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Five storylines to watch at the U.S. Open

Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Colonial golf tournament, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Colonial golf tournament, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. AP

Williams’ return

Adam Scott, winner of the 2013 Masters and 2014 Colonial, has lured caddie Steve Williams, 51, out of retirement to handle his bag during this year’s remaining majors. Scott, who reached No. 1 in the world rankings last season with Williams at his side, has struggled this year. He’s winless and has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings. Williams, former caddie for Tiger Woods and Greg Norman (among others), has been on the bag for 146 wins by professional golfers, including 14 major titles (13 by Woods, one by Scott).

Mickelson’s quest

Phil Mickelson, a five-time major champion, seeks the one title he lacks to complete a career Grand Slam. Mickelson, who turns 45 on Tuesday, has finished as a U.S. Open runner-up six times in his career (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013).

Woods’ struggles

Tiger Woods, winner of 14 major titles, heads into U.S. Open week after one of the most humbling performances of his PGA Tour career. Woods, 39, finished last among cut survivors in his most recent start at the Memorial Tournament, where he posted the highest score of his professional career (85) in the third round.

Grand Slam opportunity

Masters champion Jordan Spieth, 21, is the only golfer in the field with a chance to complete the 2015 Grand Slam. Spieth, a Dallas resident, sits at No. 2 in the world golf rankings and tied for third at the Memorial Tournament in his most recent outing.

Rory’s roll

Rory McIlroy, the world’s top-ranked golfer, has finished fourth or better in each of golf’s past three majors. Included are two victories (2014 PGA, 2014 British Open) and a fourth-place finish at the 2015 Masters, where McIlroy posted weekend rounds of 68-66. He’s won twice on the 2015 PGA Tour.

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