Contenders and pretenders at the 2009 British Open

Contenders and pretenders at the 2009 British Open

The Outside ChancesZach Johnson: He likes links golf, which is good because it means he'll take the extra effort to learn the course. He's got a low ball flight, hits a draw and is having a very solid year. Can't dismiss him.Brady's Odds to Win: 15 to 1Steve Stricker: He seems to always be there at this tournament. He's patient, smart and a good putter, but I can't see him taking on Tiger. Actually, other than Stenson, Ogilvy, Harrington and maybe Cabrera, I find it difficult to see anyone taking on Tiger.Brady's Odds to Win: 15 to 1Mike Weir: He's playing better, he's smart and he hits the ball low. You could make a lot worse picks than him.Brady's Odds to Win: 15 to 1Ian Poulter: Guys who wear pants like that win majors. Seriously. If you're spending that much time on your clothes, you're probably not thinking about the things you need to do to win. Call it the Doug Sanders Effect. I know Payne Stewart dressed theatrically, but I think that was just his natural personality.Brady's Odds to Win: 20 to 1Kenny Perry: The fact that he doesn't appear to enjoy the tournament worries me. Guys like that won't spend the extra time you need to adjust your game. He is playing well though.Brady's Odds to Win: 20 to 1Lucas Glover: Do I think Lucas Glover is a back-to-back major winner? No, but he deserves a mention here.Brady's Odds to Win: 20 to 1The Long ShotsRory McIlroy: I want to see some more proof. We all love the next guy who's going to take on Tiger, but after watching Tiger outclass Anthony Kim at the AT&T, I wonder, "How in the world would Rory McIlroy take him on?"Brady's Odds to Win: 30 to 1Paul Casey: If he's going to win a big one, the British Open would be it. He's got the strength, but I'm still not a believer.Brady's Odds to Win: 30 to 1Ernie Els: Golf is not his priority anymore and rightly so. But if you aren't making golf your priority, you can't beat other guys who do. I really would love to see him do well.Brady's Odds to Win: 30 to 1Ryo Ishikawa: Like McIlroy, Ryo just doesn't look ready to win a major. One advantage he'll have is that the Japanese phenom won't have any problem dealing with Tiger's photographers. Instead, Tiger might have trouble with his.Brady's Odds to Win: 30 to 1David Duval: Would love to see it, but one tournament is not evidence of a comeback.Brady's Odds to Win: 30 to 1Greg Norman: Last year was a fairy tale that almost came true. That's once-in-a-lifetime stuff.Brady's Odds to Win: 50 to 1


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