Open At A Glance: 16/07/2011

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Crowd Favourite

Darren Clarke

We thought there might be an Ulsterman at the top of the leaderboard, we just didn't expect it to be cuddly Clarkey .

Verdict: Dazzling display

World No's 1&2

Westwood and Donald

Our experts thought it was Lee or Luke's time but the best of British both had horrible days and their major drought goes on.

Verdict: Hopes gone West

Losing The Plot

Graeme McDowell

'I'm a bit of a mental case out there,' said the former US Open champ. This wasn't a recipe for success. He shot a 77.

Verdict: Not mad for it

Back On The Beers

Mark Calcavecchia

He sank pints then putts on day one, but fell off the wagon spectacularly with a 79 and is now drowning his sorrows.

Verdict: Last supper

Dark Horse

Martin Kaymer

The German won the USPGA last year and enjoyed a 69 yesterday which leaves him right in the mix this weekend.

Verdict: Major chance

Yank Watch

Phil Mickelson

'Lefty' has been hitting it left and right but rarely straight. However, at 50-1, he was too good a bet for some of us to ignore.

Verdict: You bet he can win

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