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Monty says only one of four will win Brit Open

Scotland's veteran golfer Colin Montgomerie has said that there are just four players that have the ability to win the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's.

Montgomerie says that one of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Montgomerie's countryman Paul Lawrie will win the third major of the year, and says forget the rest - they don't have what it takes.

"There are three technical systems they've got to have and they need all three to win," said Montgomerie, a man of over 500 professional Tour events.

"There's only a few that fall into every category. One of those four is going to win."

A runner-up at the British Open in 2005, Montgomerie knows what it takes to be among the best in links golf. Not only is it ability but the belief to win. When asked whether American stars like Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan could be in that category, the 49-year-old veteran said he did not think so.

Even the World Number One, England's Luke Donald, has been effectively counted out by Montgomerie, who has taken part in over 500 professional tour events.

"Does he truthfully believe he can win the Open? I would have to say yes - but only just."

Along with the mental game, a potential winner at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's would need to be able to master three disciplines of the game, said Montgomerie.

"They've got to have a safe shot off the tee. Round here especially, because it's very tough.

"Secondly, they have to hit the ball or have the ability to hit the ball low on cue because it's going to be breezy.

"The third is that they are going to have to be very good from three to eight feet.

"In my view Justin Rose falls into that category, Tiger Woods does, Lee Westwood does and Paul Lawrie does."

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