Looking at the final round contenders at the Open Championship

Is it Westwood's time, or Tiger's, or someone else?

7/20/13 in Golf   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Looking at the final round contenders at the Open ChampionshipThree rounds are complete at the Open Championship, and there are plenty of big names on the leaderboard, including the game's biggest name. But we begin our look at the contender going into the final round with a Brit who's looking to finally get that major title.

Lee Westwood (-3, 9:10 am eastern tee time) After so many close calls, near misses, and flat out chokes, Westwood sits with the overnight lead and maybe his best chance to bag that first major. He made some huge putts in the third round, always his bugaboo under pressure. If he can keep it up, he'll have a huge home crowd rooting him on to finally get the monkey off his back and continue the United Kingdom's huge sporting tear.

Hunter Mahan (-1, 9:10) For the second straight major, Mahan comes into the final round in second place. At the US Open, he faded late. Has he learned from that experience?

Tiger Woods (-1, 9:00) So many words have been written about Tiger over the past few years as he attempts to win his 15th major. He's, of course, never come from behind on Sunday to win. His last 13 weekend rounds at majors have been in the 70s. He'll need to reverse the first trend and probably the second to win.

Adam Scott (Par, 9:00) This year's Masters champion has been quietly grinding out, shooting 71-72-70 over the three days. Playing with Tiger shouldn't intimidate him. Another final round 69 like at Augusta could do it for him.

Ryan Moore (+1, 8:50) Moore has without question the worst major record of those on the leaderboard. His best finish is a tie for 10th in the 2009 US Open, and his best British Open finish is tied for 28th in 2011. There have been even bigger unknowns to win this tournament though.

Angel Cabrera (+1, 8:50) If it's a major championship, then Angel Cabrera must be contending. At this point, we all know El Pato is capable of winning while chain smoking at the same time. The one negative is his scores have been steadily going backwards throughout the week: 69-72-73.

Zach Johnson (+1, 8:40) The 2007 Masters champion is mostly skating by on his opening round 66. He's shot 75 and 73 since. He'll need his Thursday form to come back in order to win this thing.

Henrik Stenson (+1, 8:40) Stenson has never really contended at the Open Championship before, unless you count finishing tied for 3rd in 2010, eight shots back. Stenson's been hanging around all week, but needs another gear to win.

Phil Mickelson (+2, 8:30) Three bogeys in the final six holes today hurt Phil a lot today, turning a potentially good day into a meh one. It feels like he's either going to go low and have a shot or completely implode. That's a gut feeling on my part.

Francesco Molinari (+2, 8:30) Molinari has one career major top 10 (a T10 at the 2009 PGA). He's a solid European pro with three career wins. His problem is he has a lot of very talented players to jump over.

Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, Jamie Donaldson, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Miguel Angel Jimenez (+3) It's an interesting group 6 shots back of Westwood. Their goal is to go low, post a number, and hope the rest come back to them. Els won last year after being six back to start the day, so it is possible. For everyone 7 or more back (including Els at +5, 8 back), it's probably too much to ask.

I'm going to pick Scott to win, mostly because I don't trust Westwood, and because something always seems to go wrong on the weekend lately for Tiger. Who is your pick to win this year's Open Championship?
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