Twenty Golfers Most Likely To Win 2013 British Open

Picking the winner of a major always turns into a complex process. ESPN analysts do their method of elimination — “if so-and-so has never won on a July 23rd before, he’s out,” and so on.

Others employ a statistical analysis that would leave the good folks at Elias bug-eyed and soul searching. Still others go off of feeling — they think they’re Ben Crenshaw and this is Brookline in 1999.

To me picking the winner of the 2013 British Open at Muirfield is not nearly that complicated — for a crash course on who to pick all we have to do is look at the history of the tournament here since World War II.

The British Open winner at Muirfield since that time has never not been a legend. Henry Cotton won his third and final major at Muirfield in 1948. Gary Player won his first of nine majors in 1959.