Previewing the 2012 Open Championship

Posted on 13. Jul, 2012 by in Sports

The 2012 Open Championship, or the British Open, as it’s called by many Americans, is right around the corner, and I think it’s going to be a good one this year. In my opinion, the U.S. Open is the hardest tournament to win, but the Open Championship is the hardest tournament for an American to win, so it’ll be interesting to see if the oddsmaker’s pick, Tiger Woods, can win the event for the fourth time in his career. He’s won three PGA Tour events already this year, so it seems like he’s got his stride back. He has a lot of history at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the host of this year’s Open. In 1996, Woods shot 281, the lowest score by an amateur in Open Championship history, on this course, so he’s a good pick.

My short list includes Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood. Not everyone loves Sergio Garcia, but after his close call in 2007, I wouldn’t mind seeing him win his first major. A decade ago, most people thought he would win a few.

You’ll notice there isn’t an American on the list. Jason Dufner has had a great year and could certainly figure in. Dustin Johnson is another one of our boys who could easily do it. I’d love to see Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk or Steve Stricker pull it off. They’re not as old as I am, but at least they’ve been around for a while.

I love watching this tournament and I, of course, have no idea what may happen. It is fun to think about it. Send me your top picks if you like it and we’ll all see how smart we are. It will probably be some 21-year-old from Korea whom I’ve never heard of.

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