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Can an English golfer win the Open Championship?

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Rose is fresh off his US Open win. (©GettyImages)
Rose is fresh off his US Open win. (©GettyImages).

21 years have passed since Nick Faldo held off the challenge from John Cook of the United States in winning his third open championship in 1992 at 12 under par.

This significant victory was the last time an English golfer held aloft the famous claret jug and since then only a few hearty soles have come close in trying to emulating his success.

Taking place at the at the very same 1992 venue in Muirfield, Scotland; we look at the top potential challengers that might finally end the country's long wait for an English winner.

Justin Rose

Fresh from a composed and maiden major win at the recent US Open, Justin Rose is one Englishman with the major monkey off his back. Unspectacular at times but safe and assured, Rose is the mark of a tough golfer whose consistency is something to admire. 

His profile has increased significantly since the US Open but the chances of back-to-back major wins looks a monumental ask given the quality of field available in golf currently but this might be just be one golfer on a major roll of confidence. 

Luke Donald

A man right up until the start of the fourth round at the US Open looked a genuine contender to become the champion. A couple of out-of-character wayward shots later and Donald slipped down the leader board. 

Luke's game and swing surely commands a major or two and his multiple tour wins backs this up but the pressure of a major normally takes its toll. It could be a promising weekend for Luke and a top 10 finish is the likely outcome.

Lee Westwood

Currently ranked 12th in the world, Lee is ageing and struggling to find the consistency the game that once brought him so close to so many major titles throughout the years. 

He's claimed previously there is no pressure to get a major despite being revered at times as one of the world's best golfers. Although his time is not over yet, it’s certainly running out and one can safely assume he might not get many more chances. 

Ian Poulter

With every golf major comes great pressure and with Ian Poulter comes a man who thrives under a difficult situation. You don't have to look further than his participation in the Ryder Cups over the year to prove he can perform when the going gets tough. 

But Ian has failed to translate this into the major arena with a string of poor performances over the years. An inconsistency over four rounds has often been his downfall and it's likely to be a similar story comes Sunday night.

Let's hope Justin Rose has inspired his compatriots to follow in his footsteps and finally end the drought of an Englishman holding the claret jug on Sunday night.


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Justin Rose
Lee Westwood
Ian Poulter
Golf
Luke Donald
The Open
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