Westwood vs. Donald
This 140th edition of The Open Championship, also known on the United States side of the pond as the British Open, will come down to a country-wrenching battle for the title between Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.
The English will be torn. Their tabloids will wring their hands in indecision that will manifest itself in big, black wobbly headlines. Whom to root for? Which one is truly our lad? They are both Englishmen, of course, but which is more English than the other?
Soon, the tide will turn toward Westwood, born and raised and stayed on the Isles, over Donald, who went off to school in the States, at Northwestern. The surge of public support will leave the claret jug on Westwood's mantle.
A long shot: Johnson
But I'll take an 80-to-1 shot: Zach Johnson. The fact that he's American probably should make him 180-to-1, considering the five-major losing streak for the Stars 'n' Stripes.
But Johnson has the experience, the guts and the short game to get it done on the quirky Royal St. George's layout. He finished tied for third at last week's John Deere Classic. And, hey, he is less obscure than Louis Oosthuizen.