British Open Picks 2012: Studs You Should Stay Away from

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IJuly 18, 2012

British Open Picks 2012: Studs You Should Stay Away from

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    The 2012 British Open will be played at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club and will feature the best the sport of golf has to offer.

    Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and plenty of other stars will be competing to win this year’s Claret Jug and take his place in golf history.

    Not every star will be in contention by the end of the weekend, though. Plenty of golfers will succumb to the weather conditions and unique links style of play.

    Let’s take a look at five-star golfers who won’t win this year’s British Open.

Steve Stricker

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    The British Open has historically been Stricker’s worst major.

    He has a second-place finish in the PGA Championship, a fifth-place finish in the U.S. Open and a sixth-place finish in the Masters to his name.

    However, in the British Open, the best he’s ever done is a seventh-place finish back in 2008.

    Stricker has been on the PGA Tour since 1994 and has yet to win a major tournament, so betting on him to win his first one this weekend would be foolish.

Jason Dufner

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    Dufner has finished second in the PGA Championship and fourth in the U.S. Open, but he’s struggled in the other majors.

    In the Masters, his best finish was 24th in 2012. In the British Open, however, he’s never even been around to finish the tournament.

    Expecting him to make the cut in this tournament for the first time might not be too much of a stretch, but expecting him to win would be ridiculous.

Bubba Watson

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    Watson won the Masters tournament this year and is playing some of the best golf of his career.

    He’s currently the No. 6 golfer in the world and is becoming more and more popular.

    However, there’s no way Watson is going to win the British Open this year.

    His best finish at this tournament was a dismal 30th place in 2011, meaning links-style golf clearly isn’t his forte.

    Don’t expect him to even come near the top 10 this weekend.

Rory McIlroy

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    The world’s No. 2 golfer has already won a major and is only 23 years old, but he’ll have to wait to hoist his first Claret Jug.

    The young star has been back and forth with Luke Donald as the top golfer in the rankings this year.

    However, he’s struggled mightily of late and enters the tournament playing some of the worst golf of his short career.

    Don’t count on him to turn it around all of a sudden in one of the toughest tournaments of the season.

Luke Donald

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    Donald might be the No. 1 golfer in the world right now, but he’s not going to win the 2012 British Open.

    He’s been having trouble holding onto the No. 1 ranking, going back and forth with Rory McIlroy for much of the year. He’s back at the top for now, but probably not for long.

    He struggled at the U.S. Open this year, missing the cut and finishing at plus-11.

    He has never won a major, and I don’t expect that to change this weekend.