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Golfweek.com predicts Women's Open winner

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Golfweek.com has three reporters on the scene this week at Saucon Valley for the U.S. Women's Open. Here are their predictions:

James Achenbach

Winner: Jiyai Tseng. OK, I made that up. It's the first name of Jiyai Shin and the last name of Yani Tseng, two of the most dominant players the LPGA has ever seen. Will they win? No, because I'm a Suzann Pettersen fan, and I had a dream she would win. I always look to driving accuracy as a key in the U.S. Open, and Pettersen is ... oops ... 99th in that category. Well, I'll have to concentrate on other stats: Pettersen ranks in the top 10 this year in earnings, scoring average, rounds in the 60s, greens in regulation, and birdies. In the mold of Tiger Woods, Pettersen is a fearless competitor. If she can't do it with ability, she'll do it with toughness. Sleeper: Pat Hurst. If she gets in contention, watch out. This streaky veteran may be on the downside of her career, but she likes mixing it up in the major championships. She lost the 2006 U.S. Open in a playoff with Annika Sorenstam, and she is still seeking payback.

Beth Ann Baldry

Winner: Jiyai Shin. Her boring, fairways-and-greens game will suit Saucon Valley just fine. She's as mentally tough as they come and already a major champion (2008 Ricoh Women's British Open). Shin seems to be getting more and more acclimated to American courses and grass — bad news for the rest of the tour. Will she be as good as Se Ri Pak? "I think so," said Il Mi Chung, the tour's eldest Korean. "Or possibly, even better." Sleeper: Kristy McPherson. It seems odd to call McPherson a sleeper given that she's finished top 5 in both majors this year. Still, the South Carolina native is hardly a household name. Get to know her. She's a rock-solid ball striker, and if she putts well, she contends. Simple as that.

Dan Mirocha

Winner: Lorena Ochoa. Is it me, or is Lorena coming into the Open a little under the radar? Sure, she's won twice this season, but she has yet to really contend on the back nine of a major on Sunday (T-12, Kraft; T-23, McDonald's). That will change this weekend. Mariachi band on Line 2, anyone? Sleeper: Lindsey Wright. She was the runner-up at McDonald's and finished fourth at Kraft. There's no reason this easy-going Australian can't keep up her strong play at Saucon Valley. And get this: On her Web site, Wright lists eating ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery as one of her favorite ways to unwind. She's in luck. There are four Cold Stone stores in the Allentown/Bethlehem, Pa., area. (I checked online.)

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