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This Week

June 17-23

U.S. Open, Olympic Club (below), San Francisco
Watch Tom Lehman, who was third at the Buick and has top 3
finishes in the last three Opens

Friendly's Classic, Crestview Country Club, Agawam, Mass.
With only Rosie Jones among the top 10 on the money list, the
Friendly's field isn't filling

AT&T Canada Senior Open, Glencoe Golf and Country Club, Calgary,
Hale Irwin will be at Olympic while other Seniors tackle a
tricky Trent Jones Jr. track

Island Open, Santo de Serra Golf Club, Madeira, Portugal
Peter Mitchell tasted victory at the '97 Madeira when the final
round was fogged out

PGA Tour
Opening Ceremonies At the Olympic Club

During last year's U.S. Open, Colin Montgomerie felt faint on
Friday and asked his wife, Eimear, for an aspirin. On Saturday,
waiting out a rain delay, he tried to buy a shirt at the pro
shop only to discover there were none in his size. On Sunday,
irked by loud fans, he blew a five-foot putt to fall out of a
tie for the lead. Starting with his third-place finish at the
'92 Open at Pebble Beach, the Troon Unit has defined major
beleaguerment. Is he due? With Ernie Els and Tiger Woods
suffering back twinges, David Duval, Justin Leonard and Lee
Westwood may be the front-runners, but aside from Els and Tom
Lehman, only Montgomerie has top 10 finishes in four of the last
six U.S. Opens. Flush with confidence after leading the European
team over the favored Yanks in last fall's Ryder Cup and armed
with the game's most accurate three-wood, Monty might be the
right man on the right course at the right time. Nobody is
due-er than the dour Scotsman.

A Chance for New Friendly's Faces

Fans at Crestview Country Club may be crestfallen to learn that
Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb are taking the week off, but
their absence could be good news for Brandie Burton, Chris
Johnson, Betsy King, Michelle McGann, Alison Nicholas and
defending champion Deb Richard. Those six have won 59 tour
titles, but they are winless this season. Without the cream of
the LPGA crop in the way, one of them could rise to the top.

Senior Tour
Meet the Relentless Jack Kiefer

A 58-year-old retired club pro, Jack Kiefer has become a Senior
circuit iron man, playing in more than 30 events a year. He won
last June's du Maurier Champions, which this week becomes the
AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship. Now the tireless defending
champ and New Jersey PGA Hall of Famer hopes to outshine Jim
Colbert, Jim Dent and Larry Nelson.

COLOR PHOTO: JAMIE SQUIRE/ALLSPORT [Golf course at Olympic Club in San Francisco]