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Picking the 2010 Open Champion

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Rob Hodgetts | 16:07 UK time, Wednesday, 14 July 2010

So who's going to win the Open then? Tiger for three in a row at St Andrews? McDowell for back-to-back majors? Another European? A journeyman American? Tom Watson?

Everyone's got a view, no-one knows for sure. To help sift through the chaff, we asked a host of golf writers and broadcasters for their expert opinions, informed insights and straightforward honest hunches.

Are they barking up the wrong pot bunker, or do you see a Claret Jug winner among them? Take a look, then let's have your thoughts.

Peter Alliss - BBC TV
Winner: Whoever beats Tiger Woods will go close to winning. It's an old hackeneyed thing to say but it's very true. Round here, even though he must be in a poor mental state, when he gets on those big, open fairways and if he gets his new putter going he will be very hard to beat. And I'm the only person left in the world who does not think he'll break Jack Nicklaus's record, but I think he could add another to his tally this week.

Good week: Lee Westwood. There's still life in Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen to do well and it will be interesting to see how the younger group of British players gets on - McIlroy, Poulter, Casey, Rose, Rhys Davies. A handful are very good and hopefully someone will do something. But John Daly could surprise us for a couple of rounds. I see he's 80-1 in the papers so £5 each way might give one or two people a bit of a thrill. Also, play starts at 0630 and the last people go out about 1630 - that's a tremendous weather window and could play a major part. The draw might be someone's curse or salvation. Golf is so much a game of feel and the moment and feeling confident - it's a very open Open. By the end of Sunday night I'll give you the complete answer.

Sam Torrance - BBC TV
Winner: Tiger Woods. He's the greatest player that ever lived, he's played in two majors this year and played really badly and putted terribly and came fourth and fourth. And this course is built for him. He can get away with his bad drives here - in other major championships he misses fairways and ends up in deep trouble, taking double or even triple bogeys whereas here that won't happen.

Good week: Justin Rose. He's the hottest player on the planet. At the last three events in the US he won two and was five ahead in the other one but just messed up. He's better than anyone at the moment.

Andrew Cotter - BBC TV
Winner: Ernie Els. Has an exceptional Open record. Just that one win but 12 top 10s in 19 Opens and has been runner-up a couple of times, including at St Andrews in 2000. He's in good form and has won a couple of times this year. His putting has improved which was his Achilles heel but with the St Andrews greens being a bit slower it will help him if his putting does start to struggle. And he's good in bad weather.

Good week: Stephen Gallacher. He's won the Dunhill Links around here. His Open Championship record is not great - he's only played in a couple - but he's coming back from illness last year and he's had five top 10s in the last couple of months. He might know how to get it around in front of the Scottish galleries and on a course where he's won a European Tour event. As an outsider who might have a top-10 finish he isn't a bad bet.

Geoff Sweet - The Sun
Winner: Miguel Angel Jimenez.The weather is going to suggest that we'll get four different days - calm, rain, blustery, showers, sun - a bit of everything. Jimenez is one of the most consistent golfers under all conditions. He's not one of the world's best and does blow out a few crucial putts but the greens are enormous here and he will hit them more regularly, so stands a good chance of causing a major upset.

Good week: Justin Rose. He will feed off the crowd interaction of being with Tiger Woods which will be a plus for him. He's in phenomenal form after his two wins and another near miss in the States and to be that consistent that often he won't lose it here.

Derek Lawrenson - Daily Mail
Winner: Ernie Els. I think it will be his year and I was the only one to get the Masters prediction right. Also, I was having a drink with his caddie on Tuesday evening and he says he'll win.

Good week: Padraig Harrington. The weather will not be that great and he's a man for all seasons. He's had a few top 10s recently and is well overdue another victory.

Doug Ferguson - Associated Press
Winner: Ernie Els. It's destiny. The golfing gods are not going to let him win any more of the other majors but the trade-off is that they will reward him with the Open Championship at St Andrews.

Good week: Tiger Woods. He might be leading through 54 holes and will give it up as a sign he's not quite there but close.

Neil McLeman - The Mirror
Winner: Rory McIlroy. I would have said Justin Rose before this week but I don't think the draw with Tiger Woods will do him any favours. But McIlroy's got a really good record at St Andrews. All his rounds as a pro have been under 70 and he will be inspired by Graeme McDowell's US Open win. But it's even more wide open than usual.

