For a player to disappoint in a championship like the Open, you have to define what you expect of the player from the start. The players below are all expected to do well this week, and some are expected to win. The rest are expected to do better than tipped in below.
Ryo Ishikawa - Won't make the cut
The Japan native is giving all his prize money to the earth quake victims in Japan, and for that reason, he should be good in Sandwich. So far, he has made about $600,000, but chances are he will not make any at the Open this year. The wind is up, and Ishikawa is not good enough at the links yet when the weather plays along.
Bubba Watson - Won't make the cut
This is as far away from ”Bubba Golf” as you can come, and Bubba does not like to be out of his comfort zone. On top of this, he does not have the game for a course like Royal St. George’s. He did good at Whistling Straits, but this is something else, and he’s in Europe.
Rory McIlroy - Won't finish in top 15
Rory has not played since the US Open, and that might be a little risky. If he gets a good start, he could do well, but a disappointing week for McIlroy would be finishing this week outside top 5 and could end up being the case.
Ricky Fowler - Won't finish in top 30
Fowler has the shots in the bag needed to do well in Sandwich, and so do many of the players in this field, but Ricky will suffer this week on these links. Not with a bang, but with an oooze. Luke Donald has proved that longer is not always the answer, and it’s not the answer this week.
Dustin Johnson - Won't finish in top 15
Another guy who did well at Whistling Straits, but again, the arsenal is not strong enough to do well this week.
Phil Mickelson - Won't finish in top 15
Unless Phil Mickelson has learned something completely new overnight from last week, chances for success in Kent are pretty small. Philly Mick has the game to be creative, but the problem for him is to use his creativity on a links course.
Jason Day - Won't make the cut
A runner up in the last two majors, and if could he pull off another stunt like that at Royal St. George’s, it would be great, but the game needs to mature even more even to become second in the Open.
Martin Kaymer - Won't finish in top 15
The German is down in a small but ongoing slump. Kaymer should have been up there among the contenders even before the championship started, but it seems like his not in the zone right now.
Nick Watney - Won't make the cut
One of the best US cards for the title, but things could backfire for the American. Watney has a great game like all others in the field. But this week, it won’t work like he would like to.