British Open 2011 Favorites: Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and the Top Contenders

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British Open 2011 Favorites: Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and the Top Contenders
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We are now within spitting distance of the Open Championship. Hopefully no one takes that as permission to spit on the greens.

As the Open nears, there is a lot of talk about who is the favorite. Right now, people want to say Rory McIlroy, but it is tough considering the fact he hasn't competed since his US Open triumph.

This year's field includes a few more omissions than normal. We won't see Colin Montgomerie for the first time in 20 some years. Vijay Singh's streak of majors played at will not restart at this Open Championship, with injury keeping him out. And of course, Tiger Woods won't be present this year. 

However, with that said, there's still plenty of names to watch out for

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