After the excitement of the Euros, golf is now back in centre stage as the world’s best players head to Royal Troon for the Open Championship. Names such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day will all be on people’s lips, but which of the other players in the field could have a chance of taking the crown at the only major held outside the USA?
The obvious man to mention is Dustin Johnson, who recently won his first ever major by taking down the US Open. What’s more, he has come close to winning this title before. His big hitting game could suit the course. Now he has won a major title, he should have the confidence and belief needed to go on and win more.
Adam Scott is one of the best players around when it comes to links golf and has to be considered a major contender at this year’s Open. He has won a major title before, however that came all the way back in 2013. He’s putting a lot of effort into this tournament, as he realises that it’s his best chance of adding a second major to his collection, which is why he arrived early to get in extra practice on the course.
Garcia is tipped to do well in nearly every major tournament, mainly because the entire golfing community wants him to finally win one of golf’s biggest prizes. Unbelievably he’s finished in the top ten at major championships 21 times in his career, and the Open is always a tournament he thrives at. The fact that he recently won his first tournament for four years should help to boost his confidence.
Lowry certainly isn’t a consistent player, but his run at the US Open last month showed that he has the ability to mix it at the top of a major leaderboard. His preparation hasn’t been great, after missing the cut at the Scottish Open, however it has given him extra time to get used to the course at Royal Troon. Definitely a good each-way bet.
Like Sergio Garcia, Westwood is one of golf’s nearly men at the majors. He’s played at Royal Troon twice before, and both times has managed to finish in the top ten. Time is running out for him though, although older players have done well before at the Open. Like Shane Lowry, he could be a very good each-way bet.