Scott leads expert picks for British Open
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Adam Scott tops our senior writers' picks to win the 2014 British Open, with Jordan Spieth and Paul Casey also earning multiple mentions as contenders at Royal Liverpool.
See who else ranks among our expert picks in this year's Open Championship.
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Winner: Phil Mickelson. Heading into the Open Championship, the more erratic he plays, the more I like his chances. Throw out all the conventional insights when evaluating Mickelson … he will be inspired in the homeland of the Beatles … he will play a birdie tune. Majors are everything to this guy, and he will surprise everyone with his ability to handle any wind that invades Royal Liverpool.
Outside top 50: Paul Casey. What's more perfect than a longshot Englishman challenging for the Open Championship title? Casey is a tough guy, and tough guys will prevail in this major. Casey is strong enough to contend with difficult conditions, and he really wants to win, which is important in this championship.
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Winner: Adam Scott. Love his demeanor, his solid ballstriking when the winds kick up, and the way he has figured out how to play the majors.
Outside top 50: Paul Casey. Englishman is beginning to find his form, and could perform well on the home stage.
Low American: Jordan Spieth. He isn’t a stranger to links golf, and he has the grit to hang around on Sunday.
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Winner: Adam Scott. He was the runner-up to Ernie Els two years ago at Royal Lytham and St. Annes and took third last season at Muirfield. He’s No. 1 in the world and has been at Royal Liverpool for almost a week already. The Aussie wins his second major this week.
Outside top 50: Angel Cabrera. He’s ranked No. 55 in the OWGR, but don’t tell that to the competition. Cabrera won at Oakmont, then won at Augusta and just won two weeks ago at the Greenbrier. He’s struttin’ like a duck that’s proud of his feathers and could overpower Hoylake.
Low American: Jimmy Walker. It’s tempting to go with Jordan Spieth because the kid has be so good for the past year, but Walker will want to remind people that he’s got three wins this season and plans to be a factor at the Ryder Cup. The Texan knows how to handle wind and should contend.
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Winner: Sergio Garcia. Just so long as he doesn’t include the banana costume in his Hoylake plan this time around.
Outside Top 50: Matteo Manassero. Coming off solid Scottish Open, he’s got plenty of game and great imagination.
Low American: Jordan Spieth. T-44 in whirlwind Open debut a year ago, should handle this trip well, given his Masters experience.
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Winner: Graeme McDowell. Has a good history at Liverpool and has won two weeks ago.
Outside top 50: Ernie Els. Why not?
Low American: Phil Mickelson. Liked what I saw at Aberdeen.
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Winner: Henrik Stenson. Last year's runner-up at the Open Championship, Stenson has three top-3 finishes at this championship in the last five years. Tied for fourth at Pinehurst.
Outside top 50: Lee Westwood. Continuing over-40 winners, Westwood has three top-3s in this championship. The Englishman should be hungry for revenge after a close call last year at Muirfield.
Low American: Jordan Spieth. Although he's playing in only his second Open Championship, Spieth has shown us time again that he's a quick learner. 2014 Masters runner-up earned a last-minute trip to Muirfield last summer via a victory at the John Deere Classic.
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Winner: Sergio Garcia. Garcia contended last time at Royal Liverpool. More mature now. Much better putter. It's his time. Won't make mistake of wearing canary suit again.
Outside top 50: Angel Cabrera. Cabrera dangerous in majors and has snapped out of slump. In top 25 in his last three PGA Tour starts, including victory at Greenbrier Classic two weeks ago.
Low American: Jordan Spieth. He’s a top-10 machine who has a game for all courses and all seasons.
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Winner: Adam Scott. Not going out on a limb here am I? I just like the way he goes about his business and I think there's something to his new Aimpoint Express Read technique for reading greens. I always like to give you a second name to consider in case you're in a one-and-done league and wouldn't be surprised to see either Matt Kuchar or Jason Day pick up their first major.
Outside top 50: Brooks Koepka. Koepka can really play. Earned his card the hard way for both the European and PGA Tour. He has a comfort level most Americans don't have on that side of the pond. This could be the week he becomes a household name.
Low American: Matt Kuchar.