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British Open: Jason Day is the pick

by Berry Tramel Modified: July 17, 2014 at 9:55 am •  Published: July 16, 2014
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Jason Day practices at Royal Liverpool. (AP Photo)
Jason Day practices at Royal Liverpool. (AP Photo)

The British Open starts Thursday at Royal Liverpool. Tiger Woods makes his return. But until Tiger shows he’s back to playing competitive golf, I can’t pick him to even contend. Here are my top 20 picks at Hoylake:

1. Jason Day, Australia: My favorite Aussie. I’ll keep picking him until he wins.

2. Thomas Bjorn, Denmark: The Great Dane is No. 1 on the European Tour money list.

3. Henrik Stenson, Sweden: In the last four majors, Stenson has tied for fourth (U.S. Open), tied for 14th (Masters), placed third (PGA) and placed second (British).

4. Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa: Oosthuizen actually is four inches taller than his countryman Gary Player. It just doesn’t seem like it.

5. Martin Kaymer, Germany: Had himself quite the British Open.

6. Justin Rose, England: Won the Scottish Open last weekend and won the PGA Tour stop at Congressional the week before that.

7. Rickie Fowler, U.S.: A pick purely with the heart. I’d love to see the Claret Jug with an orange background.

8. Ernie Els, South Africa: It always helps to know how to play.

9. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland: Only one top-10 finish in the British. That drought can’t continue.

10. Adam Scott, Australia: A wonderful player; I’ll be glad when that long putter is gone.

11. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland: If you’ll excuse the Yogi Berraism, probably the world’s best player, he just doesn’t play like it often enough.

12. Angel Cabrera, Argentina: Manu Ginobili and the Argentine soccer squad have had a nice summer. Can Cabrera be far behind?

13. Francesco Molinari, Italy: I’m a little partial to the Italians, having just returned from the ancient land.

14. Matt Kuchar, U.S.: He certainly seems like a nice fellow.

15. Lee Westwood, England: At some point, Westwood will lose the distinction of world’s-greatest-player-without-a-major. He’ll either win his way out or lose his way out.

16. Phil Mickelson, U.S.: Seems like the defending champ, a guy with five majors, ought to be on the list.

17. Jonas Blixt, Sweden: The Swedes once were tennis phenoms. Maybe they’ll take over golf.

18. Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain: If he wins a major, those funky back-loosening moves will be all the rage.

19. Sergio Garcia, Spain: I think we can safely say that it’s no longer safe to say that Garcia will eventually win a major.

20. Keegan Bradley, U.S.: Tied for fourth in the U.S. Open.

 

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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