As the world’s best partake in their final practice rounds, THE SPORTS DISPENCER is ready to deliver who and what to watch for at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for this year’s Open Championship.
Tiger Woods 7.5 to 1 — After three wins this year, Woods has cemented frontrunner status.
Lee Westwood 14 to 1 — With countless top-five finishes, Great Britain’s own is still searching for his elusive first major.
Rory McIlroy 16 to 1 — After falling off the map at recent majors, can McIlroy return to championship form?
Luke Donald 14 to 1 — The world number one finds himself in the same boat as fellow Englishman Lee Westwood.
Padraig Harrington 16 to 1 — With two Open Championships under his belt, Harrington is always in the conversation.
Phil Mickelson 28 to 1 — Last year’s runner up hopes to improve upon his career best performance.
Justin Rose 30 to 1 — Grouped with perennial contenders Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, Rose hopes to make some noise early.
Jim Furyk 50 to 1 — After a quality U.S. Open performance, Furyk hopes to carry his success to Royal Lytham
Bubba Watson 50 to 1 — Bubba has found little success across the pond, but this year’s Masters champ is hoping to turn it around.
The Field (Any Other Player) 2 to 1 — With fifteen different victors in the past fifteen major championships, “Lady Luck” sides with the field.
Notable Tee Times (All Times Eastern)
4:09 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Zach Johnson
4:20 a.m.: Lee Westwood, Yoshinori Fujimoto, Bubba Watson
4:31 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Hiroyuki Fujita
4:42 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia
8:59 a.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Hunter Mahan, John Senden
9:21 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Keegan Bradley
9:32 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington, Manuel Trappel (A)
9:43 a.m.: Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy
Sand save ace Seve Ballesteros remains the only golfer to have walked away twice with the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. This time around, Lee Westwood — ranked third on tour for sand save percentage — will survive the course’s 206 bunkers to earn his well-deserved first major win.
What do you think? Anything we missed? Who would you choose? Comment below and let the discussion begin.