Lee Westwood and the Top Five Contenders at British Open 2011

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Lee Westwood and the Top Five Contenders at British Open 2011
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On Tuesday morning, ESPN Radio had a featured segment with Scott Van Pelt, the jovial sports analyst and commentator reporting directly from the British Open host course Royal St. Georges in Kent, England.

Van Pelt’s description of the course environment sounded more like a horror movie than a major championship venue. Swirling winds, arid, rolling fairways, deeply entrenched sand traps and overall grueling conditions under ominous, English skies.

At the end of his analysis, Van Pelt offered just a single nugget of advice for the players, who will begin competition in less than 48 hours.

“Good luck.”

Those may not be the most encouraging words of wisdom, however it begs the question of just who among this international field will be able to tame the two-century-old beast of a course.

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