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'There are a few guys out there that can, but I would say this: You can probably count them on one hand.' - Golfer Nick Price, on who could beat Tiger Woods at the US Open

All eyes on Tiger

Tiger Woods has won four straight majors, and there's nothing to suggest this week will be any different.

He's flush from the tee, crisp with his irons, and controls the pace on the greens. He's the perfect package for the US Open, the closest thing to perfection that golf has to offer.

Woods, the only player to hold all four major golf titles at the same time, will try at the US Open to become the first golfer to win five in a row. The players teed off yesterday at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. "Tiger would be the first one to admit that he has to play well to win," says Nick Price. "The question is, when he plays well, can anyone beat him?" The best prospects are two-time Open winner Ernie Els, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, and Sergio Garcia.

Cubs on a roll

The ball keeps bouncing the right way for the surprising Chicago Cubs.

In a Tuesday game between two division leaders, the Cubs beat Arizona 6-2 to maintain the best record in the National League - and end a string of seven consecutive losses at the Diamondbacks' Bank One Ballpark.

The Cubs' Rondell White, last week's NL player of the week, drove in three runs with a homer and a single. "As a team, we're feeling great. Right now, we're just rolling."

(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Monitor

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