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The 5 Favorites To Win the 2014 British Open

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2014 British Open: The 5 Favorites To Win It All

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With Tiger Woods back in action along with the rest of the world's best golfers, it's hard to pick any one guy who has the best chance. The game's elite have been raking in plenty of wins this year so you'd have to believe we will see a familiar name at the top of the leaderboard this Sunday at Royal Liverpool. Here are the five guys who have the best shot at taking home the 2014 Open Championship.

5. Rory McIlroy

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5. Rory McIlroy

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McIlroy has opened as the favorite to win the 2014 British Open, but his play at the Scottish Open this past week makes me skeptical. He had three great rounds, but still cannot avoid a high number in the 2nd round (78). He definitely has been on the upswing this year, but the consistency still isn't quite there yet. However, if he can shoot around even par on Friday he may just be able to run away with this tournament.

4. Martin Kaymer

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4. Martin Kaymer

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Kaymer seems to be playing the best golf of his career, and it's hard to ignore his results. Winning back-to-back Majors seems like a reach for Kaymer, especially when you throw in his win at The Players Championship, but his game is locked in. He's made 5-of-6 cuts in his career at the British Open, with his highest finish coming in 2010 with a T7. This may just be Kaymer's year, and it could end being one of the greatest ever.

3. Adam Scott

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3. Adam Scott

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He seems to be right at the top of the leaderboard in every major, and at somepoint he is going to start rattling off a few big wins. He proved he can close the deal last year at The Masters, and he has second place finish and a T3 respectively in the last two British Open's. Add in the fact that he has three Top-10 finishes in his last three events, including a win at Colonial CC at the end of May, and he is primed to get his second Major.

2. Henrik Stenson

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2. Henrik Stenson

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Henrik Stenson has absolutely crushed the British Open over the past six years, having finished in the Top-10 three times. And one of those years he wasn't even in the field, so three of five is remarkable. He was runner-up in 2013 and has played well in the big tournaments this year leading up to this week at Hoylake. With a T14 at The Masters followed up by a T4 at the US Open, Stenson may finally be ready to break through as a Major Champion.

1. Justin Rose

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1. Justin Rose

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He's the hottest golfer in the world, having just won the Scottish Open after his win at Congressional in his previous start. It's hard to believe he won't be in contention with how dialed in he has been, and he will be right at home on a course that suits his eye. The 2013 U.S. Open Champion will look to add another major title to his belt this week at Royal Liverpool, and it's hard to bet against him.