1. Tiger vs. Phil

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have a lot at stake this weekend.

Mickelson holds the record for most runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open with five. Meanwhile, Woods has won it three times. But if Mickelson wins it this year, he’ll overtake Woods as No. 1 in the world rankings.

Woods and Mickelson enter the event as co-betting favorites with 7-1 odds, according to Bodog.com.



2 Local flair.

Hometown hero Sean O’Hair is looking to bounce back after a roller coaster ride at last year’s U.S. Open at Bethpage.

The West Chester resident spent the week knowing his wife was expecting the couple’s third child any day. O’Hair shot a 76 in the final round and tied for 23rd. _____________________________________________________________

3 Heart of the matter.

While the tabloids track Tiger, the feel-good story of the weekend is Erik Compton.

Compton, making his first U.S. Open start, is a two-time heart transplant recipient and suffers from viral cardiomyopathy. The heart condition causes fatigue, forcing him to pace himself during practice rounds at the rate of nine holes per day. HBO camera crews are following Compton to film an upcoming documentary.

“Just another tournament, right?” the 30-year-old golfer told reporters earlier this week.

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