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15 Bold Predictions for the 2014 Open Championship

15 Bold Predictions for the British Open

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Unlike the past two majors, Tiger Woods will be teeing it up in the 2014 British Open. With a couple of days until the Open Championship actually begins, let’s look at 15 bold predictions for the Open.

Keep in mind that not all predictions have to sync with one another. These are just 15 bold predictions that could happen.

15. Lee Westwood Will Be In Contention

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15. Lee Westwood Will Be In Contention

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Lee Westwood has not been dominating the headlines this season to say the least. Westwood finished in third place in last year’s British Open. He may not win it, but he will be in contention.

14. A Less-Known Player Will Take the Open

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14. A Less-Known Player Will Take the Open

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Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and many other big names in golf are naturally going to get a lot of attention before the British Open starts. However, a less-known player will be holding up the trophy on Sunday.

13. Rickie Fowler Will Finish in the Top 10

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13. Rickie Fowler Will Finish in the Top 10

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Rickie Fowler has finished in the top five in both majors this year. He is on the verge of capturing his first major and has the game to finish in the top 10 at Royal Liverpool.

12. Adam Scott Will Blowup on the Final Day

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12. Adam Scott Will Blowup on the Final Day

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Adam Scott is one of the favorites entering this major. However, he has the pressure of being the No. 1 golfer in the world. The pressure will be that much greater if he actually is in contention on the final day.

11. Someone Will Break the Course Record

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11. Someone Will Break the Course Record

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I’m not sure who, but someone will break the course record at some point this weekend. Records were made to be broken, people.

10. Martin Kaymer Won the U.S. Open, But Won’t Even Make the Cut

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10. Martin Kaymer Won the U.S. Open, But Won’t Even Make the Cut

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Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open, but that was the U.S. Open. He has yet to finish in the top 10 since then. He also hasn’t played in very many tournaments. Still, Kaymer will disappoint in a big way by missing the cut.

9. Top 5 Players in the World Won’t Win the Open

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9. Top 5 Players in the World Won’t Win the Open

Adam Scott
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The top five players in the world are expected to do well at the British Open. That is the case for every single tournament. After all, the top five players in the world are the top five players in the world. Regardless, a winner will come from outside the top five.

8. Phil Mickelson Will Miss the Cut

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8. Phil Mickelson Will Miss the Cut

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Phil Mickelson won the Open Championship last year, so he will have the pressure of defending this year. He has not done very well at majors this season and that trend will continue this weekend.

7. Justin Rose’s Hot Streak Will End in a Bad Way

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7. Justin Rose’s Hot Streak Will End in a Bad Way

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Justin Rose has won two tournaments in a row and is the hottest player in golf right now. Unfortunately, all hot streaks must come to an end and that will be the case for Mr. Rose at Royal Liverpool. He will struggle to even make the cut.

6. Jordan Spieth Will Lead After Day 1

Jordan Spieth
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6. Jordan Spieth Will Lead After Day 1

Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth is one of the best golfers in the world. He will put up a solid round on Day 1. So solid that he will be leading entering the second round.

5. Tom Watson Will Be Near the Top of the Leaderboard Entering the Final Round

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5. Tom Watson Will Be Near the Top of the Leaderboard Entering the Final Round

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Tom Watson has not won the British Open in a very long time. However, expect some magic from him this weekend. He more than likely will not win the Open, but being near the top of the leaderboard entering the final round is certainly not out of the question.

4. Only 5 Players Will Be in Contention Entering Sunday

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4. Only 5 Players Will Be in Contention Entering Sunday

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Expect five players to separate themselves from the field in the third round. So much so that only five players will be in contention entering Sunday.

3. David Duval Will Finish in the Top 15

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3. David Duval Will Finish in the Top 15

David Duval
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This one is probably not going to happen, but we are throwing it out there anyways. David Duval was once the best golfer in the world. So what if that was a long time ago, he will finish in the top 15.

2. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Will Be in the Final Pair

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2. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Will Be in the Final Pair

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy
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This would be the best thing for golf. Golf has seen better days and a lack of a new superstar could be the reason for that. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are bound to battle it out in a major one of these days. So why not have them playing in the final pair this weekend. Golf gods, please let this one happen.

1. Tiger Woods Will Win His 15th Major

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1. Tiger Woods Will Win His 15th Major

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Very cliche, but Tiger Woods will win his 15th major at the 2014 British Open. The man has to win sooner or later, so why not this weekend? Forget the fact that he is coming off of back surgery and missed the cut in his last tournament. Tiger is taking home the trophy.

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