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Jim McCabe's British Open picks

THE WINNER
Tiger Woods
British Opens:
11th
Missed cut: 0
Best: Won in 2000 at St. Andrews
Rounds: 40
Scoring average: 70.93
Notable: Has been higher than 73 just once in his last 20 rounds in this event, sub-70 in nine.

THE LEADING CONTENDERS
Davis Love
British Opens:
19th
Missed cut: 6
Best: T-4 at Royal St. George's in 2003
Rounds: 60
Scoring average: 71.75
Notable: Terrific ball striker who has been inside the top 15 in seven of last eight Open Championships.

Lee Westwood
British Opens:
11th
Missed cut: 3
Best: Fourth at Royal Troon in 2004
Rounds: 34
Scoring average: 72.76
Notable: Has missed just one cut in 16 starts on two tours this year.

Angel Cabrera
British Opens:
Seventh
Missed cut: 3
Best: T-4 at Carnoustie in 1999
Rounds: 18
Scoring average: 73.67
Notable: St. Andrews is a long-hitter's ballpark and Cabrera is as long as anyone.

Sergio Garcia
British Opens:
Ninth
Missed cut: 3
Best: T-8 at Muirfield in 2002
Rounds: 26
Scoring average: 72.85
Notable: Has the length, which is important, but he also plays the ball on the ground superbly.

Fred Couples
British Opens:
16th
Missed cut: 2
Best: T-3 at Royal Birkdale in 1991.
Rounds: 56
Scoring average: 71.29
Notable: In three prior appearances at St. Andrews, he finished T-4 (1984), T-25 (1990), and sixth (2000).

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