As I have said majors are always a crap shoot to predict, just look at the U.S. Open, I would love to know who actually picked Lucas Glover. The British Open is even more difficult as it brings in the element of links golf, which is a much different brand than played in the states, as well as the factor of weather (this is Great Britain, not San Diego after all). This factor alone neutralizes the field. Yes, Tiger I am looking at you, remember Murfield at the British Open. I am going to pick three who I think have the best chance at the trophy and a few that I expect to be in the running. However, I won't be surprised if someone I have not even mentioned is holding the Claret Jug on Sunday.
Three favorites to win
1. Tiger Woods-still the number one player in the world and he will win one major before the year is out. He would love to tie tennis buddy Roger Federer in the same country that he won his 15th major title.
2. Padrig Harrington-The two time defending champion, it is his trophy until someone takes it away from him. He played well in difficult conditions at Royal Birkdale, I expect him to dig deep should the weather turn at Turnberry.
3. Steve Stricker-Two wins in the last four starts, he is a gritty competitor that has played well in majors and he could break through this week.
Six I expect in the running
1. Ernie Els-His game has gone downhill (missed cut at the Masters and U.S. Open) but he has had the most consistent record at the British throughout his career. I expect a few good major championship runs from him and there is a good chance he will find the magic and add one more trophy to his already impressive mantle.
2. Sergio Garcia-As much as he whines he will win a major one of these days and the British is his best shot. He has been out of the spotlight so I am sure he has been working on his game to get ready for the most important championship for Spaniards.
3. Mike Weir-Strong showing at the U.S. Open with a T-10 finish, always a gritty player, bringing treasure from the mother country might be just as cool as winning gold in hockey-maybe not.
4. Lucas Glover-Do NOT overlook the most recent major champion.
5. Henrik Stenson-Winner of this year's Players Championship and also had a strong showing at the U.S. Open, he is playing at a level this year in big events to bring Sweden its first major championship.
6. David Duval-He came back to life with a runner up finish at the U.S. Open, memories of climbing the mountain here in 2001 will motivate him to possibly relive the magic.