And the Open winner is …

The British Open kicks off in just a few hours, and with that comes our attempt at picking the winner that will hoist the Claret Jug on Sunday at Muirfield.

Jay Busbee -- I wavered here, going between McDowell and Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods and even Phil Mickelson, but in the end I'm going to ride with Graeme. After a post-U.S. Open lull he's returned to his winning ways, at least when it comes to non-major events. Yes, he's missed the cut in both majors so far this year, and that's a problem. But if he can hang on through Friday, he's got a good chance of being in the mix on Sunday afternoon.

Shane Bacon -- I think the Open is the toughest of all the majors to predict because you aren't just battling which player is hot at the time, but you have to factor in the weather. Lucky for us, the forecast looks fairly mild this weekend at Muirfield, so I'm going with the guy I liked to start the week. Ernie Els is not only playing some great golf heading into his defense of the British, but he's won on this course before and seems as confident as ever with his golf game. A win at the BMW International Open in late June was a huge boost for the 43-year-old, and his T-4 at the U.S. Open was his highest finish at that major since 2010.

And now your pick. Who takes the Open on Sunday?

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