Golf: The Open - Four to follow in the wind at Carnoustie

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ANDREW COLTART

The 29-year-old Scot is hoping to match the success of his near-namesake David Coulthard. Grew up in Dumfries, where his great-uncle was a founder member of the Thornhill club. Has won once on the European Tour, in the 1998 Qatar Masters, but has twice won the Australian PGA title in windy conditions Down Under. Finished as runner-up to Ian Woosnam in the 1996 Scottish Open at Carnoustie. Odds: 125-1

JIM FURYK

His swing is so odd the wind does not seem to affect it. The 29-year- old American has been fourth in the last two Opens, at Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale. Considered one of the best putters on the US Tour. His coach, dad Mike, started him putting crosshanded at the age of seven on the advice of Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Has won three times on the US Tour. Odds: 40-1

JESPER PARNEVIK

Nutty volcanic sand-eating Swede with the peak of his cap upturned but who loves links golf. Has twice been runner-up in the Open, at Turnberry in 1994 and at Royal Troon in 1997, and has only once been worse than 24th in six championships. Fourth last year at Royal Birkdale. The 34- year-old has won four times in Europe and twice in America, including this season's Greater Greensboro Classic. Odds: 25-1

IAN WOOSNAM

Winner of the Scottish Open in high winds at Carnoustie in 1996 with a score of 289. The diminutive Welshman, now 41, has never had a problem with the wind and his best Open result remains his third place at Turnberry in 1986 when the conditions and course set-up were similar to this year. Has not won for two years and has struggled for form since suffering a broken knuckle two months ago. Odds: 100-1

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