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Erik Compton made a big impression at the U.S. Open.
Winning the Open Championship is probably a lot to ask of a guy like Brendon Todd or a feel-good guy like Erik Compton, but then again, it was probably a lot to think that Phil Mickelson would win the title in 2013.
But he did, even though he's done virtually nothing since.
Todd was red-hot in May and June and has an exceptional short game, which should be a valuable tool on a links course. Can he win in his first appearance in this event? He'd definitely be a long shot.
Compton won the hearts of the world with his performance at Pinehurst, finishing in a tie for second with Rickie Fowler. Compton, of course, is a two-time heart transplant recipient.
He showed he has plenty of game, but the odds are certainly stacked against him.
Bottom line: It's possible a player with little or no Open Championship history will win—Todd Hamilton and Ben Curtis did it in 2004 and 2003, respectively—but for the most part, experience is a big factor in who wins and who doesn't.