Seriously Golf Digest? U.S. Open predictions are out

This morning, Twitter informed me that Golf Digest had posted a "short list" of players who have a shot at winning the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. The article is available here

Their list:
*Tiger Woods
*Paul Casey 
*Henrik Stenson 
*Jim Furyk
*Ernie Els
*Kenny Perry 
*Phil Mickelson
*Geoff Ogilvy 

Though I concur with the magazine on many of the picks (especially Jim Furyk and Geoff Ogilvy), I think GD's hypothesis that the list of potential winners is that short is a little off. 

In my opinion, the lack of Padraig Harrington on this list is a bit troublesome. Come on! He won two major championships last season, and he played pretty strong golf at Augusta National. He certainly can handle pressure, and I wouldn't be surprised if he scales the leaderboard. 

On the other hand, I couldn't foresee a strong U.S. Open for Ernie Els. His putter has been cold all season, and his length won't help him too much at this tournament due to the sheer length of Bethpage Black. He also missed the cut at the Masters this year. The Big Easy will not be in contention. 

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