2014 British Open: 25 Players You Must Watch At Royal Liverpool

25 Players You Must Watch During the 2014 Open Championship

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Although some of these golfers probably do not have the best odds to win the 2014 British Open, they are still ones to keep an eye on at Royal Liverpool. On the other hand, there is plenty of star power on this list. Regardless, get ready for the Open Championship by seeing 25 players you must watch.

25. Patrick Reed

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25. Patrick Reed

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Patrick Reed has not done well at majors this year (35th at the U.S. Open, missed the cut at the Masters), but he has won two tournaments. The 23-year-old is probably looking to finish much better at this year’s British Open.

24. David Duval

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24. David Duval

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David Duval was ranked No. 1 in the world rankings at one point in his career. That was a long time ago, but it is hard to not cheer for Duval.

23. Hideki Matsuyama

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23. Hideki Matsuyama

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Hideki Matsuyama is another golfer who has not done well at majors this year, but he has captured one win. He is also only 22 years old and will be playing alongside Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

22. Hunter Mahan

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22. Hunter Mahan

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Hunter Mahan has seen better days, but it will be interesting to see if he can get it going in the Open Championship. He’s bound to drop another top-10 performance sooner or later.

21. Ernie Els

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21. Ernie Els

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You can never count out Ernie Els. Sure, he isn’t a top 10 golfer in the world rankings, but he did win the British Open in 2012.

20. Matt Kuchar

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20. Matt Kuchar

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Matt Kuchar could arguably go higher on this list, but he comes in at No. 20 anyways. He is currently ranked No. 5 in the world and has done well in both majors this year. Who knows, he could bring home the trophy on Sunday.

19. Tom Watson

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19. Tom Watson

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Who doesn’t want to see Tom Watson succeed at Royal Liverpool this weekend? Watson may be 64 years old, but what a story it would be if he could somehow pull off the victory this weekend.

18. Graeme McDowell

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18. Graeme McDowell

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Graeme McDowell already has five top-10 finishes this year and he is coming off of a victory at the Alstom Open de France.

17. Jim Furyk

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17. Jim Furyk

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Jim Furyk is always one to watch out for. His swing will always be in question, but that will never be the case about his game. Furyk has come close to winning a couple of times this year and he has finished in the top 15 in both majors.

16. Henrik Stenson

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16. Henrik Stenson

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Henrik Stenson is ranked No. 2 in the world. You can bet that he will have plenty of eyes on him in the 2014 British Open.

15. Zach Johnson

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15. Zach Johnson

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Zach Johnson couldn’t quite pull it off at the John Deere Classic this past weekend, but taking home the silver shouldn’t be looked at as a bad thing. Especially since Johnson had a 64 in his final round.

14. Martin Kaymer

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14. Martin Kaymer

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Martin Kamyer won the 2014 U.S. Open and will be looking to take home his second major of the year. For that to happen, he is going to have to fight off a very talented field.

13. Dustin Johnson

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13. Dustin Johnson

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Dustin Johnson has seven top-10 finishes and one win this year. The guy absolutely pounds the ball and is one of the longest drivers on tour.

12. Padraig Harrington

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12. Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington
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Padraig Harrington comes in at No. 12 for the simple fact that he won back-to-back Open Championships not too long ago.

11. Sergio Garcia

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11. Sergio Garcia

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It’s hard to believe that Sergio Garcia has never won a major, but that is in fact true. Seeing him finally win one of the biggest tournaments in golf would be something special.

10. Jordan Spieth

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10. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth is only 20 years old. Let me repeat that. Jordan Spieth is ONLY 20 years old. He is ranked No. 10 in the world rankings and has seven top-10 finishes this year. What a story it would be if the youngster took home his first major.

9. Miguel Angel Jimenez

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9. Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez
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This is the most interesting golfer in the world. Miguel Angel Jimenez may not have as storied of a career as Tiger Woods, but not many golfers do. He is still one of the more exciting golfers to watch. Just look at that cigar. Yeah, he’s that awesome.

8. Lee Westwood

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8. Lee Westwood

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Lee Westwood is ranked so high on this list for the simple fact that it would be awesome to see him win the Open. That is all.

7. Rickie Fowler

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7. Rickie Fowler

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Rickie Fowler is one of the young guns on the tour and he should be around for a very long time. Fowler may not be as young as Jordan Spieth, but the old man (only 25) can play with the best of them. One major victory could be all it takes for Fowler to go off on the golf world.

6. Bubba Watson

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6. Bubba Watson

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Bubba Watson is one of the biggest stars in golf. He already won the Masters this year and has what it takes to win his second major of the year at Royal Liverpool.

5. Adam Scott

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5. Adam Scott

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Adam Scott is the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, so going No. 5 on this list may be a little too low. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of fans keeping a close eye on him all weekend.

4. Justin Rose

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4. Justin Rose

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Justin Rose is coming off of two wins. He enters the Open as the hottest golfer in the world, which means he will be a lot of people’s favorite to win.

3. Phil Mickelson

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3. Phil Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson has had a very successful career, he won the British Open last year and he attracts a bunch of fans.

2. Rory McIlroy

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2. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy would probably love to get back on track at the Open Championship and he would probably also love to win it. Well, he is one of the best golfers in the game today and he certainly has a good chance to win.

1. Tiger Woods

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1. Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods did not do so well at his first tournament back since having back surgery, but this is Tiger Woods we are talking about. Some fans love him and some fans hate him. Regardless, he is the No. 1 player to watch out for at the 2014 British Open.


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