Miller likes Tiger repeat at US Open


NBC Sports commentator Johnny Miller thinks a sequel is in order next week as Tiger Woods tries to make it 2-for-2 at Bethpage Black. Miller broke down the contenders for the U.S. Open for Sunday's New York Post, and listed Woods as a 2-1 favorite to win his fourth U.S. Open title. 'He's got good vibes at Bethpage,' said Miller. 'He won there in 2002 and likes to play where he's won before.'
Indeed he does. Of Woods's 14 major titles, four have come at Augusta National, two at St. Andrews (2000, 2005 Open Championships) and two at Medinah Country Club (1999, 2006 PGA Championships). Tiger also won last year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where he's amassed six Buick Invitational titles. 'It's all about the driver for Tiger,' said Miller. 'The irons are good and he's always good enough with the short game. It's a matter of whether or not the driver keeps him from winning the Open.'
Miller gives Phil Mickelson, the overwhelming crowd favorite in New York, an 8-1 shot at unseating Tiger. '[If he can] get through the first round under par with all the well-wishing from the crowd for [wife] Amy, that will be the key,' Miller told the Post. Miller also likes 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy at 15-1 ('He's a card shark who's cool and doesn't get too riled up.') and, as a darkhorse, Paul Casey at 28-1 ('He might be the best player in the world at the moment.').