Good week: My outside bet for a top 10 is Tom Lehman. He's played well here before and he's just won a seniors' majors and he's in good nick.

Scott Michaux - Augusta Chronicle
Winner: Part of me still believes Tiger Woods will do it. I have a feeling he'll put it together here like he did at Hoylake after his father died.

Good week: Ernie Els. He's played consistently well in majors for the last two years and just hasn't finished one.

Ernie Els in action at the Open at St Andrews in 2005Els was runner-up in the St Andrews Open of 2000. Photo: Getty.

Mark Reason - Daily Telegraph
Winner: Padraig Harrington. I'm hearing very good things about his swing, and as we know from Royal Birkdale if it gets a bit mucky with a bit of wind and rain he's well equipped to handle it. But then I could equally make a case for Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose or 500 unknown Americans.

Good week: Rory McIlroy. He loves the place and has never failed to break 70 around here. He came into form at the French Open a couple of weeks ago. The only thing against him is that everything is in his favour, which might worry him.

Iain Carter - BBC Radio 5 live
Winner: Padraig Harrington. He knows how to win majors and as an added motivation he wasn't here in 2005 because of the death of his dad. Has a good game when conditions are difficult. Won twice in Dunhill Links events and although not a great form line coming in he's the form man of the last three years in Opens having won two of them.

Good week: Rory McIlroy will have his highest Open finish. He's already shown he's capable of handling the Old Course in the Dunhill Links and did the right thing by not playing in the Scottish Open last week. Will be spurred on by the success of his great mate Graeme McDowell at Pebble Beach.

Wayne Grady - BBC TV
Winner: Lee Westwood, as long as he keeps it out of the bunkers. Ball-striking wise he's as good as anyone in the field if not the best at the moment.

Good week: I know it's easy to pick someone who won last week but at this place you've really got to putt well and Steve Stricker just shot 26 under par - that means you're making a lot of putts and a lot of birdies so you've got to look at someone like that. Also Phil Mickelson. I don't know about his strategy - from what I've heard he's going to try to bomb everything. He's so brilliant he can do anything but I don't know if that's the way to play St Andrews.

Lawrence Donegan - The Guardian
Winner: Rory McIlroy. He's a great ball striker and hits it a long way, two of the requirements for doing well at St Andrews. He's of the calibre of player that usually wins here as long as he can get his putting sorted.

Good week: Stephen Gallacher. A past winner of the Dunhill Links at St Andrews and having a good run of form on the European Tour.

Miles Evans - Reuters
Winner: Phil Mickelson. A beautiful shaper of the ball who works his trajectory well. His record in this tournament is pretty shocking but he's a player you'd think would do well, although if the weather's bad he might suffer. But 18-1 is a brilliant price, so why not?

Good week: Darren Clarke. A good bad weather player. Found some form and would be a very popular winner here. I think the Irish might do well this week. And 100-1 stuck out for me.

Stephanie Wei - Wall Street Journal
Winner: Lee Westwood. He hits a low draw and has contended in three of the last four majors. It's just a matter of time before he gets it together, as long as he doesn't choke. If the tournament ends on Saturday he'll be fine.

Good week: Ryan Moore. He's playing really well, hitting the ball well and the course suits his eye. He might come across a bit of trouble because he's never played here before but he's a shot-maker and he's confident.

Brian Keogh - Irish Sun
Winner: Padraig Harrington. He's starting to swing the club very well, according to his coach. He's been targeting this since the start of the year, he's got good form around here and would love to have an Open at St Andrews on his CV.

Good week: Ernie Els. He's a great links player, he's played well over the past year, he's up for it and he would love a second Open Championship.

Shane O'Donoghue - BBC TV
Winner: Rory McIlroy. He doesn't want to be the only Irishman on the Ryder Cup team not to win a major and that's a huge motivation for him. He loves links golf and following Graeme McDowell's success has gone back to preparing by playing with his friends at home - that's what worked for him before his win in America. It's all about going back to basics and playing like a kid who shines.

Good week: Stephen Gallacher. In a good run of form after surmounting some serious hurdles with illness last year. Has his mojo back and that crucial X-factor of having won at St Andrews. This is his patch and he's as pure a striker as you would want. There's nothing he doesn't know about links golf.

