Who Can Win The 2013 Open and Why?

Who Can Win The 2013 Open and Why?

Who Will Take The Claret Jug As The Open Returns To Muirfield?

Mid July, warm and sunny, the Open is upon us. The weather looks set fair, the course is simply stunning. Muirfield is, according to many, the fairest test on the Open Rota. And looking at past winners at this venue, don’t expect anything other than a thoroughbred winner this week.

For that reason, I’m going for form horses, who are also high in the rankings. Firstly, lets looks at some of the likely candidates:



Fresh as a daisy having not played since the US Open, Tiger never plays tournaments leading up to majors, and I’m sure his elbow has been sufficiently sorted. He’ll have been perfecting his stinger over the last few days as well as fly fishing in Ireland. Several big wins this year, off course life settled, only a fool would rule him out.




Stunningly poor season so far, openly hates links golf. Yes he has the talent to turn it all around at the click of a finger, but this week simply isn’t going to be his.





With such a complete game, I could certainly see Rose in contention. With the US Open still fresh in his mind, adapting to the many responsibilities that lie with being a major winner, it takes an awfully special player to go back to back, and Rose isn’t in that pedigree.






Just re-read the Rose paragraph!





Just won the Scottish open. This should be no reflection on his chances. Castle Stuart is stunning, but the equivalent of giving Roger Federer the Doubles lines to play with as well. Wide open and frankly, too easy to hold a tournament for top players. The Open will be a different story, even with his Franken Wood; he will come into too much trouble to be a factor.





The putts that fell for 18 months are now sliding past the hole, to go from 1st to 8th in the World rankings in such a short period of time would indicate nothing but a slump, has never won a major, never really had a chance to, and never even won a WGC stroke play event. His game is far too dependent on putting; he’s just not world class when his putts aren’t dropping.





What has been said about Westwood still rings true? Will likely get into contention, but won’t cross the line with too many putts sliding by.





Loves the wind, 2 big wins this year, will not falter if he has a chance, this could be the week for G-Mac to add to his US Open Triumph of a couple of years ago.





As much of a shock his victory at Lytham & St. Annes last year was, I wouldn’t put it past the Big Easy to triumph again this year. A past winner at Muirfield and a great links player, what a golfing romance it could be.





There are always going to be some contenders who are somewhat unexpected. If you fancy an outsider, I like Stenston, Bjorn, Fowler and Grace.




Good Luck!


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