2011 British Open Picks: Top 10 Players Not Named Tiger Woods

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2011 British Open Picks: Top 10 Players Not Named Tiger Woods
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This year's winner will be a whopper-stopper that is purely Mickelsonian.

The Sandwich, England weather doppler is beginning to come into focus.  There is a chance of heavy rains, strong wind and they're calling for the flag-sticks to bounce around like a tiny buoy floating off the North Sea.  The perfect storm?  Sonny Eliot, the longtime weather forecaster in Detroit would likely call this week's conditions:  blogerstorm.  Which, obviously means blustery, foggy and a chance for storm like conditions.

The Royal St. George's course is not particularly long by Open standards.  And, with the blogerstorm weather report, the names that could win this Sunday have been reduced to simply two sets of golfers not named Tiger Woods.  The winner of this year's Claret Jug is going to come from one of two groups.  The first group is called the goretexians.  Yes, the goretexians are the players that are used to these conditions and have experienced the weather which is common for European links golf.  They can play in rain gear and have a caddy that is adept at umbrella engineering.  There are not many Americans in this first group, unless they hail from Texas.  The second group is called the whopperstoppers.  The whopperstoppers will simply compartmentalize the wind, the rain, and simply crush the tiny white sphere so hard that it cuts through the elements - eliminating most of the trouble.  This is a group of the longest hitters of the golf ball in the world.

History at Royal St. George's without weather in 2003 elicited a different result.  Ben Curtis was unheralded when he showed up in Sandwich in 2003.  He was the kid from Ohio hanging around the first page of the leaderboard on Sunday.  As each player checked themselves on a Euro train ride out of town, he was left with the Claret Jug. 

This year's champion is either going to be goretexian or a whopperstopper. Here is the TOP 10.

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