British Open Predictions 2012: Why Victory Will Belong to an American Player

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJuly 16, 2012

INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - JULY 15:  Phil Mickelson of the USA tees off on the 5th hole during the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 15, 2012 in Inverness, Scotland.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Those Yankees are ready to take another major championship in the United Kingdom. 

With the 2012 British Open around the corner, the sport of golf has never been more wide open. Any player on tour is capable of winning the major, but here are three reasons why an American will walk away with the crown. 


Plays well in bad conditions (Phil Mickelson)

Phil Mickelson plays better in sloppy conditions; when there is rain, wind and slick surfaces. His chipping game allows him to have an edge on the competition.

2012 hasn't been great to Mickelson, but with two majors left, there is time left to succeed. 

Given the possible conditions, Mickelson's approach and what game suits him best, there is a great opportunity for Mickelson to take control of the 2012 British Open.

It's up to him to seize his opportunity. 


Never bet against arguably the best ever (Tiger Woods)

Maybe Tiger Woods is past his prime. Maybe he won't win another major in his career. Maybe he's not suited to win a major at this point of his career.

Not so fast.

Just because he hasn't won any majors since his comeback doesn't mean he can't win one in the future. Woods has won competitions this year, they just haven't been at a major.

One might very well be at the British Open.

Woods has won three times at the British Open, with the last one coming in 2006. He knows what it takes to win at the competition, and he understands how the conditions can play a major role in the outcome.

If he can maintain consistency on the tee and on the green—both of which are huge questions—Woods will be in good shape.


You never know what you're going to get (Bubba Watson)

Bubba Watson didn't experience much success following his Masters victory. He finished 18th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and missed the cut at both the Memorial Tournament and U.S. Open.

However, he has since turned around his game, finishing second at the Travelers Championships in late June. 

With a free swing, Watson is accustomed to having up-and-down types of performances. But with that free swing comes possible great success in tournaments. 

If any American has a chance to win a major, Watson has to be near the top of the list. We might see a horrible performance or we might see a performance like the Masters.

We won't find our answer until the weekend.