Only one player can win the Grand Slam this year, and at the moment Ian Woosnam is not too fond of his chances. The man who outlasted Tom Watson and Jose-Maria Olazabal at the Masters is back in the United States for the first time since that victory and unhappy with his game.
No player has ever won all four major championships _ Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship _ in the same year.
"My game is not so good," Woosnam said Tuesday after a practice round at Hazeltine National Golf Club, where the 91st U.S. Open begins on Thursday.
"I'm not thinking right now about winning the tournament. I'm hoping to get off to a steady start so I can maybe get into contention. I'm not driving the ball that well."Azinger's dilemma
Paul Azinger comes into the U.S. Open having played only two tournaments since finishing a disappointing 52nd at the Masters. Again, he has faced questions about winning his first major championship.
"There are people who say you need to win a major to put the stamp of excellence on a career," said Azinger, who lives in Bradenton. "That's probably the case although I hate to admit it.
"I'm not trying to win a major because I'm concerned about other people's perception of me. I'm trying to win a major because that's one of the goals I have left and it's important to me."
The local lineup
Azinger will be paired during the first two rounds with Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia. They begin play Thursday at 2:20 p.m. Other area players in the field are Palm Harbor's John Huston, who tees off at 9 a.m. Thursday, Brandon's Lee Janzen (11:30), Tarpon Springs' Jay Overton(3:30), and Tampa's Brian Kamm (3:40). Kamm, a former Florida State golfer, is getting his first taste of the U.S. Open.
_ BOB HARIG