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2012 Open Championship: Staff predictions

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — The field is set. The practice rounds were in full force on Tuesday morning at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for the 2012 Open Championship. And now it is time to put our prognostication skills to the test.

Does Tiger Woods finally breakthrough? Will Lee Westwood or Luke Donald finally get their first major championship? Will Rory McIlroy look more like, well, Rory McIlroy? Can Padraig Harrington added another Claret Jug to his collection?

A cool fact to take into account: 15 different players have won the last 15 majors. That’s startling considering the world had grown accustomed to Tiger winning multiple majors every year.

But Tiger even admitted on Tuesday that fields are deeper than ever, and that trend will likely continue as golf grows into a true international sport.

So, who are our favorites? Who is an underdog to take a look at?

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The field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings:

  • 1. Lee Westwood
  • 2. Luke Donald
  • 3. Adam Scott
  • 4. Matt Kuchar
  • 5. Sergio Garcia
  • 6. Tiger Woods
  • 7. Rory McIlroy
  • 8. Steve Stricker
  • 9. Hunter Mahan
  • 10. Jason Dufner
  • 11. Francesco Molinari
  • 12. Jim Furyk
  • 13. Justin Rose
  • 15. Zach Johnson
  • 16. Bubba Watson
  • 17. Bo Van Pelt
  • 18. Marcel Siem
  • 19. Rickie Fowler
  • 20. Phil Mickelson
  • 21. Charl Schwartzel
  • 23. Peter Hanson
  • 24. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 25. Nick Watney
  • 26. Ernie Els
  • 28. Ian Poulter
  • 29. Dustin Johnson
  • 30. John Huh
  • 31. Martin Kaymer
  • 33. Brandt Snedeker
  • 34. Keegan Bradley
  • 35. Nicolas Colsaerts
  • 36. Kevin Na
  • 38. Carl Pettersson
  • 39. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 40. Jamie Donaldson
  • 45. Charles Howell III
  • 47. Paul Lawrie
  • 48. Martin Laird
  • 50. Padraig Harrington
  • 51. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 53. Graeme McDowell
  • 54. Bill Haas
  • 56. Joost Luiten
  • 57. Simon Dyson
  • 59. Rafael Cabrera-Bello
  • 62. Greg Chalmers
  • 64. Jonathan Byrd
  • 65. Thomas Bjorn
  • 68. Alexander Noren
  • 69. Vijay Singh
  • 70. K.J. Choi
  • 71. Trevor Immelman
  • 74. Aaron Baddeley
  • 75. Harris English
  • 76. Y.E. Yang
  • 77. Marc Leishman
  • 79. Thongchai Jaidee
  • 80. Kyle Stanley
  • 82. Mark Wilson
  • 85. Gary Woodland
  • 89. Pablo Larrazabal
  • 91. Anders Hansen
  • 93. Yoshinori Fujimoto
  • 95. Hiroyuki Fujita
  • 96. George Coetzee
  • 99. Ross Fisher
  • 102. Sang-moon Bae
  • 104. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
  • 106. Johnson Wagner
  • 107. Koumei Oda
  • 109. Jeev Milkha Singh
  • 112. Ben Curtis
  • 114. Richie Ramsay
  • 115. Toru Taniguchi
  • 116. Marcus Fraser
  • 117. Chad Campbell
  • 119. Robert Rock
  • 121. K.T. Kim
  • 124. Retief Goosen
  • 132. Bob Estes
  • 133. Robert Allenby
  • 138. Brendan Jones
  • 145. Chez Reavie
  • 147. Miguel Angel Jimenez
  • 152. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 162. Davis Love III
  • 164. Tim Clark
  • 165. Gregory Havret
  • 170. Thomas Aiken
  • 171. Richard Sterne
  • 173. Andres Romero
  • 174. Alejandro Canizares
  • 175. Alvaro Quiros
  • 177. Greg Owen
  • 195. Toshinori Muto
  • 200. Stewart Cink
  • 203. James Driscoll
  • 204. Raphael Jacquelin
  • 210. John Daly
  • 222. Ted Potter Jr.
  • 222. John Senden
  • 237. Branden Grace
  • 241. Thorbjorn Olesen
  • 259. Sam Walker
  • 260. Lucas Glover
  • 261. James Morrison
  • 263. Troy Matteson
  • 264. Jbe Kruger
  • 277. Justin Leonard
  • 288. Matthew Baldwin
  • 300. Nicholas Cullen
  • 303. Prayad Marksaeng
  • 320. Garth Mulroy
  • 335. Michael Hoey
  • 344. Stephen Ames
  • 346. Andrew Georgiou
  • 357. Brad Kennedy
  • 361. Juvic Pagunsan
  • 366. Steven Tiley
  • 373. Lee Slattery
  • 381. Simon Khan
  • 383. Troy Kelly
  • 406. Ashley Hall
  • 407. Paul Casey
  • 412. Tadahiro Takayama
  • 423. Justin Hicks
  • 448. Anirban Lahiri
  • 481. Steven O’Hara
  • 502. Morten Orum Madsen
  • 507. Adilson Da Silva
  • 520. Darren Clarke
  • 559. Richard Finch
  • 577. Mardan Mamat
  • 605. Daniel Chopra
  • 650. Angel Cabrera
  • 726. Steven Alker
  • 729. David Duval
  • 731. Rafael Echenique
  • 739. Aaron Townsend
  • 804. Todd Hamilton
  • 855. Kodai Ichihara
  • 933. Elliot Saltman
  • N/R. Barry Lane
  • N/R. Sandy Lyle
  • N/R. Warren Bennett
  • N/R. Dale Whitnell
  • N/R. Tom Lehman
  • N/R. Robert Karlsson
  • N/R. a-Alan Dunbar
  • N/R. Scott Pinckney
  • N/R. Paul Broadhurst
  • N/R. Ian Keenan
  • N/R. Mark Calcavecchia
  • N/R. Tom Watson
  • N/R. Grant Veenstra
  • N/R. Russ Cochran
  • N/R. a-Manuel Trappel

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