By Tyler Ruby on July 15, 2014
Since Tiger Woods' U.S. Open victory in 2008, each major tournament that followed saw its trophy being hoisted by a first-time winner. This year's British Open could see a similar result. Here are five well-established golfers who could win their first major this weekend.
Jimmy Walker is having the best year of his career, and he has top-10 finishes in both the Masters and U.S. Open. He plays well in big tournaments because of his ability to drive the ball straight, but he is also one of the best putters on tour. Those two components could be huge this weekend, and he could be taking the Claret Jug back to Texas.
Brandt Snedeker hasn't had his typical season this year, but he recently hired Butch Harmon as his swing coach. Although his finishes haven't been toward the top this year, he has finished inside the top 12 the past two years at the Open Championship. It seems to be a tournament he is comfortable with, so he certainly has the chance to win it.
Lee Westwood has to get over the hump at some point, right? He has had his chances in the past, but he just could never elevate his game enough to win the tournament. He has had recent success at the Open Championship as he has finished inside the top three, three times in the last five years.
Jordan Spieth is ready to win a major. He has the attitude and he definitely has the talent. It should be interesting to see how he adjusts to links golf as this is only his second appearance at the Open Championship. In the two majors this year, he has finished inside the top 20. Spieth has to be one of the favorites entering the tournament.
Henrik Stenson is one of the more accomplished players in the Open Championship, both on the PGA and European Tours. In his last six majors, his worst finish is T-21. He is arguably the best ball striker in the world, and unless his short game completely betrays him this week, he should be contending for the Claret Jug.
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