My roll of the dice is Rory McIlroy. He won the U.S. Open and would have won the Masters had he not faded.

That works for me. Fingers crossed.

gdiaz@tribune.com

LPGA's Tseng dominates

Mark Wogenrich

Morning Call

With nine first-time winners in majors and four No. 1s in the last three years, men's golf has no "best player." So if pressed to choose one player, you'd be wise to invite the LPGA's Yani Tseng.

At 22, she's the youngest golfer (male or female) to win four majors and is a U.S. Open away from a career grand slam. Annika Sorenstam was 32 when she reached that milestone.

In four years as a pro, Tseng has 16 victories, eight on the LPGA. She has been No. 1 in the world for 23 consecutive weeks. Next week, she heads to Carnoustie to defend her Women's British Open title.

mwogenrich@tribune.com

Lefty stands alone

Lee Gordon

Chicago Tribune

You cannot be the best golfer today if you haven't won a major. So scratch Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and hundreds of others. And winning one major isn't enough — 127 players have gotten lucky enough to do so. So drop Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and other young talents from the discussion.

And you can't be on the Champions Tour — or about to join it — to qualify. The 50-and-overs just can't compete with the young boppers.

Most important, you must bring electricity to the game. So no LPGA (sorry Yani Tseng) or Nationwide players.

So there are only two to consider: Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. And since Tiger is technically not playing, the answer today is Mickelson.

lcgordon@tribune.com