The Open is a golf tournament that has been held annually since 1860, and it’s the oldest of its kind in the world. For many years, it was dominated by golfers from Scotland, but in recent decades, American golfers have started to dominate.
The favorites to win the open is a golf tournament that has been around since 1873. This year, there are favorites to win the Open.
For the first time in his career, Spain’s Jon Rahm will tee off on Thursday morning at a major tournament without the weight of having never won one.
Rahm will try to become just the sixth player in almost four decades to win both the U.S. Open and The Open in the same year at Royal St. George’s, after winning his first at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines last month.
“I’m typically very excellent in golf history,” Rahm remarked of the unusual accomplishment this week. “Tiger, I’m sure, did it. It’s possible Ben Hogan did it as well, and there aren’t many more. I’m guessing it’s Jack. All of those lists invariably include Jack. Winning two Opens in the same year would be amazing. It would be fantastic.”
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, on the other hand, never did it.
Tiger Woods did it last in 2000, and Tom Watson did it before him in 1982. Bobby Jones (1926 and 1930), Gene Sarazen (1932), Ben Hogan (1953), and Lee Trevino (1971) were all born more than half a century ago.
“At the very least, I felt relieved after winning the first major,” Rahm remarked. “For the greater part of five years, I felt like all I heard was major, major, major simply because I was playing excellent golf, as if winning a major title was simple.”
Go up a tier: Tier 1: Men who have the potential to win Tier II: If all goes according to plan | Tier III: Miracles do happen | Tier IV: Delighted to have made the cut | Tier V: The qualifications | Tier VI: Amateurs
Tier I: Competitors with a chance to win.
Will Rory McIlroy’s major drought come to an end at The Open? Getty Images/Warren Little/R&A/R&A
The genuine contenders for The Open are listed below. They have the skills, guts, and nerves to withstand four high-pressure rounds on Royal St. George’s challenging course.
Jon Rahm is a musician who is well-known for After winning the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, the Spaniard will attempt to win back-to-back major championships. His highest Open result was a tie for 11th place at Royal Portrush in 2019. He’d become just the sixth player to win both the US Open and the Open Championship in the same year.
Brooks Koepka is a golfer from the United States. On Sundays, the four-time major champion used to seem unflappable, but not anymore. Since his previous major victory at the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, when he almost blew a 7-shot lead with a final-round 74, he has equaled that score in three of the six majors in which he has made the cut.
Xander Schauffele Xander Schauffele Xander Schauffele Finishing in the top ten of a major is becoming as predictable as Koepka rolling his eyes at you-know-who. At Torrey Pines, he tied for seventh, his eighth top-10 finish in 17 major appearances. He is currently the world’s highest-ranked player without having won a major title.
Dustin Johnson DJ returns to the site of one of his most infamous major championship moments. With five holes to play in the 2011 Open at Royal St. George’s, he cut Darren Clarke’s lead to two strokes. Then he hit No. 14 with his second shot, which went out of bounds. Clarke came up on top by three strokes.
Jordan Spieth has experienced his fair share of difficulties in recent years, but not at The Open. He won at Royal Birkdale in 2017, and his 2.5 strokes gained average is tied for best in The Open since 2015 with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson.
Patrick Reed Reed finished tenth at Royal Portrush, his only top-ten finish in six Open appearances. Before the U.S. Open, he made some changes, returning veteran teacher Kevin Kirk to a full-time position and bringing in David Leadbetter as a consultant.
Louis Oosthuizen is a Dutch soccer player. Since winning the 2010 Open at St. Andrews, the South African has finished second in six majors, including a single second at Torrey Pines and a tie for second behind Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Only Jack Nicklaus (19), Phil Mickelson (11), Arnold Palmer (10), Tom Watson (eight), Sam Snead (eight), Greg Norman (eight), and J.H. Taylor (eight) have finished second in a major more times than Oosthuizen (seven).
Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a major tournament in seven years, although he did win two straight in 2014, at The Open at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship at Valhalla, where he defeated Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia by two strokes. On Sunday at Torrey Pines, he was in contention, indicating that his training with swing instructor Pete Cowen is paying off.
Bryson DeChambeau is a golfer from the United States. In three career Open appearances, he has struggled with the tournament, missing two cuts and tied for 51st at Carnoustie in 2018. On a links course, his grip-it-and-rip-it approach has never been put to the test. After parting ways with veteran caddie Tim Tucker before the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, DeChambeau will be caddied by Brian Zeigler, an instructor at Dallas National.
