Expert picks for the 2014 British Open

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The British Open is just hours away and if you're getting some last-minute picks in, here's what I like.

Winner: Sergio Garcia

Just shoot me now. I don't know why I'm picking him but I am. He finished T5 last time this tournament was played at Hoylake. If he goes all yellow again for the final round I'm going to cover the event under protest.

If he ever wins a major, I think this will be it.

Lock for top 10: Adam Scott

Top-three finishes each of the past two years and he finished T8 at this tournament when it was at Hoylake in 2006. He's the toughest out around in majors right now and he has been prepping as long as anybody.

Sleeper: Miguel Angel Jimenez

Jimenez led after 36 holes last year and at 80-1 I like his number for this tournament. He has also been top 15 in each of the past two years at this tournament. Maybe the newly married Spaniard gets it done. Maybe Spain just takes over this tournament?

Give me all of it this year, Miguel.

Low amateur: Bradley Neil

There are only four amateurs in the field so I'm going to go with the dude who thinks he can win it. Maybe he pulls a Justin Rose in 1998 and finishes top five. 

Low American: Rickie Fowler

The only golfer with top fives at the first two majors of the season will become the only golfer with top fives at each of the first three.

Prop you should bet

Tiger Woods to miss the cut (+190). That's a juicy number for a guy who has barely played competitive golf in the past five months. I'm willing to eat my words (and for the sake of this tournament, I hope I do) but I'm all in on Tiger not playing the weekend at +190.

Top 5 picks

1. Garcia
2. Fowler
3. Stenson
4. McDowell
5. Scott

How awesome would that Sunday leaderboard be?

Winning score: 275

In 2006 it was 270 (Tiger) but I think the wind is going to pump a little harder this year than it did back then. You can be sure, though, the winner will be at or around double digits under par on the par 5s.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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