British Open 2013: Who’s In The Running? Part 1
Excitement is building as we near the start of the 2013 British Open at Scotland’s Muirfield Country Club the weekend of July 18-21. Tiger Woods is stalking that 15th Major crown, but will his elbow hold out for the event? Will Adam Scott reign supreme here like he did at The Masters earlier this year? Will a British player such as Casey, Donald or Poulter bring home the crown?
We’ve compiled a list of possible entrants and their chances of success at the British Open this year.
Tiger Woods knows how to win the big events. He’s done it 14 times already, and his recent resurgence in form has seen a few positive displays which could indicate a second coming of sorts for the World Number 1. Despite persistent elbow trouble recently which saw him withdraw from the Irish Open, Tiger already has three Open titles under his belt so he knows how to manage the diversities of a links course set against the sea. His performance stats, including being first in scoring average and second in total putting, coupled with his desire to win that coveted next Major, set him apart from the field and place him high on the list of potential winners.
McIlroy is ranked second in the world and yet seems at odds with his own performances. Four times this year the Irishman has finished in the top 10, but thus far a Major win has simply not looked on the cards. He has slipped down the overall scoring average list to 23rd, and as the winner of the U.S Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship last year, he will definitely be up for adding more trophies to his Majors cabinet.
Ian Poulter is well known for his flamboyant and colourful attires. He has his own clothing range and loves to entertain on the golf course. But Ian Poulter is also a very committed player, recording a top-20 finish in all four Majors. He has also found success in Europe, Japan, the USA and Africa. A closing round of 69 at Royal Birkdale in 2008 brought him a second-placed finish behind Padraig Harrington at The Open before his heroics in the Ryder Cup. The Englishman is a dark horse that’s definitely in this race.
Adam Scott is still the name on many golf fans’ lips. He realised a dream at The Masters this year and that success has carried him on a wave on adrenaline ever since. Long gone is the memory of the Australian throwing away a seven-shot lead at the British Open; Scott is now a favourite to win at Muirfield. A stellar year thus far, Scott has put together four top 10s and is ranked fourth in the world. If he were to win the British Open he would put many past demons to bed.
Rose is coming off his first Major win at the US Open and playing some of the best golf in the world right now. The crest of his wave is well and truly being ridden. The 32-year-old Englishman is nothing if not consistent, and his cool demeanour when placed under pressure showed through at the US Open. Muirfield is a notoriously difficult place to play, but Rose knows he has to master the wind, rain and all the adverse weather which comes to any golf course in Britain. If Rose remains calm and confident this year we could have an English Open winner again.
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