Colin Montgomerie believes Graeme McDowell (33/1 – Open Outright with bet365), Paul Lawrie and Justin Rose all have a chance at lifting the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham & St Annes in The Open this week.
The action gets underway in Lancashire on Thursday and hopes are high that there can be another British winner of the major after Darren Clarke’s triumph 12 months ago.
Monty has been talking up the chances of favourite Tiger Woods (9/1 Outright) and the man next in the market, Lee Westwood (14/1), but he also thinks McDowell, Rose (30/1) and Lawrie (60/1) all have big claims.
When asked who he thinks can win it, the former European Ryder Cup champion, who has never won a major himself, has backed some of the British hopefuls to do well.
“Graeme McDowell has been here since last Saturday and has been playing extremely well, proven by the fact he was in the last group in the US Open and hits the ball particularly straight off the tee,” he said of the Northern Irishman.
On Rose, meanwhile, he added: “Justin is an unsung hero rRyeally. I think he will do well here, he’s very confident and has a golden chance. Again he drives the ball very well, is strong and mentally confident.
While on Lawrie – the 1999 Open winner who triumphed at Carnoustie 13 years ago – Montgomerie added: “He is playing the golf of his life, driving the ball much better and holing out well.”