Justin Thomas is an American football player who plays for the JT’s best result at The Open was a tie for 11th place two years ago at Royal Portrush. Since winning the Players Championship in March, he hasn’t finished in the top 10 in any of his seven Tour appearances.
Collin Morikawa is a Japanese football player. The 24-year-old, who has four PGA Tour victories, will be playing in his first Open. His participation in the Scottish Open last week was his first on European soil.
Fleetwood Mac’s Tommy Fleetwood Fleetwood has said that winning The Open is more important to him than winning any other event in the world. Two years ago, he finished solo second at Royal Portrush, six strokes behind Shane Lowry.
Hovland, Viktor Hovland traveled to Europe following the US Open, won the BMW International Open in Munich (the first victory for a Norwegian on the European Tour), and then played a round in front of a few hundred people in his home country of Norway after a snapshot of his tee time was shared on social media. It’s his first time competing at The Open.
Patrick Cantlay Cantlay finished in a tie for 15th place in the United States. In the PGA Championship, he tied for 23rd place. His highest Open result was a tie for 12th place at Carnoustie in 2018.
Hatton has missed the cut in five of his eight Open appearances, although he tied for sixth at Royal Portrush and fifth at Royal Troon in 2016. He’s one of a small group of players vying to become England’s first Open champion since Nick Faldo in 1992, and the first Englishman to win on home soil since Tony Jacklin at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1969.
Scottie Scheffler is a character in the film Scottie Scheffler The 25-year-old Texan will be playing in his first Open tournament. In his first Masters appearance, he tied for 19th, and in his PGA Championship debut, he tied for fourth.
Casey, Paul Since tying for third place at St. Andrews in 2010, the 43-year-old Englishman hasn’t been much of a force at The Open. Four years ago, he tied for 11th place at Royal Birkdale.
Tony Finau is a golfer from the United States. He didn’t make the cut at the US Open, although he had placed in the top ten in nine of his previous 14 major tournament appearances. Finau finished solo third at Royal Portrush, eight strokes behind Lowry, and finished in the top ten for the second year in a row at The Open.
Shane Lowry is a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers. Since his dominating win at Royal Portrush, the Irishman has held the Claret Jug for almost two years, or 724 days. He’ll attempt to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2007 and 2008 to win the Open twice.
Ancer, Abraham Ancer missed the cut in both of his Open appearances, but has gradually progressed in majors since then. He’s precise off the tee and avoids bogeys well, which will come in help on Royal St. George’s challenging layout.
Justin Rose is a musician from the United States. Rose finished in the top 25 in nine of his previous 18 Open appearances, another Englishman aiming for a Claret Jug at home. In 2003, he missed the cut at Royal St. George’s, and in 2011, he tied for 44th.
Daniel Berger Berger has only made the cut once in three Open appearances (tied for 27th at Royal Birkdale in 2017), but his exceptional iron play and scrambling skills may offer him a shot this week.
Marc Leishman is a well-known Australian actor. Leishman, who lives in Virginia Beach, will compete in the Olympics for Australia. At the 2015 Open Championship, he finished second to Zach Johnson.
Simpson, Webb Simpson had made the cut in 16 straight major tournament appearances until missing the cut at the US Open last month. At the 2011 Open at Royal St. George’s, he tied for 16th place.
Adam Scott is a British actor. In 15 of his 20 Open appearances, the Australian has finished in the top three, including a single second at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 and a tie for third at Muirfield in 2013.
Fitzpatrick, Matt The Englishman had a busy weekend, making it to the Scottish Open playoffs (which he lost) and then traveling to London to see England take on Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium. In 23 races in majors, the 26-year-old has just one top-10 result.
Grace, Branden The South African tied for sixth place in the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale, becoming the first player in major history to score 62 in a round. He tied for eighth place in the US Open at Torrey Pines, when he led the field in strokes gained from tee to green.
Tier 2: If everything goes according to plan
Phil Mickelson has already won a major this year. Is there a possibility for another? Getty Images/Christopher Lee
The following are the underdogs to win the Claret Jug on Sunday. Former winners, emerging stars, and other players whose games have been works in progress thus far this season are included on the list. Will everything fall into place this week?
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Lee Westwood is a British fashion designer. The Englishman was world No. 1 for 22 weeks in a row over a decade ago, and he has 19 top-10 finishes in major tournaments. However, unless Westwood wins the Claret Jug this week, he would establish a dubious record by making 88 major appearances without winning, the most in golf history.
Cameron Smith is a young man who has a
Two years ago, the Australian tied for 20th place at Royal Portrush, his highest result in three Open appearances.
