British Open Golf 2011: Watch out for Thomas Bjorn and Sergio Garcia

Espen UldalContributor IIIJuly 14, 2011

Garcia and Björn could both surprise everybody in Kent
Garcia and Björn could both surprise everybody in KentRichard Heathcote/Getty Images

Thomas Bjorn suffered hard in 2003 when he lost (read: gave away) the Open to Ben Curtis. Since then, the Dane has both been deemed "down and out" and "back on track."

Bjorn has captured four wins on the European Tour titles since the tragedy at Royal St. George’s, but more importantly, he won the Qatar Masters earlier this season.

This didn’t really matter a week ago, but literally a few hours before the Open got under way, Bjorn actually got into the Open this year because Vijay Singh had to pull out. The guy Bjorn shared the second spot with in 2003 handed the Dane a new chance in Kent.

Now, Bjorn is back with the intention of taking the major he gave away eight years ago.

Bjorn has three runner-ups and a third spot in the majors.

Sergio Garcia got his heart broken by Greg Norman's daughter a couple of years ago, and since then, the Spanish star has not been able to see the joy in golf. The results has also been limited since, until a few weeks ago.

Smiling again and hitting solid shots, Garcia came in seventh in the US Open, and shortly after he was in a playoff in Munich, losing to Pablo Larrazabal.

This week, he could very well be a factor.

Garcia lost the Open to Padraig Harrington in a playoff in 2007 at Carnoustie, so this guy knows how to play the links, too, apart from the fact he has 16 top-10s in the majors.

Bjorn and Garcia in the final pairing on Sunday?

Well, it could happen.