The 146th Open Championship during Royal Birkdale presents a opposite plea than many of these golfers face from week to week. Links golf is so extravagantly opposite from a point-and-shoot accumulation on a PGA Tour that infrequently it doesn’t even feel like a same sport.
And yet, a same culprits a PGA Tour produces seem to emerge year after year in row for a Claret Jug. The usually premonition this week is that comparison golfers are distant some-more approaching to contend for this championship than for, say, a PGA Championship or U.S. Open.
With that in mind, let’s demeanour during a 20 many approaching possibilities to win this year’s Open.
1. Jordan Spieth (Best finish — T4 in 2015): He’s not my pick, yet we keep entrance behind to Spieth this week given of how tough he is to tighten out and how good he’s been personification of late. He doesn’t need his best things to win this tournament.
2. Adam Scott (2nd in 2012): Probably not who we approaching to see here, yet Scott has finished in a tip 10 during this contest a absurd 4 times in a final 5 years including his distressing skip during Royal Lytham and St. Annes in 2012. He’s also had a sensitively plain deteriorate in 2017.
3. Rickie Fowler (T2 in 2014): It all adds adult for me with Fowler. The nearby misses. The world-class year so far. The bouts of chosen driving. The peculiarity opening during a Scottish Open. The low round flight. The even temperament. I’m going all in on Fowler removing his initial during Birkdale.
4. Sergio Garcia (2nd in 2007): How good would it be if Garcia won a Masters and a Open in a same year after scarcely dual decades of futility? He’s second to usually Scott in a final 5 years with 3 tip 10s, and they have come in any of a final 3 years. He was lights out for many of a U.S. Open as well.
5. Phil Mickelson (Win in 2013): Wait, Phil Mickelson?! He hasn’t won any contest given he won a Open in 2013, right? That’s right, yet he’s finished in a tip dual twice in 4 years during this contest and has played unequivocally plain golf adult and down this season. Also, he’s violent and awesome.
6. Dustin Johnson (T2 in 2011): I’m usually putting him here out of requirement and because, well, he’s a No. 1 actor in a world. D.J. only hasn’t been a same actor given he came behind from his behind damage during a Masters, yet his talent is so strenuous that we could play any contest anywhere in a universe with any form of clubs and balls and he would approaching be a frontrunner. I’m only blissful him and his caddie and hermit Austin didn’t have to face a Scottish Open math flags final week.
7. Henrik Stenson (Win in 2016): The Big Swede has arrange of lamented not carrying a improved final year and discussed how formidable it has been to concentration with all of his obligations. He pronounced this week is a reset symbol of sorts, and we wouldn’t be astounded to see him contend like he did in both 2013 and 2016. we trust him some-more during this vital than any of a other three. Also, there’s this.
8. Rory McIlroy (Win in 2014): Much like D.J., we feel an requirement to him here given of a pedigree. For as many as we speak about how links golf doesn’t indispensably fit his game, McIlroy has had dual tip fives in a final 3 years during this tournament. He seems like he’s erratic a bit right now, yet he can snap out of that during any moment. Look behind during 2014: He missed a cut during a Irish Open, shot a 78 during a Scottish Open and went on to win 3 loyal events including dual majors. we don’t wish to be on a wrong side of that prediction.
9. Justin Rose (T4 in 1998): Rose’s best finish ever during this contest stays that T4 he had in 1998 as an pledge during Royal Birkdale. we trust Rose’s diversion some-more than most, though, and we consider he has a genuine eventuality to rekindle some of that enchanting week from 1998 in that he scarcely achieved a unthinkable.
10. Marc Leishman (T2 in 2015): The large diversion hunter! Leishman also has dual tip fives in a final 5 years during this contest and mislaid in a playoff in 2015 to Zach Johnson during St. Andrews. Leishman seems to always cocktail during a large child events, and he’s been inside a tip 35 during each eventuality given he was cut during a Players Championship in May.
11. Tommy Fleetwood (MC): I consider a impulse is substantially going to be a small bit too large for Fleetwood given that he’s perplexing to win in his hometown of Southport. Still, his golf has been vast over a final month. After contending during a U.S. Open, he played good in Germany and Ireland and won a French Open. Zero surprises if he’s a 36- or 54-hole leader.
12. Jon Rahm (T59 in 2016): I’m not feeling it with Rahm this week. Yes, he had a preposterously good tune-up during a Irish Open where he reached 25 underneath (an annoyance to let a Greater Milwaukee Open mangle out during Portstewart!) yet we worry about how a continue will impact him this week. There was so small breeze and sleet in Northern Ireland that he was means to use that high round moody to his advantage. I’m fearful a same will not be loyal during Birkdale.
13. Brooks Koepka (T10 in 2015): We haven’t seen a many new vital leader given his many new vital conquest. If he drives it like he did during Erin Hills, he could legitimately win his second loyal vital this week. At Erin, he strike 49-of-56 fairways (!) off a tee (albeit measureless fairways). we consider a leader during Birkdale this week will have identical numbers.
14. Louis Oosthuizen (Win in 2010): Oosthuizen is such an enigma. He has that win from 2010 and a T2 in 2015 (both during St. Andrews), yet those dual performances are filled out by a garland of MCs, WDs and muted performances. All or zero for a South African, yet his “all” is outrageously good.
15. Hideki Matsuyama (T6 in 2013): I’m feeling a Matsuyama vital some-more during Augusta or a U.S. Open than we am during an Open Championship, yet Matsuyama is another uber-talent that I’m frightened to not pick. The pivotal for him (and many players this week) will be anticipating fairways.
16. Jason Day (T4 in 2015): Day only hasn’t had a year everybody expected. There have been innumerable reasons for that, and he will have a lot of opportunities to get behind on lane down a stretch, yet an Open doesn’t seem like a place for him (and his insanely high round flight) to do it. Only has one tip 20 ever during this tournament.
17. Thomas Pieters (T30 in 2016): It’s so easy to see him winning mixed vital championships, isn’t it? Pieters played good during a French Open yet not during a Irish Open where he missed a cut. He has a prolonged approach to go in terms of regulating his misses and creation certain he plays weekends, yet if he’s on, it could be showtime during Birkdale.
18. Justin Thomas (T53 in 2016): we honour Thomas’ talent too many to leave him off this list, yet it seems like he’s built some-more for PGA Championships or even Augusta. we do like a fact that he’s going to be rocking a tie this week, though.
19. Zach Johnson (Win in 2015): Know who’s tied with Garcia for second many tip 10s in a final 5 years? How about Zach Johnson, who finished T9 in 2012, T6 in 2013, won in 2015 and even finished T12 final season. That competence startle you, yet Zach has been a best “Johnson” during Opens of late.
20. Lee Westwood (2nd in 2010): This is a homer collect some-more than anything given we would adore to see Westwood, during 44, win his initial vital championship. He has 4 tip fives here in his career yet nothing in 3 years. Can a Englishman conjure adult some sorcery in his home country? we wish so.