As we draw closer to the start of The 2011 Open Championship, I feel like the field is getting wider and wider. There are plenty of golfers not in the Top-10 favourites who are more than capable of winning.
Here’s four more smokey’s that you may want to consider before the first tee shot.
Matt Kuchar ($41)
There is a lot of negativity surrounding American golf right now and most pundits are ruling out an American winner this week. Don’t rule out Kuchar. He knows how to grind out tournaments and his skills aren’t restricted to target golf. A very real threat this week.
Ian Poulter ($56)
To date, Poulter’s words, cars, fashion and tweets have spoken louder than his golf but he’s a good pick at fairly long odds. When he knuckles down and stays patient he can threaten but he may need to lay off the tweets for the week to keep focussed.
Charl Schwartzel ($41)
Charl proved his Schwartz was as big as anybody’s when he won the US Masters and you might be lead to believe his form has faded ever since. He has had one bad tournament but did finish 9th at the US Open. He also finished top-15 at St.Andrews last year.
Robert Rock ($126)
As if plucked straight out of 1977, retro-Rock is a silly chance this week. The Lego-haired man finished Top-10 last year at St.Andrews and won the Italian Open only a month ago. He had a bad opening round at the Scottish Open last week but finished strong.