British Open Field 2012: Breaking Down the Best and Worst of the Field

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJuly 18, 2012

British Open Field 2012: Breaking Down the Best and Worst of the Field

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    The 2012 British Open field is separated into two categories: Those who can win the Open Championship, and those who simply can't.

    From the field favorites like Tiger Woods down to the scrubs like Richard Finch and Matthew Baldwin, the field is one of the best in years, but there remains the line which separates the two sides of the field.

    Let's take a look at the best and worst in the field at the 2012 British Open.

The Best

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    Tiger Woods

    He looks like his old self again, and Tiger will try to capture his first major since 2008 at the Open Championship.

    He's already won three times this year, and is looking to add a fourth to his already impressive 2012 campaign.


    Lee Westwood

    Tiger's top challenger, Westwood will look to use his defensive putting strategy to try to top the world's best.

    He'll try to tame the greens at Royal Lytham and pull ahead of the pack. If he can putt well throughout the tournament, he'll be in great shape on Sunday.


    Padraig Harrington

    The famous Irishman is looking for the fourth major championship of his career, and will try to win it at the British Open.

    He's already won the Open Championship twice, and after his recent play, he has to be considered as one of the favorites in the field.

The Worst

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    Richard Finch

    It would take a miracle for Richard Finch to avoid being cut at the Open Championship. He has struggled in recent play and barely made it into the field.

    I'd be shocked to see him playing over the weekend.


    Matthew Baldwin

    Baldwin is another golfer who probably won't be seen at Royal Lytham over the weekend.

    He will have problems with the course over the first two days, and he will probably be cut after Friday's action.


    Darren Clarke

    The reigning British Open champ, Clarke is trying to shock the world twice. However, he is among the worst golfers in the field this year.

    Despite his success last year, he will probably be cut during this year's tournament.

Complete Odds

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    Here are the complete odds for the 2012 British Open. For the entire field, these are the most recent odds.

    *Note: Odds courtesy CBSSports


    Tiger Woods 13/2

    Lee Westwood 12/1

    Luke Donald 12/1

    Padraig Harrington 16/1

    Rory McIlroy 16/1

    Justin Rose 25/1

    Sergio Garcia 28/1

    Francesco Molinari 33/1

    Martin Kaymer 33/1

    Phil Mickelson 33/1

    Dustin Johnson 33/1

    Graeme McDowell 33/1

    Rickie Fowler 35/1

    Adam Scott 40/1

    Matt Kuchar 40/1

    Ian Poulter 40/1

    Hunter Mahan 40/1

    Steve Stricker 40/1

    Ernie Els 40/1

    Louis Oosthuizen 40/1

    Jim Furyk 40/1

    Jason Dufner 40/1

    Bubba Watson 50/1

    Charl Schwartzel 50/1

    Jason Day 50/1

    Nicolas Colsaerts 66/1

    Nick Watney 66/1

    Ross Fisher 66/1

    Peter Hanson 66/1

    K.J. Choi 66/1

    Henrik Stenson 80/1

    Retief Goosen 80/1

    Matteo Manassero 80/1

    Zach Johnson 80/1

    Thomas Bjorn 80/1

    Fredrik Jacobson 80/1

    Alexander Noren 80/1

    Martin Laird 100/1

    Simon Dyson 100/1

    Paul Casey 100/1

    Robert Karlsson 100/1

    Angel Cabrera 100/1

    Bill Haas 100/1

    Tom Lewis 100/1

    Jamie Donaldson 100/1

    Rafael Cabrera Bello 100/1

    George Coetzee 100/1

    Carl Pettersson 125/1

    Michael Hoey 125/1

    Anders Romero 125/1

    Ryan Moore 125/1

    Stewart Cink 125/1

    Gary Woodland 125/1

    Aaron Baddeley 125/1

    Brandt Snedeker 125/1

    Miguel Angel Jimenez 125/1

    Geoff Ogilvy 125/1

    Darren Clarke 125/1

    Anthony Kim 125/1

    Davis Love III 125/1

    Sean O'Hair 125/1

    Ryo Ishikawa 150/1

    Chad Campbell 150/1

    Edoardo Molinari 150/1

    Robert Rock 150/1

    Y.E. Yang 150/1

    Alvaro Quiros 150/1

    Robert Allenby 200/1

    Richie Ramsay 200/1

    Lucas Glover 200/1

    Harris English 200/1

    Sang-Moon Bae 200/1

    Justin Leonard 250/1

    Alejandro Canizares 250/1

    James Morrison 250/1

    Richard Finch 300/1

    Matthew Baldwin 300/1