- Associated Press - Saturday, July 14, 2012

A capsule look at 20 top contenders in the British Open, to be played July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes (listed in predicted order of finish):


Age: 39.

Country: England.

World ranking: 3.

Worldwide wins: 38.

Majors: None.

At his best in 2012: Won the Masters twice _ Scandinavian and Indonesian.

At his worst in 2012: Staring up at a tree at Olympic Club, watching his U.S. Open hopes fade.

British Open moment: Fairway bunker shot that cleared the lip without an inch to spare on the 18th at Turnberry, a magnificent shot wasted when he three-putted to miss out on a playoff by one shot.

Pot bunker mentality: Equipped to bring England its first British Open title in England since Tony Jacklin in 1969 at Royal Lytham. He has the most top-3s (seven) of any player to have never won a major since 1934.



Age: 34.

Country: England.

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