Mark James - BBC TV
Winner: I don't think Tiger Woods because although he's used to making loads of birdies I don't think he is putting well enough and around here you have to putt well. So I think someone like Ian Poulter. He's been a little quiet for a few weeks but he's got the game and temperament above all, and I think the weather will deteriorate after Thursday and someone like him will come to the fore. And I just like to disagree with Sam Torrance.

Good week: Justin Rose. The only thing that is suspect is his putting which will be crucial around here.

Rob Hodgetts - BBC Sport website
Winner: Tiger Woods. Original it may not be, but then again, is he the player he was? To come fourth in last two majors after everything that's been going on is impressive. Add to that his dominance on the Old Course over the last two Opens here, his competitive drive and his yearning to silence the doubters and reignite his career. May have too much on his mind, but this may be the perfect escape. Wind might be against him.

Good week: Ernie Els has the most top-10 finishes in Opens in the last 10 years, but despite being back in form this season with two victories and going close at the US Open I just can't quite see him adding to his major tally.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Ernie Els in this kind of weather? I take it all these journos were sheltering in the same pub.

    My winner - Lee Westwood solid swing and a low centre of gravity, that and an ability to cope with foul weather should hopefully see him through.

    Good Week: Well as the man said to his mother in law all things are relative. So I am going for Sandy Lyle. Don't actually expect him to even get close but would not be surprised if he made the cut. For him that would be a good week. In his day the supreme bad weather player and has always managed to trundle round the old girl in a reasonably competent manner.

  • Comment number 2.

    Poulter to win - Woods to miss the cut and Wood to have a good week.

  • Comment number 3.

    @1 An injured player to beat the field?

  • Comment number 4.

    Winner - Harrington
    Good Week - Chris Wood

    Worth a couple of quid e/w Bradley Dredge 200/1 !!

    Big Names to Miss Cut - Paul Casey; Phil Michelson; Garcia; Donald; Rose?

  • Comment number 5.

    @3 Harrington was injured in 08
    Bad wrist wasn't it.

  • Comment number 6.

    @3 To control the ball in the wind you hit it softer. If you're injured you can't hit it too hard. Its a positive advantage. This theory will hold until the first shot is hit.

  • Comment number 7.

    Ernie won at Muirfield in bad conditions & Muirfield is brutal so he has a chance for sure. Woods must not be counted out he has decimated fields here. I think it is wide open but no big shocks in store here this week with a former major winner holding up the claret jug.

  • Comment number 8.

    my winner..
    PHIL MICKLESON/totally ignored by most of the pundits whilst adds to his major haul.
    never mind the past.st andrews suits him whilst hes been getting tips from st andrews greatest ever champion 'nick faldo'.

    good week..
    TOM WATSON/after last year only a fool would write him off again.i believe he will post a top 10 finish

  • Comment number 9.

    Would love to see Lee Westwood competing to win but his latest injury rules him out of contention, I fear. Phil Mickleson has World No. 1 in his sights and I reckon we'll see his A-game. Outside bets; Ian Poulter or Justin Rose.

  • Comment number 10.

    i dont think any of these guys are taking into account the abysmal weather.
    in my oppinion mark calcalvecchia cannot be discounted for a top 10. he has made the most putts from 25 ft or more on the pga tour this season. G

    Great value too ranging from 400/1 to 1000/1

  • Comment number 11.

    @1. Sandy Lyle disgraced himself when the weather got bad in 08 by walking off the course, they reckon it cost him Ryder captaincy.

  • Comment number 12.

    Geoff Ogilvy at 80/1. Got £10 each way riding on him but have promised the wife the winnings. He's spent the last two weeks playing links golf all over Scotland getting ready for this.

    And as an accumulator, me to break 80 there in two weeks time when I play the Old Course again!

  • Comment number 13.

    Laurie canter to win and a good week for tiger woods

  • Comment number 14.

    Ernie Els to win it. Such a steady and consistent player. Is game suits ST Angrews with his decent drives, high fairway percentages and solid putting.

    I'd have Thomas Bjorn to have a good week. For the 5 years he's been in decline. But came back to form to blitz the Portugal open field by 5 shots last week, showing that he still retains some of his old ability. As a great record in the open with two seconds and two other top ten finishes. Could be good value at 150/1.

  • Comment number 15.

    6/1 Tiger Woods a bit too skinny, but wont be far way I am sure!

