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10 Who Could Go All The Way
July 18, 2006
On the condition of anonymity a PGA Tour pro assesses Royal Liverpool--you won't be saved by any concession tents here, Lefty, you'll be O.B.--and ranks the top 10 contenders (in ascending order) to win the season's third major championship
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July 18, 2006

10 Who Could Go All The Way

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On the condition of anonymity a PGA Tour pro assesses Royal Liverpool--you won't be saved by any concession tents here, Lefty, you'll be O.B.--and ranks the top 10 contenders (in ascending order) to win the season's third major championship

10 DAVID DUVAL

WORLD RANK: 303rd WORLDWIDE WINS: 14

I have to throw the 2001 British Open champ into the mix. Don't laugh. He finished 16th at the U.S. Open and did something even winner Geoff Ogilvy didn't do at Winged Foot--he broke 70, with a 68 on Friday. The sure sign that David is back is that he's starting to get upset over poor shots. During his slump he accepted them. He's obviously driving it better--you don't survive Winged Foot if you miss fairways--and the driver has been his nemesis. I played with him during his slump, and even then his iron game was solid. People also forget that this guy is a great putter. He bangs them in the hole, too, so slow British Open greens aren't a problem.

ROYAL TEE: As far down as David has been, I don't see him pulling off the win, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him in contention to the very end.

9 GEOFF OGILVY

WORLD RANK: 7th WORLDWIDE WINS: 3

The U.S. Open winner has to be rated a solid contender for the British. He's earned it. I can't give him enough credit for his clutch play on the last four holes at Winged Foot. I've played with Geoff, and his game is pretty impressive. He hits it high and long. That works great at Augusta National or the U.S. Open or even St. Andrews, where he finished fifth last year. My concern is that he hits every shot the same--a full swing and a high ball. I've never seen him hit a knockdown shot or a bump-and-run. I mean, not even once. He's a one-dimensional player (a very good one-dimensional player) with an ultrahigh launch angle.

ROYAL TEE: If it's windy at all--and it usually is--at Royal Liverpool, I'm not sure his high trajectory will fly.

8 PHIL MICKELSON

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