July 21 2013
We’re nearing the finish line at Muirfield. Here’s five players to keep an eye on Sunday at The Open Championship:
-- Lee Westwood: All eyes will be on the 40-year-old Englishman as he seeks his first major. Westwood started the final round with a two-shot lead.
-- Hunter Mahan: Mahan, another player seeking his first major, is in the final group for the second consecutive major. He shot a final-round 75 at Merion to finish four back of Justin Rose at the U.S. Open. Mahan's fourth-place finish at Merion is the best of his career in a major.
-- Tiger Woods: He’s seeking his 15th major and first since the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods has never won a major when not leading after 54 holes, though. He also started the final round at 1 under par, two shots behind Westwood.
-- Adam Scott: The Masters champion is trying to win the Claret Jug one year after losing The Open Championship with bogeys on his final four holes. He’s also seeking to join an elite list of players who have won the Masters and Open Championship in the same year. Ben Hogan (1953), Arnold Palmer (1962), Jack Nicklaus (1966), Gary Player (1974), Tom Watson (1977), Nick Faldo (1990), Mark O’Meara (1998) and Tiger Woods (2005) have accomplished the feat.
-- Phil Mickelson: He’s finished in the top-10 at The Open just twice, but is coming off a win at last week’s Scottish Open. He starts the final round five shots back as he seeks redemption for last month’s heartbreak at Merion.
-- Hideki Matsuyama: The 21-year-old from Japan was assessed a one-shot penalty for slow play Saturday, but still entered the final round six shots back of Westwood. He’s seeking his second consecutive top-10 in a major after finishing T-10 at Merion. He’s also No. 8 in the International Team standings for The Presidents Cup, so a good Sunday would send him up the standings.