    Main: Martin Kaymer has finished in the top 5 and top 10 the couple times he has played at St Andrews and scoring average of 69.50 I think he is a major player in the making and 45/1 is great value!

    Good Week: Small interest on Vijay Singh, ok not the player he was, but 24 rounds at St Andrews in the past scoring average of 69.42, 2 top 5 finishes and 3 top 20 finishes...100/1 seems good and top 10 bet could be value!

  • Comment number 16.

    I fancy Ernie Els to win it hes long overdue another major success. KJ Choi is my bet for a good week. Best hope for a European win lie with Mcilroy and Rose but I wouldnt be surprised to see Garcia do it to add to the Spanish sporting success recently.

  • Comment number 17.

    @11 JPKinBelfast

    I don't think Sandy Lyle disgraced himself by walking off at Birkdale.... what he was was naive. He didn't make up an excuse like most of the pros would have.

  • Comment number 18.

    If Ernie Els doesn't win this year I'll eat my hat.

    He just looks so relaxed.

  • Comment number 19.

    anglo saxons only? give me a break.....

  • Comment number 20.

    "19. At 6:23pm on 14 Jul 2010, sandro wrote:
    anglo saxons only? give me a break....."

    You called?

    Is Tiger Anglo-Saxon?

  • Comment number 21.

    My outside bets:

    Alvaro Quiros
    Chris Wood
    John Daly (only kidding)
    One of the Molinari brothers

  • Comment number 22.

    Not a huge variety of names thrown in the hat there and obvious (but not unexpected) bias from some of them - and I don't even know what the WSJ chick was smoking to come up with her comments on Westwood and Moore.

    The weather should open things up though.....

  • Comment number 23.

    I got in early on Monday morning on Stephen Gallacher, EW at 200/1 and on the nose at 250s. He's not that price any more, so I'm glad I took up their ridiculous offers. He's been in great form for the last couple of months and he shot the joint lowest final round last Sunday in the bad weather at Loch Lomond. The forecast for the next few days isn't looking good, but as a hardy Scot, he should be used to it. And he's already won there.

    Clarke/Lawrie/Lowry are other good "bad weather players", in fact most of the GB&I players should be. The weather might give us even greater hope of another home winner.

  • Comment number 24.

    Americans (or Irishmen) generally win the British Open/majors in general so I would lean towards that occurring once again. Poulter, Westwood etc. generally suffer from the same pressure and media hype that plague the English football team and Andy Murray every major tournament. However there is always a first time for everything so it should be an exciting four days at one of the most iconic courses in the world.

  • Comment number 25.

    Who will win? My mind tells me Ernie Els or Tiger Woods but my heart wants Colin Montgomerie to win. Come on Monty!!

  • Comment number 26.

  • Comment number 27.

    Current 'names ' at big odds : Jimenez 125/1, Cabrera 100/1,Harrington 25/1 , Mongomerie 200/1 - some high street bookies ( under the sea pink stuff ?) are offering one third of the odds for each way places as well... looks like the weather may be the winner though..

  • Comment number 28.

    I wonder if being "drawn" with Mickelson will help or hinder Monty. If he was drawn with lets say Ricky Barnes instead of Mickelson, it would have just been another group out on the course, but there's going to be a big crowd following them and being Scotland, there's going to be a lot of sentimental support following him, even if there's very little belief that he'll acheive something.

    I think Justin Rose will be the flop. Whether that's a missed cut, I don't know, but I think he won't do as well as many expect or hope.

  • Comment number 29.

    St Andrews now favours the longer hitter even more. So Quiros is not a bad shout. But then again St Andrews always comes up with a legendary winner. Don't know why, but Phil needs this one to be that legend and be one of the biggest name in golf ever. Harrington probably knows the course as good as anyone.
    Still, what i saw last week from the Molinari brothers and what they have done this year I think both of them are a pretty good bets.
    And the one that is hardly mentioned here is Poulter. And if he wears the right trousers even the Scots will support him.

  • Comment number 30.

    Im not a big golf fan but I really do enjoy watching the Open, last year was brilliant to watch and I get really excited about this upcoming event.

    Tiger Woods favourite again like last year, but last year he didn't even make the final cut and I think that may happen again from tomorrow onwards. He had a stinker at Turnberry, and now with an even harder year on and off the golf course I think he will fail again.

