A wild British Open (hopefully) concludes Monday, following a week of wind and rain that has produced several delays. Tomorrow’s forecast looks positively Scottish, which should make for an entertaining final round. With so many players on the first page of St. Andrews’ yellow leaderboard, we asked our panelists the toughest question in golf right now.
Who will win the British Open?
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): Jordan. Because it’s meant to be.
Cameron Morfit, senior writer, GOLF Magazine (@CameronMorfit): I’m going to go with my original pick, 2010 St. Andrews Open champ Louis Oosthuizen, who has worked himself into a tie for the lead and who tends to play mad good golf when he’s in contention on the weekends. Oosty kills the Spieth Slam.
Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Jordan Spieth. I think he’ll make the fewest mistakes and capitalize best on his chances. King Louis should have a deeper understanding of the course, but Spieth has shown that he is the fastest learner the game has seen since Tiger, and maybe even going back to Nicklaus, because he’s doing it with less firepower and less swagger.
Jeff Ritter, senior editor, SI Golf Group (@Jeff_Ritter): Took Rose at the start of the week, and it’s tempting to double down, but Louis Oosthuizen has been so steady, and we know he has the firepower for a big round on the Old Course. I think he has a chance to draw on all the good vibes from his runaway victory in 2010 and win this thing. The Old Course has a knack for producing great champions. A second win here would make Oosty a worthy member of the club.
Josh Sens, contributing writer, GOLF Magazine: (@JoshSens): The wunderkind in a playoff over Oosthuizen, because invariably it comes down to putting, and no one makes more big putts these days than Spieth.
Eamon Lynch, managing editor, GOLF.com (@EamonLynch): If the predicted wet, windy conditions transpire, Padraig Harrington. If not, Louis Oosthuizen. The kids will be upstaged by the veterans.
Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): Jordan Spieth, because the universe is aligned in harmonic convergence. He can do no wrong. And, oh yeah, he’s the best putter on the planet.
Coleman McDowell, associate editor, GOLF.com (@ColemanMcDowell): Eddie Pepp — I mean, Jordan Spieth. He says he fixed an error in his putting stroke that made him pull putts left. He proceeded to make seven birdies and take 27 putts. I believe him.
Josh Berhow, staff producer, GOLF.com (@Josh_Berhow): Give me Louis. I want to say Jordan Spieth, but winning a golf tournament is hard. Winning back-to-back tournaments is harder. Winning three straight majors is ridiculous. The last time Oosty played the back nine in the final round of a major he shot 29.
What do you think? Cast your vote below!