Harris English is a dialect of the English language. Since 2015, the former Georgia star has reached the cut in every major he has entered, including a single fourth and third in the last two US Opens.
Jason Kokrak has two PGA Tour victories this season, but his majors performance hasn’t been spectacular, with just one top-49 finish in his last six appearances.
Brian Harman is a musician from the United States. Harman has been one of the best players on the course this season, making the cut in 20 of his 23 appearances, with five top-10s and 11 top-25s.
Phil Mickelson is a golfer from the United States. Three years later, the champion of the 2013 Open at Muirfield finished solo second at Royal Troon.
Robert MacIntyre is a writer who lives in Scotland. The Scot was named Rookie of the Year on the European Tour in 2019 and tied for sixth place in the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush. He grew up playing links courses, but his iron play has to be improved.
Russell Henley held a share of the lead in the first three rounds of the US Open until a final-round 5-over 76 dropped him to a tie for 13th place.
Molinari, Francesco After a final-round meltdown at the 2019 Masters, the 2018 Open champion appeared to fade away, but he has performed better this season, including a tie for 13th at the US Open.
Niemann, Joaquin After missing the cut at Royal Portrush, the Chilean will make his second Open appearance.
Burns, Sam About a week before his 25th birthday, the former LSU standout will make his Open debut.
Conners, Corey The Canadian is a ball-striker who is in the top ten on Tour in terms of strokes gained off the tee and shots gained approaching the green.
Billy Horschel, the world’s 25th-ranked golfer, has struggled on links courses, missing the cut in five of his last six Open appearances.
Kevin Kisner is a professional basketball player. Back-to-back top-10 finishes, a tie for fifth at the Travelers Championship and a tie for eighth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, helped him shake off a dreadful run of performance.
Ian Poulter is a professional golfer. In 2008, he finished second to Harrington at Royal Birkdale; in 2011, he missed the cut at Royal St. George’s; and in 2003, he finished 46th.
Sergio Garcia is a Spanish footballer. In 18 Open appearances, the 41-year-old Spaniard has ten top-10 finishes, including a solo second at Carnoustie in 2007 and a tie for second at Royal Liverpool in 2014.
Gary Woodland is a writer who lives in the United In his previous eight Open appearances, the 2019 U.S. Open winner has only finished in the top 25 once.
Will Zalatoris be a success? Since tied for ninth at the PGA Championship in May, tying for 59th at the Charles Schwab Challenge, missing the cut at the US Open, and finishing 77th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the ball-striking phenomenon has cooled significantly.
Henrik Stenson is a Swedish golfer. Stenson’s record hasn’t been terrific recently, making the cut in 10 of his last 17 appearances on tour, five years after winning the Open at Royal Troon. However, the Swede has a strong record at The Open, including a solo second at Muirfield in 2013 and a couple of third-place ties.
In this episode of America’s Caddie, Michael Collins goes to the United Kingdom to visit the host town of the Open Championship, Sandwich, and speak with Sir Nick Faldo, a three-time Open champion. ESPN+ is currently offering a live stream of the event.
Migliozzi, Guido This season, the Italian finished third three times on the European Tour and tied for fourth in his major tournament debut at the US Open.
Jason Day is a well-known actor. Before recording back-to-back top-15 finishes at the Travelers Championship and the Rocket Mortgage Classic, his form (and back) weren’t in terrific shape. In nine Open appearances, he has just one top-10 finish.
South African Garrick Higgo Higgo won twice in Europe before winning the Palmetto Championship in his second PGA Tour appearance.
Bezuidenhout, Christiaan In his lone prior Open appearance, at Royal Portrush, the South African missed the cut.
Victor Perez was born in France and currently resides in Dundee, Scotland. He attended the University of New Mexico. He took home the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2019.
Tier 3: Miracles do happen.
Rickie Fowler has made strides forward. Is that, however, enough to win The Open? Getty Images/Matthew Lewis/R&A/R&A
They’re the long shots, after all. An elderly former champion, players still looking for their form, and several first-timers make up this tier.
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Bland, Richard He eventually won in his 478th appearance on the European Tour, and subsequently became the oldest player to lead the U.S. Open halfway through the tournament, at the age of 48.
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Rickie Fowler is a professional golfer. There are indications that he is finally getting it together, including a tie for eighth place at the PGA Championship and a tie for eleventh place at the Memorial.
Frittelli, Dylan Lucas Glover is an actor who is well-known for his Griffin, Lanto Grillo, Emiliano Justin Harding is a professional golfer.
