5 Little-Known Golfers Who Could Be 2014 British Open Contenders

5 Little-Known Golfers Who Could Be 2014 British Open Contenders

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It was just four years ago that Louis Oosthuizen broke onto the scene and ran away with the Claret Jug at St. Andrews. Could there be another player to make a similar run this year? Here are five little-known golfers who can contend this year at Royal Liverpool.

5. Erik Compton

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5. Erik Compton

Erik Compton
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If you haven't heard about Erik Compton's story, do yourself a favor and look it up. After suffering through multiple heart transplants, he is now playing some of the best golf of his life. He is coming off a second-place finish at the U.S. Open, and if he has proven anything, it's to never count him out.

4. Jamie Donaldson

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4. Jamie Donaldson

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The 38-year-old Welshman has six career wins, and he finished T-32 at last year's Open Championship. He finished in 14th place at the Masters this year, and you can never underestimate how important this championship means to the Europeans. He could play some inspired golf this week.

3. Stephen Gallacher

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3. Stephen Gallacher

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Stephen Gallacher's name pops up on the leaderboards every now and then, and I wouldn't be shocked to see the Scotsman's name in the leaderboard at the Open Championship this week. He has two top-25 finishes at the Open Championship, and he has been in fairly solid form this year.

2. Gary Woodland

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2. Gary Woodland

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Avid golf fans know who Gary Woodland is. Regardless, Woodland possesses the firepower to completely own a course no matter the style. He's got two top-35 finishes at the Open Championship, and he has presented himself well at a number of high-profile tournaments this year, including the Masters.

1. Richard Sterne

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1. Richard Sterne

Richard Sterne
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Richard Sterne has nine professional wins in his career, and he may be remembered for his performance in the Presidents Cup last year. He finished T-21 at last year's championship, and he has consistently been one of the better players on the European Tour in the past few years. The South African could make a run at the Claret Jug on Sunday.


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