2011 British Open: Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney and 11 Americans Who Could Win

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2011 British Open: Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney and 11 Americans Who Could Win
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We're less than a week away from having a British Open champion crowned.

Despite the lack of a home-course advantage and general unfamiliarity with links golf, Americans have a decent history at the game's oldest major championship.

Tom Watson has five Open championships, which is more than any American. Walter Hagen is one behind him, while Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods each have three British Opens to their name.

Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer round out the Americans with multiple British Opens, as each have two to their names.

Actually, America has as many wins at the British Open with 41, while they actually have more winners than any country, with 26 different champions.

Recent years have told a different story though, as since 2005, the only American not named Tiger Woods to win the British Open was Stewart Cink in 2009.

This year, chances look especially bad, as Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, the three most favored golfers, are all from that part of the world and would seemingly have a tremendous knowledge of the course and conditions.

But recent years have just been unkind to the Americans at all of the major championships, including the three where they should have the home-course advantage.

Phil Mickelson's 2010 Masters win was the last time that an American won a major. So, who can break that drought?

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