The Weekly Waggle - British Open
July 15, 2012
By Dan Daly
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Since I live in America, let's break down the "British Open"… What is the only thing worse than ESPN having two days worth of coverage for a major championship?
This year they are going back to Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. This course did deliver David Duval's one and only Major Championship so I have to give it some credibility, however in my opinion the British Open should rotate between St. Andrews and Carnoustie…that's it.
To learn more about the course itself I will turn it over to the 1976 Champion Golfer of the Year, Johnny Miller. 2012 Course
ESPN having the coverage all four days.
Anyway, let's break down this year's field, shall we:
The one player I can tell you for certain will not win this week is our United States Open Champion Mr. Webb Simpson. His hot wife is due to give birth the week of the British Open so Webb has elected to skip the British Open as opposed to duplicating the ridiculous pager charade pull off by 'father of the year' FIG Mickelson at the 1999 US Open.
The "Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" group:
Bubba Watson (50/1) - Even those odds are too low in my opinion. The guy simply has no chance at the British Open or the U.S. Open.
FIGJAM Mickelson (40/1) - All you need to know is that he is 40/1. That is the odds makers polite way of saying he has zero chance to win a British Open…ever.
Jim Furyk (50/1) - I normally wouldn't have him in this category, after all, 5 hours worth of energy is just as valuable across the pond as it is in America. The problem with Furyk is that he won't recover from the U.S. Open meltdown by the 2013 British Open…much less this year's tournament.
The "So you're telling me there's a chance… More like 1 in a million" group:
Luke Donald (15/1) - I have nothing against LD but the fact that he is still the top-ranked player in the world simply baffles me. At this point, when it comes to Majors he is lucky just to tee it up Saturday morning.
Rickie Fowler (40/1) - The Rickie Fowler cult/obsession is crazy to me. Not since Kim Kardashian has someone who has accomplished so little been admired and emulated by so many. My sister-in-law who knows (or cares) absolutely zero about golf was asking me about Rickie Fowler. That's when I fully realized how big this thing had become.
The "God will simply not let me win a Major Championship" group:
Lee Westwood (15/1) - Look, there is simply no other plausible explanation for why Lee Westwood has never won a major. Every time he gets into contention, and it's quite often actually, some crazy, inexplicable thing happens to him.
Sergio Garcia (30/1) - Watching the replay of the 2007 British Open the other night at Carnoustie cemented Sergio's place in this category for me. With his talent and zero Majors, he clearly pissed someone off along the way.
Monty (N/A) - Poor Monty is the charter member of this group and while he is not even playing this year it's always fun to pick on him none-the-less. He was the first round leader here in 2001 with an opening 65. But like every other major in Monty's career it ended poorly for him.
The "Samir... naga... naga... not gonna win here this week" group:
Rory McIlroy (10/1) - With his talent anything less than a top 5 is a disappointment. With that being said, his record in the two previous Majors this year, T40 and MC. So your guess is as good as mine.
It's been 17 years since John Daly won the British Open in 1995. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods (4/1) - Tiger will win a Major this year, just not this one. Would it surprise me if he won? Of course not… But just like a regular PGA tournament, he will contend over the weekend and lose before he wins one. Then he will win several. Basically, Tiger will contend this weekend, come up short, and win the PGA Championship at The Ocean Course next month. Book it.
The "Defending Champion" group:
David Duval (500/1) - Ok, so Darren Clarke is the defending British Open champion, but Double D is the defending Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club champion. Just beware of the 'Shades of Duval.'
John Patrick Daly (150/1) - Laugh at me now, as long as you apologize to me come Sunday.
If for whatever strange reason JD isn't able to pull it off this week, I'm going with Ernie Els (40/1) as your 2012 British Open Champion.