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Last year's British open final four
- Published: 18:42 July 13, 2011
Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
Any doubts that Louis Oosthuizen had the game and the temperament to cope with the pressure of leading a major championship on the last day were soon dispelled at St Andrews when he played with the confidence of a seasoned campaigner to win The Open by seven shots. To achieve his major breakthrough in the game’s oldest championship over the Old Course by such a convincing margin belied his lack of experience and the shortness of his career.
Lee Westwood, England
Was overtaken by a fantastic final round from Phil Mickelson in the 2010 Masters at Augusta to finish in a strong second place, having led overnight. His earnings and his rise to fourth place in the World Ranking could both have been higher if he had not dropped a shot at the final hole in The Open at Turnberry, losing out on a place in the play-off between Tom Watson and Stewart Cink.
Paul Casey, England
He finished tied for third place in the 2010 Open at St Andrews and won the Volvo Golf Champions event in Bahrain in 2011, his 12th European Tour victory. Represented Great Britain & Ireland as an amateur in the Walker Cup before winning Sir Henry Cotton’s Rookie of the Year in 2001 and becoming European Tour Golfer of the Year in 2006 thanks to three victories.
Henrik Stenson, Sweden
Scored the winning point in the 2006 Ryder Cup match at the K Club with his singles victory over Vaughn Taylor. His 2000 Challenge Tour rankings victory included three wins in eight top-10 finishes. To his six of European Tour wins he has added top-20 performances in the US Masters and USPGA, tied for third place in the 2008 Open Championship and was the winner of the prestigious Players Championship in 2009.
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