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AND THE WINNER IS ...
July 14, 2008
I think it will be a European. I know that's not exactly going out on a limb, especially since last year's Open featured two Euros in a playoff—Padraig Harrington over Sergio. But I don't think either one of those guys will win this time. The Open greens are slower than in the U.S., but I don't like a shaky putting stroke on greens of any speed, and I'm not sold that Sergio has solved his putting problems.
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July 14, 2008

And The Winner Is ...

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I think it will be a European. I know that's not exactly going out on a limb, especially since last year's Open featured two Euros in a playoff—Padraig Harrington over Sergio. But I don't think either one of those guys will win this time. The Open greens are slower than in the U.S., but I don't like a shaky putting stroke on greens of any speed, and I'm not sold that Sergio has solved his putting problems.

My pick is Lee Westwood [right] of England. He has been playing well (I noticed that he was driving the ball great at Torrey Pines), and more than anything, he was really stroking his putts. He got rid of his belly putter and went back to a face-balanced mallet. He was accelerating better using a cross-handed grip, and he's holing more short putts. He hung in there pretty well [third] and finished a shot out of the playoff. Westwood has been playing better all year and is flying under the radar. He has rededicated himself—losing weight, working out—and has made one heck of a comeback. I think it's his time and place.

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