Rex Hoggard - July 17, 2012

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GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Rex Hoggard is in England this week for the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. David Duval won The Open Championship the last time it was at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2001 although it seems like a lifetime ago. When Duval won in 2001, he was the best player who had yet to win a Major and he reached the top of the mountain professionally with that win. However, Duval wondered if that was all there was and his career began a steady decline as his personal life steadily improved. 11 years later, Duval is in a great place in his personal life but with the exception of the 2009 U.S. Open and 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his professional career has not risen back to the heights of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Lee Westwood is arguably the best player who has yet to win a Major as The Open Championship returns to Royal Lytham. Westwood feels that he is great at ball striking and while nearly everyone agrees with that assessment, many people feel that his short game is what has kept him from winning a Major. Westwood has said that he is not under any additional pressure this week. However, he is at a turning point in his life as he is getting ready to move to the United States on a permanent basis as part of a five-year plan to get to the next level in his career including winning his first Major. He is taking some risks in his career and in his life in pursuit of that first Major win.