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2014 British Open: 15 Dark Horse Golfers to Keep an Eye on

Dark Horse Golfers to Keep an Eye on During 2014 British Open

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Players like Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are naturally going to dominate the headlines for the 2014 British Open. What about the less-known players, though? What about the players who are on the cusp of breaking out in a big way? Luckily for those players, we will be taking a look at 15 dark horse golfers to keep an eye on during the British Open.

15. Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke
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15. Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke
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Darren Clarke has not had the most successful season in the world, but people cannot forget the fact that he won the Open Championship in 2011. With that in mind, he is a long shot to take home the trophy this weekend.

14. Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley
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14. Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley
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Keegan Bradley has a few top-10 finishes this year and he also finished in fourth place at the U.S. Open. Not to mention, he also finished in the top five at his last tournament (The Greenbrier Classic).

13. Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker
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13. Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker
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Brandt Snedeker is always a name to watch out for. He isn’t currently a top 10 player or anything like that, but that is why we call him a dark horse for the Open. He has done well in the last two British Opens and it would not be a surprise if he cracked the top 10 this year.

12. Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson
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12. Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson
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Webb Simpson has not performed very well at majors this year, but hey, he is at least coming off of a third-place finish at The Greenbrier Classic.

11. Ernie Els

Ernie Els
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11. Ernie Els

Ernie Els
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Ernie Els has won a few majors in his day. That includes victories at the British Open in 2002 and 2012. He is not the most relevant player in golf these days, but he also won a major not too long ago.

10. Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk
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10. Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk
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Jim Furyk usually seems to be near the top of the leaderboard in majors. Here is some proof for you: he has finished in the top 15 in both majors this season.

9. Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez
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9. Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Miguel Angel Jimenez is one of the more interesting players in golf. After all, he smokes cigars on the golf course. Awesome. He is also a great golfer and like Furyk, seems to always be near the top of the leaderboard. Forget about his missed cut at the U.S. Open, he finished in fourth at this year’s Masters.

8. Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker
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8. Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker
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Jimmy Walker already has three wins on the tour this season. No victories in majors, but three wins is more than what Tiger can say this year. No offense.

7. Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter
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7. Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter
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Ian Poulter is reportedly entering the tournament with a sore wrist, but he is always a name to watch out for regardless. Sore wrist or not, Poulter has had decent finishes in both majors this season and he finished in third at last year’s British Open.

6. Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera
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6. Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera
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Justin Rose may be the hottest golfer in the world right now, but Angel Cabrera is coming off of a victory at The Greenbrier Classic. Hopefully that momentum carries over to the Open Championship.

5. Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington
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5. Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington
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Padraig Harrington comes in at No. 5 because he won back-to-back British Opens a few years back. He knows what it takes to win this tournament and it would not be the biggest surprise in the world if he won this weekend.

4. Luke Donald

Luke Donald
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4. Luke Donald

Luke Donald
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Luke Donald has seen better days in majors. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open and Masters this year. However, this is Luke Donald we are talking about. It wasn’t too long ago when he was rocking the No. 1 ranking in the world.

3. Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood
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3. Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood
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Lee Westwood is another popular name in golf, but he has never won a major. He has missed a decent amount of cuts as of late, but he did finish in the top 10 in the Masters and The Players Championship. Those two finishes have to count for something.

2. Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia
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2. Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia
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Sergio Garcia is a cliche pick for the simple fact that he is one of the best players to never win a major. Well, this could be Garcia’s year. Hopefully.

1. Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler
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1. Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler
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Rickie Fowler comes in at No. 1 because he is currently the best golfer on this list. Some may not view him as a dark horse, but he is a dark horse compared to players like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who are both part of the field this week. All things aside, he has finished in the top five in both majors this year.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.