    Westwood will be up there I think, hopefully Rose and McIlroy will be aswell, but Jimenez started pretty decent at Turnberry last year a experienced golfer who is 100% in with a shot.

  • Comment number 31.

    Stuck a few quid on Stephen Gallacher at 150/1 also think that Francesco Molinari will go well at 75/1.

    McIlroy, Harrington will be there or thereabouts given there ball striking ability ans I fancy Garcia to give ma a run for my money at 80/1. He's not been playing well but he's a good ball striker and although he's prone to miss a few putts, his lag/touch putting is very good which will be needed this week.

  • Comment number 32.

    JIM FURYK is your winner,2 wins on the PGA TOUR this year,7th on tour in fairways hit,12th in scrambling and 11th in bogey avoidance.40/1 seems like a good price to me for such a very good grinder.Neat n Tidy but not very long off the tee, we,ll see come tomorrow players better get off to a fast start,post a score,or will be going home early.

  • Comment number 33.

    I love Vijays chances given his tee off times, 130s on betfair stands out as value and 25s for a top 5 finish.
    The wind will get up Friday afternoon so anyone still on the course at 3pm will struggle so I have to like his 7.25am tee time.
    I also think Ernie has everything needed to win another Open, but that 1.53pm Friday tee time worries me, word is those teeing off after midday Friday are likely to be 3-4 shots worse off than those in the morning.
    Another intriguing Open that's for sure

  • Comment number 34.

    Just going to throw one out there, but Stewart Cink to retain his crown. The tall American was perhaps unpopular in victory 12 months ago - but i see very little reason why he couldn't be there or thereabouts again come Sunday afternoon.

    Other than that, i see a good week for wiley veteran Retief 'The Goose' Goosen. Also Ryo Ishikawa to impress.

  • Comment number 35.

    I can't believe there has been no mention of Tim Clark! I think at 80/1 is an absolute steal for a player with a great all round game and who can putt with the best of them if on his game.

  • Comment number 36.

    Regarding the BBC Television coverage of The Open. I do so hope that it will NOT turn into The Tiger Woods Show. Idolatry is all very well, but not from TV commentators and about someone who has let "the side down". Whilst I accept that Woods is a good player, I do not want too listen the innate ramblings of awe coming from certain mouths. There are other better golfers taking part: who wont look as if they are about too cry having made a poor shot!!. Lets hope the BBC does not ignore them.

  • Comment number 37.

    Stephen Gallagher fans have to be a bit wary yes has won here, but also has 6 missed cuts....

    On a experience angle of playing the course in the past 10 years...

    Padrig Harrington 39 rounds scoring average 69.46
    Ernie Els 38 rounds scoring average 69.53

    Those two players that have played over 30 rounds in the past 10 years have broken 70...pretty impressive

  • Comment number 38.

    Only one or two people mention what I understand to be a critical factor this week, i.e. the advantage of long driving at St Andrews relative to any other Open venue. This would narrow it down significantly.
    Although I find him boring to watch, Goosen ticks all my boxes at 50/1, Rose seems to have a magic about him that ensures he peaks at majors and has a great chance though at a skinny price.

    The American Jeff Overton hits a long ball and is my big outsider.

    Interesting that with the Europeans looking more dominant than ever before, and Els, Goosen and others lurking, you could find the "Top American" coming in 5th or 6th overall which might give you a decent fall-back bet if you fancy one of them as I do.

  • Comment number 39.

    It is all total guesswork. It depends entirely who is hot at the moment plus a bit of luck. There must be at least 30 players with a realistic chance and if you consider how close Tom Watson got last year you can just about extend it almost the whole field. If his game is back to normal then Tiger Woods would be the favourite.

  • Comment number 40.

    here we go,best week of the year, no doubt
    jim furyk £20 e/w 50-1 won couple of times this year
    darren clarke £10 e/w 80-1 playing well
    shane lowry £10 e/w 125-1 won irish open on links in terrible weather coming into bit of form
    rory m £30 win 16-1 never shot wors than 69 round the old course
    SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!

  • Comment number 41.

    @17

    Sandy Lyle did disgrace himself by walking off, im pretty sure he made excuses as well: He couldnt keep warm, his hands were wet and he couldnt see in the rain.

    Winner: Poulter
    Good week: Chris Wood

  • Comment number 42.

