Tiger's ominously on the prowl for a 15th Major

ON THE GREENS WITH <br /><strong>SAM TORRANCE</strong><br /><br />TIGER WOODS&rsquo; fantastic victory in the Memorial tournament a fortnight ago is ominous news for all those players hoping to capitalise on his supposedly drawn-out recovery from knee surgery when the US Open begins today.<br /><br />Winning US Opens is all about hitting fairways and greens and Tiger&rsquo;s victory in Ohio showed all the traits of arguably the best player the world has ever seen going for a 15th Major title this weekend.<br /><br />Hitting 49 of 56 fairways, including 14 out of 14 on the final day, is magnificent golf and sends out a warning to his rivals that once again he has peaked just when he needed to.<br /><br /><strong>BEAUTIFUL FLIGHTER</strong><br />Few will be able to forget the sight of Tiger limping to a third US Open success at Torrey Pines last year. This year, he has no damaged limbs and renewed determination &ndash; he simply has to be the one to beat at Bethpage Black, New York, this weekend.<br /><br />Of his main competitors, I really think world No3 Paul Casey has the game to win a Major. Paul is a beautiful flighter of the ball which means he can get the ball to stop easier on the hard greens. That gives you a great advantage on a US Open course and with Europe&rsquo;s No1 player in the form of his life, I wouldn&rsquo;t put it past him to finally land the big prize he so richly deserves.<br /><br />Like Casey, Lee Westwood, who came so close last year, has the game to win a Major, while Jim Furyk is in good shape to add to the title he won in 2003. It promises to be fascinating.<br /><br />US OPEN 2009 SELECTED FIRST ROUND TEE-TIMES AND ODDS<br /><strong>Starting at hole 1</strong><br />(times at GMT)<br />12.44pm Vijay Singh (Fij), Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), K J Choi (Kor)<br />12.55pm Justin Leonard, Ian Poulter (Eng), Robert Allenby (Aus)<br />1.06pm Angel Cabrera (Arg), Padraig Harrington (Irl), Tiger Woods<br />1.28pm Zach Johnson, Lee Westwood (Eng), Shingo Katayama (Jpn)<br />6.25pm Camilo Villegas (Col), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Adam Scott (Aus)<br />6.36pm Sean O'Hair, Justin Rose (Eng), Ross Fisher (Eng)<br /><br /><strong>Starting at hole 10</strong><br />12.55pm Jim Furyk, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Paul Casey (Eng)<br />1.06pm Trevor Immelman (SA), Luke Donald (Eng), Tim Clark (SA)<br />6.14pm Anthony Kim, Rory McIlroy (NI), Dustin Johnson<br />6.36pm Retief Goosen (SA), Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els (SA)<br /><br /><strong>Odds (Paddy Power)</strong> - 7/4 T Woods; 16 G Ogilvy, 17 P Mickelson, 22 J Furyk, P Casey, 30 S Stricker, 40 R Goosen, S Garcia, 45 P Harrington