British Open 2013: Top Players Who Will Bounce Back After Struggles at Muirfield

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 24, 2013

Jul 18, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Justin Rose hits his tee shot on the 4th hole during the first round for the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports
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The British Open has historically frustrated some of the greatest golfers in the world, given the swirling winds and links-style golf.

That didn't change this year, as many top contenders were embarrassed at Muirfield in Scotland.

Whether it be a player who has historically struggled at the British Open or a player who has historically struggled at majors period, there was plenty of misery to go around in the third major of the year.

But these are top players for a reason: They find ways to get back up after inevitably falling from time to time in the brutal game of golf.

Here's a look at some top players who will rebound after struggling at the 2013 British Open


Justin Rose

Despite heading into Muirfield with five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, including a U.S. Open championship, world No. 5 Justin Rose hadn't had much success throughout his career at the British Open.

Rose finished fourth at the major as an amateur in 1998, but hasn't placed better than 12th since. That includes missing the cut three of the past four years.

There are some tournaments where a player's history doesn't matter all that much. However, at the British Open, it does matter, given the wind and the fact that links golf is an entirely different venture.

Like 2013 British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Rose must adapt in order to conquer the major.

Of course, outside of the British Open, Rose does just fine. I expect the 32-year-old to rebound after missing the cut at Muirfield.


Bill Haas

Bill Haas may historically struggle at majors, but outside of the top four tournaments of the year, he does rather well.

Case in point: Haas has a tour-best eight top-10 finishes this year. That includes a victory at AT&T National. 

As long as the 31-year-old isn't playing in a major, he tends to do well. It just goes to show you how you have to be on an entirely different level mentally when competing for a major championship. 

Haas hasn't found that mentality at the British Open yet, but it appears to be there when he's not competing for a major.


Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia has never lived up to the hype when it comes to his performance in major championships. 

Then again, the hype was overwhelming from the start.

Garcia may never win a major, but he has posted 18 career top-10 finishes at majors in his career. The 33-year-old Spaniard also has four top-10 finishes in 10 PGA Tour events this year. That includes finishing eighth at both the Masters and the Players Championship.

Garcia had a string of four top-10 finishes in six PGA Tour events before placing 45th at the U.S. Open and placing 21st at the British Open. As long as he stays away from majors, he's generally alright.


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