Top 25 Open Championship rankings

2nd, 2008
Justin Rose

Although a few of you will understand this rank, most of you will knee-jerk and start typing in the comments area. But before you start complaining about my ranking him outside the top 10, have a look at his record the past four Opens. (I'll wait.) Now you can see this is actually a very generous spot for the man who won recently in D.C.

T-4, 1998
Miguel Angel Jimenez

"The No. 13 thinks he's lucky," says the voice about the most interesting man in golf, except this time it's not a joke. Currently ranked inside the top 30 in the world, the 50-year-old Spaniard is making a serious push to qualify for the Ryder Cup team, or at the very least to be a captain's pick. Cigars and red wine ... now that's a workout routine I can get into!

T-3, 2001
Rickie Fowler

Many forget that Fowler finished second at the U.S. Open this year (not his fault with all the Erik Compton love happening). That's two top-5s in majors so far this season. Not bad for a guy who started working with a new swing coach (Butch Harmon) late last year. While Fowler hasn't seriously contended for this major in four tries (including a missed cut last year), I have a feeling that this year he might surprise us.

T-5, 2011
Jamie Donaldson

He's relatively unknown in the States except to those who remember his second-place finish at Doral this year. Those who do know his name remember his win in Abu Dhabi last year against a stellar field. Although he hasn't won since, in his past 20 starts he's missed only two cuts -- and both occurred in the U.S.

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