    Dan Walker is as poor a golf presenter as Gary L. Tell him how to pronounce Villegas properly or stick with football. Cant see him lasting at golf if he does not improve.

  • Comment number 43.

    Mickleson's just come off the back of an awful tournament, shot like an 81 wherever it was, Rose looks in good form but with the weather as it is who knows what could/will happen.

    Winner - Mcilroy (mainly because I've got £10 on him at 15/1)
    Good Week - Luke Donald, had some good results recently, could do well.

  • Comment number 44.


    Form players are always key going into a major in difficult conditions, so Rose at 22-1 has been backed.

    Also the current World number 4, who shot a 62 last week and won is outstanding odds, Stricker at 40-1.

    Mickleson may have been off his game a touch in the past month or 2, but class always shines through. Knows how to win, and has the added incentive of becoming world number 1 at the home of golf. 20-1 backed!

    A small punt on a longshot - Rhys Davies at 160-1. The guy has bottle, has shown he can win on the European Tour this year, and there are few better putters out there which is key on Old St A!

    Can't believe so many pundits have avoided these last 3!

    To those who mentioned Sandy Lyle - the men in white coats are on their way ......................

  • Comment number 45.

    I'm sorry if this offends anyone but Peter Alliss has offended me to be honest:

    "There's still life in Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen to do well and it will be interesting to see how the younger group of British players gets on - McIlroy, Poulter, Casey, Rose, Rhys Davies."

    Rory McIlroy is from Northern Ireland, that is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, it is NOT part of Britain. I saw the same mistake made about Martin O Neill on this website recently and think its very bad reporting to be claiming these guys as British. There is a difference between the UK(Includes Northern Ireland) and Britain(Just England, Scotland and Wales). I don't mean to be dragging all this up again but it just gets under my skin when this happens, the same used to happen with Eddie Irvine in the F1.

  • Comment number 46.

    Why is the BBC showing every shot played by Tiger Woods..? In the meantime, John Daly is leading and building a good score, with minimal coverage..!

    Please don't be so biased BBC..!

  • Comment number 47.

    Thankfully, Tiger Woods is now finished..! Perhaps the BBC will now cover some of the other players taking part.

  • Comment number 48.

    @47, Because he is still number one in the world and the world wants to see him play. I am sure John Daly would get the same coverage if he had the profile and pedigree of TW, but unfortunately he doesn't. So sit back, relax, restrain your bias views, and watch the best player ever to play golf do his thing.

    And please people stop judging him, neither of us is remotrely qualified to judge him, not even the priests considering recent revelations.

    Tiger to win! he is simply the best of the lot.

  • Comment number 49.

    Don't care much for the opinions of pundits - they are as good or bad at predictions as the rest of us!

  • Comment number 50.

    It would be nice if the BBC commentators could learn to pronounce players' names properly.

    Jimenez pronounced Gym-enez by both commentators really set my teeth on edge.

  • Comment number 51.

    Badger55 re being British and from Northern Ireland - I'm not offended, but a little patronised by your semantic pedantry. As you point out the country is called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (although you could have included the Isle of Man and Channel Islands while you were at it), but no one would welcome being called United Kingdomish or United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Irelandish. British is shorthand in the same way that 'Dutch' is used by BBC commentators to describe people from the Netherlands. If a journalist says "Mary Peters won gold for the British Olympic team in 1972" we know what they mean in plain English without their tying themselves up in ridiculous knots. McIlroy to win (for Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and North Down).

  • Comment number 52.

    badger55 i can't quite understand your comment "i don't mean to be dragging all this up again" as far as i can see you do mean to. Don't you?

    If you do however insist on nitpicking on nationality grey areas then please please please get your facts right. You're exactly right in saying that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and not Britain. You are however completely and utterly incorrect in saying that people from Northern Ireland can't or shouldn't be classed as British. Assuming you are a British passport holder look closely at the photograph page of your passport and read carefully what it says under the Nationality section... yes that's right "British Citizen".

    Northern Irish people can hold either a European Union Irish Passport or an European Union United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Passport therefore classing them as either an Irish citizen or British citizen.

    So badger55 it seems you're wrong on this occasion, you'll have to find something else to get under your skin from now on!

    Hopefully all those years of Irvine in F1, O'Neil in the premiership and more recently McIlroy on the European / PGA Tour haven't taken their toll and you have some skin left.

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