After douching around the PGA website, I saw they have a breakdown of all the players from the UK competing for the Claret Jug this weekend and wondered: Who has the best chance?
First the breakdown of players:
Wales: Simon Edwards, Bradley Dredge, or Rhys Davies.
Scotland: Colin Montgomery, Andrew Coltart, Stephen Gallacher, Martin Laird, Paul Lawrie, or Sandy Lyle.
Northern Ireland: Greame McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, or Gareth Maybin.
England: Jamie Abbott, Phillip Archer, Laurie Canter, Paul Casey, Gary Clark, Luke Donald, Simon Dyson, Nick Faldo, Ross Fisher, Tyrrell Hatton, Simon Khan, Ross McGowan, Ian Poulter, Robert Rock, Justin Rose, Zane Scotland, Paul Streeter, Steven Tiley, Lee Westwood, Tom Whitehouse, Oliver Wilson, or Chris Wood.
Wales is winless all time so do I really need to say much more? Rhys Davies is the favorite of the group having three professional wins but only one on the European Tour. He originally started off as a premier cricket player in his younger days, but gave it up for golf. Rhys is only 25 and could actually make a pretty good showing. But let’s be honest, probably not. Anyways he played on two Walker Cup teams in 2005 and 2007 and played his college golf at East Tennessee State University. Go Buccaneers!
Scotland has some experience… I’m sorry, but I hate Monty. And I really can’t go much further than that. He sucks and therefore I think all Scottish players suck. I hope he loses in the most embarrassing fashion possible like a W/D due to a yeast infection or menstrual cramps. He finished second in 2005, but other than that he really hasn’t been relevant at the Open Championship since the turn of the century. Martin Laird is currently the highest ranked Scottish player at 114 in the world. God damn, I can’t go on any more. I’m feeling sick just seeing I wrote something about Monty.
Northern Ireland has some nice up and coming talent and the reigning US Open champion. If you don’t know that Graeme McDowell won the US Open a few weeks back then just stop reading and dive on a knife. Darren Clarke has 20 professional wins in his 30 year professional career, but no major championships. Rory McIlroy is one of the best young talents in the game period and is really someone to keep your eye on this weekend. He won the Quail Hollow Championship earlier this year by shooting a final round 62. Oh and he’s only 21. Let me repeat that, he’s only 21.
England has the most golfers in the field including Ian Poulter who is recently competitive in the majors, but he got a mosquito bite or something, so cross his ass off the list. Luke Donald finished T5 last year and has had a pretty decent year notching four top 10’s with his best finish being second at the Northern Trust Open so take that for what it’s worth. Paul Casey could be dangerous, but it’s Paul Casey. He’ll find a way to choke on some crumpets. Watch out for Chris Wood, who finished T3 in last year’s Open who’s hard to miss at 6’ 5”. Justin Rose is currently on fire the last couple of weeks giving his countrymen hope and has to be considered one of the favorites this weekend. Then there’s Lee Westwood who also has to be considered one of the favorites in the field, not just from England. But his leg is “injured”. However, it’s hard to look past his year so far. He’s got a win at the St. Jude Classic, a second place finish at the Masters, and T4 at THE PLAYERS. That’s not too shabby.
So what do you think? Any of these guys gonna bring home the Claret Jug? Na. A real ‘merican golfer is gonna take the title and rub it in the faces of all those snaggle toothed Brits.
Suck on that.