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British Open Picks 2012: Top Stars Sure to Disappoint This Weekend

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 17:  Phil Mickelson of the United States speaks with the media after his second practice round prior to the start of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes on July 17, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2012

Golf by its very nature is a frustrating—some might say infuriating—endeavor that is unpredictable at best, cruel at worst and generally punishes poor play far more severely than it rewards quality shots.

Even the stars of the game will tell you that.

Which is why you can expect some of the biggest names in the sport to struggle at this weekend's Open Championship. Never mind the whipping winds and intermittent rains of England—only one man can win, and the rest will leave frustrated.

The following four stars will fall into the category of the latter.

 

Tiger Woods

The magic number for Tiger Woods is 12, representing the majors he's played without a win since he won the U.S. Open in 2008.

And missing the cut at the Greenbrier Classic earlier this month doesn't bode well for Tiger, either.

But mostly, I'm predicting another disappointment at a major because he just hasn't seen himself on the biggest stages. We haven't seen the killer edge or confidence that once defined his game, and while his three Tour wins this year are a positive, they mean little at the majors.

At some point, he'll break his streak and add to his major collection. But that tournament won't be this year's British Open.

 

Phil Mickelson

The magic number for Phil Mickelson is nine, representing the number of majors he's played without a win since he won the Masters in 2010.

No, his streak isn't quite as dubious as the one Tiger has compiled. But he's also never won a British Open—Tiger has done so three times—though he did tie for second place last year.

The major of choice for Lefty has always been the Masters, where he's compiled three of his four major triumphs. And since finishing third at the Masters, he hasn't played particularly well save for a seventh-place finish HP Byron Nelson Championship.

I don't see this being Lefty's tournament.

 

Luke Donald and Lee Westwood

The magic number for this pair is zero, representing the number of major wins the two have compiled in their respective careers.

You knew that one was coming.

I really, really want one of these gentlemen to break through and win a major. Donald is the top-ranked golfer in the world, while Westwood slots in at No. 3. Both are constantly dogged by questions about the lack of major championships. Both are English, which would make an Open Championship all the sweeter.

I'll be rooting for both this weekend. But if history has anything to say about the proceedings, neither will be coming out on top.

 

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