Gary Player is tipping a European to win The Open this week at Royal Lytham, the course where he triumphed in 1974 - and he hopes it is Lee Westwood.

Americans are trying for a clean sweep of the majors after the successes of Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, but the 76-year-old South African told the Laureus World Sports website he believes a European could triumph.

"If I look at what the weather man is saying this championship, in my opinion, is favouring a European player," he said.

"Anyone can win, so to try and predict winners is very difficult. However, I would love to see Lee Westwood win.

"He's been working hard and came so close that I think it might be his turn.

"A golf course like this is made for him because it's very narrow and he is a straight driver. Luke Donald is another who is always consistent and you don't become world No 1 for nothing."