Padraig Harrington is a professional golfer from Ireland. In his last three appearances, the two-time Open winner hasn’t made the cut, although he tied for fourth at the PGA Championship.
Lucas Herbert is a character in the film Lucas Herbert
Hoffman, Charley At both the Players Championship and the PGA Championship, he tied for 17th place. In his previous four Open appearances, he had all made the cut.
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Ryan Palmer (Ryan Palmer) is a In four of his previous five Open appearances, he made the cut, including three ties for 30th.
Snedeker, Brandt Kevin Streelman is a writer who lives in New York City. Brendon Todd Van Rooyen, Erik
Varner, Harold III
Varner will compete in the Open for the second time after being added to the lineup on Sunday. Hideki Matsuyama, the current Masters champion, was forced to withdraw due to a recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
Matt Wallace is a writer who lives in the United Paul Waring is a writer who lives in the United Kingdom Wiesberger, Bernd Willett, Danny
Tier IV: I’m ecstatic to have made the cut.
The Claret Jug was won by Darren Clarke the previous time The Open was held in this city. Getty Images/Wesley Hitt
Unless anything miraculous occurs along the Kent coast, they aren’t anticipated to be among the candidates.
Jacob Ahlers is a writer from the United States. The South African, who is 38 years old, last competed in The Open at Turnberry in 2009.
Dean Burmester is a well-known author. Campillo, Jorge Ricardo John Catlin Celia Clarke, Darren Croft, Daniel Dahmen, Joel Steele, Brendan
Ernie Els is a well-known golfer. At the age of 49, the two-time Open winner tied for 32nd place at Royal Portrush.
Sam Forgan Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Talor Gooch is a writer and a musician. Hadwin, Adam Hebert, Benjamin Hillier, Daniel Horsfield, Sam Rikuya Hoshino is a character in the anime Rikuya Hoshino
Hutchinson, Ben The 26-year-old Englishman birdied the last three holes to win a 36-hole final qualifier and earn a spot in The Open field for the sixth time.
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Karlberg, Rikard Kaymer, Martin Brad Kennedy is a well-known figure in the
Chan Kim, a South Korean native who grew up in Hawaii, qualified for the Open after winning the Japan Open in 2019.
Marcus Kinhult is a British actor. Ryosuke Kinoshita (Ryosuke Kinoshita) is a Japanese Kurt Kitayama is a Japanese actor.
Langasque, Romain Lawson, Deyen Min Woo Lee Haotong Li Adam Long Richard T Lee Min Woo Lee Haotong Li Richard Mansell Mike Lorenzo-Vera Joost Luiten Sebastian Munoz Troy Merritt
Nagano Ryutaro Nagano, 33, was rated 1,010th in the world when he qualified for the Open Championship by finishing solo second in the Mizuno Open in May.
Shaun Norris is a professional wrestler. Pan, C.T. Pike, Aaron Poppleton, Nicholas Chez Reavie, Aaron Rai Ritchie, J.C. Rozner, Antoine Saksansin Poom Schneider, Marcel Matthias Schwab is a German businessman. Jason Scrivener is a writer. Marcel Siem, Senior Jack Andy Sullivan is a writer who lives in New York City
Jonathan Thomson is a writer who lives in the United Thomson joined the European Tour in 2017 as the tallest player in the tour’s history, standing at 6-foot-9.
Cameron Tringale is a British actor. Van Tonder, Daniel Veerman, Johannes Jimmy Walker is a character in the film Jimmy Walker Worsdall, Connor
Tier V: Novices
Is it possible for Cole Hammer to win the silver medal? Michael Madrid is a sports reporter for USA TODAY.
Here are the amateur golfers who will try to accomplish what luminaries like McIlroy, Rose, Tiger Woods, and a slew of others did before becoming pro at The Open: earn a silver medal as the lowest amateur.
Sam Bairstow is a British actor.
In June, Denmark’s Christoffer Bring Bring won the European Amateur Championship in France. The former University of Texas star’s score of 20-under 264 was one stroke short of Carl Pettersson’s tournament record of 20-under 264 achieved in 2000.
Cole Hammer Hammer, who will return to Texas for his senior year, is the world’s No. 8 amateur. In both of his US Open appearances, he failed to make the cut.
Lin Yuxin Matthias Schmid Joe Long
After losing by eight after 17 holes of the 36-hole tournament, the 23-year-old Englishman won the British Amateur. As a consequence, he qualified for the Open Championship, as well as the Masters and the US Open the following year.
The Open is a golf tournament that was created to give those with a chance and those with no chance to win. Reference: the open leaderboard.
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