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British Open 2013: Who’s In The Running? Part 2
Take a look at the rest of our picks who might just win this year’s British Open and let us know who you’ll be backing on our official Facebook page.
It’d be too easy to simply write Phil Mickelson off at Muirfield, but there was plenty of fight in him at the US Open, wasn’t there? Enough to force his way to victory here? Maybe...Just maybe...He’s used to playing at the highest level and competing on the big stages. With five Major Championships already under his illustrious belt no one could really claim too much surprise if he were to actually win this year’s event. A strategic thinker and veteran of the game, Phil Mickelson might well cause a not-so-big upset...
Lee Westwood would love to win this. The Claret Jug means more to him than any other event, and it shows. He is yet to win a coveted Major but has come so close on numerous occasions, placing second at The Masters and British Open in 2010 and third twice at the US Open. Westwood is a former World No 1 and still has what it takes to win at Muirfield. But at 40 years of age, is the younger players’ stamina that little bit too much for him to contend with? Time will tell.
Former World No 1 player in the world and the only golfer to win the money title on both the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same year, Luke Donald is one of the greats in the sport. He didn’t enjoy a comfortable US Open with a disappointing eight place finish, but he’s made 16 cuts in a row and is always in the running no matter what trophy he is playing for. He finished fifth twice at the Open Championship in 2009 and 2012 respectively, and deserves to be one of the highly favoured players at Muirfield this year.
Sergio Garcia is a golfing great when he manages to keep his head down and work hard. So far this year he’s finished in the top 20 of seven out of nine PGA Tournaments and currently sits fifth in the scoring average. Though Sergio is another household name yet to win a Major event, the Claret Jug might well be his first taste of Major glory.
Consistency is the word on the lips of many golf fans when speaking about Graeme McDowell. His US Open victory in 2010 propelled him to stardom but even before then he was more than capable of putting on superb performances. This year McDowell won the RBC Heritage, his first win since the Open. While he has four top 10 finishes this year, he also missed the cut at his last two events, including the Open at Merion where he was one of the favourites. Many are of the belief that, if the hard-working and consistent McDowell shows up at Muirfield, then chances are he’ll once again be a real handful for the more ‘popular’ choices of winner.