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LYTHAM ST. Stephen Curry 3 Shoes . ANNES, England - As Lee Westwood and Luke Donald were coming toward the end of their practice round on what had been another awful day of English weather, a strange thing happened. The thick clouds began to break up in the western sky. There were patches of blue and, yes, even a brief glimpse of the sun. For a few glorious moments Monday, Westwood and Donald were putting through shadows on the 16th green. An omen, perhaps? No English golfer has won a British Open on English soil since 1969, but the prospects of snapping that drought at Royal Lytham & St. Annes seem brighter than ever. Donald is ranked No. 1 in the world. Westwood sits at No. 3. Justin Rose isnt far behind, holding down the ninth spot. Ian Poulter is farther back (No. 28), but hes contended at the Open and played well in the Ryder Cup. "Certainly the talent in England is great right now," Donald said. Tony Jacklin is clearly impressed. He just happens to be that English winner from 43 years ago - a triumph that took place at Lytham, no less - and believes its past time for someone else to fill his shoes. "Records are made to be broken," Jacklin said. "I wouldnt be surprised if that didnt end. Weve got as good a chance of that ending this year as weve had in any other year since I won. Weve got a lot of first-class players and high hopes for them." The English havent been totally shut out since Jacklins historic triumph. Nick Faldo has three Open titles, but all of them came a little farther north, at courses in Scotland. The crowds at Lytham figure to get especially loud and rowdy if someone such as Westwood or Donald goes to the weekend in serious contention for the claret jug. That worked in Jacklins favour back in 69, but it also put a hefty amount of pressure on the home-country favourite. "Id never been so nervous," Jacklin recalled. "There was a lot of support. But at the same time, theres a responsibility that goes with it." If an Englishman is in the mix this time, his chances of winning could come down to how well he soaks up the support and blocks out the expectations. "I know my game is good enough to win when I play well enough, play with everything together," Westwood said Tuesday morning. "So thats what I try to do. After that its out of your hands." Even though he attended college in the U.S., lives in suburban Chicago and plays regularly on the PGA Tour, Donald is looking for a homestyle advantage at Lytham. "This course has some history with Jacklin winning it," he said. "Hopefully that will prove to be lucky for us." Then again, none of the top English players has ever won a major title. Westwood has come closest, a runner-up at both the Masters and the British Open two years ago, not to mention third-place finishes in the other two majors. Hes rated by Jacklin as the most likely to break through but, at age 39, hes got to be very much aware that his window of opportunity is getting smaller and smaller. "This should suit him down to the ground, the conditions of the golf course and the way its playing. But you never know," Jacklin said. "Hes got all the experience in the world, and hes surely up for it, but at 39 or whatever he is, the clock is ticking. I keep my fingers crossed for him, because I think he really deserves it. It would look great on his resume: Open champion." Westwood is eager for a breakthrough. "I havent won a major yet," he said, "and Id like to win one or two or three." Westwood said his chances will largely depend on the conditions, which have been especially gnarly in Britain this summer with cool temperatures and more rain that anyone can remember, which is saying a lot in this water-logged nation. Going out for a practice round Monday afternoon worked out better than expected. Now, if only the weather will hold for the rest of the week. Unlike defending champion Darren Clarke, who feels he might have an advantage in adverse conditions, Westwood is eager to have things as pristine as possible. "I like it sunny and dry," he said. Westwoods big selling point: Hes one of the games most accurate players off the tee, which is vital at any major but especially at one being held on a course with more than 200 pot bunkers dotting the grounds. "This is a great drivers golf course," Jacklin said. "If you dont drive the ball straight here, youve got no chance. Youve got to keep the ball in play off the tee." For Donald, that part of the game is bit more of a crapshoot. Erratic driving largely explains why hes never been much of a factor in the majors despite his lofty ranking. His best finish at the Open was a tie for fifth in 2009, when he finished two strokes off the pace at Turnberry in a tournament mostly remembered for 59-year-old Tom Watson nearly becoming the oldest major champion in history (he lost to Stewart Cink in a playoff). Donald has finished as high as third a couple of times, but