Golf rarely has been this mysterious when it comes to the majors.
Tiger Woods used to be counted on to win at least one major a year and contend in the others. And while he is back to being the betting favorite, the British Open will be the 17th major since Woods won his last one. Rory McIlroy, the heir apparent, has taken such a peculiar turn in the last two months that it was cause for minor celebration, if not major relief, when he simply made the cut in the Irish Open.
Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, the two players who have been atop the world ranking the most over the last two years, have never won a major.
So when the British Open begins next week at Royal Lytham & St. Annes on the Lancashire coast of England, there really is only one logical question.
These days, the answer is pure guesswork.
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