By Tyler Ruby on July 15, 2014
Darren Clarke's improbable victory in 2011 and Ernie Els' in 2012 proved that aging veterans can compete and even win on one of golf's biggest stages. Length is not nearly as important as one's short game, and with that in mind, watch out for these five veterans to contend on Sunday.
In most majors, Luke Donald's length, or lack thereof, really hurts him against some of the bombers, but if the conditions are firm and fast, Donald doesn't need to worry about that. His wedge and short iron play is some of the best in the world, and he may be able to break through and win his first major this weekend.
Although he is 44 years old, Jim Furyk has found himself contending for major tournaments in the past couple years. Although he has never really had much success at the Open Championship, he has the style of game to win at Royal Liverpool. He keeps the ball in play and he never becomes rattled.
I'm actually surprised that Graeme McDowell hasn't had a ton of success at the Open Championship because he has the game to succeed. He hits the ball straight and he has a good short game. Winning an Open Championship would mean so much to McDowell, and really any European, so don't be surprised to see McDowell grind his way toward the top of the leaderboard.
He's the most interesting man in the world. The 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez has showed well in the past five Open Championships as his worst finish is a T-27. Not too bad for player his age. He has the perfect demeanor for this championship, and if he is toward the front of the leaderboard on Sunday, he will be awfully difficult to root against.
Sergio Garcia is a popular pick among analysts and prognosticators this week, and for good reason. He's arriving at Royal Liverpool in great form. Also, Garcia has had the most success at the Open Championship as he has seven top-10 finishes in his career here. He's only 34 years old, but it feels like his chances of winning a major are getting worse by the tournament. Maybe this is the week.
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