he wasnt close to winning. He finished seven shots behind Tiger Woods at the 2005 Masters and was six shots off the pace (again trailing Woods) at the 2006 PGA Championship. This season on the PGA Tour, Donald ranks a dismal 115th in total driving - a combination of distance and fairway average. He gets away with it at the lesser events, winning twice (including a European Tour victory) and finishing in the top six three other times, but he tied for 32nd at the Masters and missed the cut at the U.S. Open, hardly looking like the worlds best player. "Luke, if your look at the stats, his driver is not the straightest club," Jacklin said. "Hes got to get in the mix at a major. Thats Lukes big thing right now." Donald has been working diligently on correcting the flaws in his game, giving him a bit of cautious optimism coming into Lytham. He played last week at the Scottish Open, putting up three straight rounds in the 60s before a closing 73 dropped him into a tie for 16th. "I feel encouraged," he said. "Its going the right way. My swing is certainly in a better position. Im going to try to go out there and have a little bit more fun." While Rose is also in the top 10, Jacklin didnt mention him as a likely winner. Instead, he pointed to the Poulter, who seems to spend more time picking out his wardrobe and posting on Twitter than he does working on his swing. Perhaps distracted by all those side pursuits, Jacklin stumbled a bit when bringing up Poulter. "Weve got the fancy dresser lad," Jacklin said. "Whats his name?" That wont be an issue for Poulter — or any Englishman — if one of them winds up holding the claret jug Sunday evening. Rest assured, just about everyone in this country will know the name. Clutchfit Drive 2 Green . Uruguays soccer federation said it planned to appeal the ban, which prohibits striker Luis Suarez from all soccer activities for four months. The ban also covers Uruguays next nine international games, which rules him out of next years Copa America. Stephen Curry Shoes Under Armour . Brignac hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.The 2014 NHL Draft is nearly three weeks away and TSN Scout Craig Button is sticking to his guns, for the most part, in his final list of the Top 100 draft eligible players. Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice completes his sweep of Buttons rankings, finishing in the top spot for the seventh time. Aaron Ekblad, Sam Bennett, Leon Draisaitl and Michael Dal Colle round out an identical top five from the previous list. "Its my projection of where players will be in three to five years time as they progress and mature," explains Button. "There will never be agreement on any ranking of this type and it is never static or without debate. There is nothing final about the players as they will develop and progress into NHL players of varying skills and types." Ekblad is the outlier of an emerging trend in the Top 100. Of the top 10 ranked skaters, seven are forwards. If the list were to mirror the upcoming draft, only seven defencemen would be selected in the first round and 28 in the top 100 - with some of those blueliners spending time at forward. "Each draft has its own unique personality and must be treated as such," adds Button. "We get hyped as we anticipate the next potential superstar and while this draft may not have that hype, it has players who will be stars in their own right and will help their NHL teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Stephen Curry Shoes For Sale. quot; A few surprises shook up the rankings with Calgary Hitmen defenceman Travis Sanheim making the leap from 32 down to No. 8. The 6-foot-3 standout was a plus-25 in 67 games for the Hitmen, who finished third in the WHLs Eastern Conference but fell in the opening round of the playoffs in six games. Centre Vladislav Kamenev also caught Buttons attention, slicing his ranking by more than half in a jump from the No. 25 spot to No. 12. The Russian junior league product played just 15 games this season but did manage 10 points and a plus-10 rating. The final ranking, however, was not so kind to some. After reaching a high of the No. 8 spot on the previous list, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds centre Jared McCann nearly fell out of the top 20. Despite his 27 goals and 62 points in 64 games this season, McCann managed just one goal in March. "What history tells us is that this draft will be like all others, with players not achieving greatness and its steals, whereby the question inevitably becomes - how did they get him there?" said Button. "But make no mistake, the players have reached for their goal of playing in the NHL and all sacrifices are worth it because with no sacrifice, there is no reaching ones potential. That we can all agree on." For Craig Buttons final list click here. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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