It’s time my friends, for The Open Championship. The third of the year’s four majors offers a stout test, requiring players to be able to play in harsh winds. This year’s Open Championship (also known as the British Open) is being played at Royal St. Goerge’s, where Ben Curtis captured the Claret Jug in 2003. Now that you know the course, lets take a look at top ten players going into the Open.
1. Rory McIlroy – Although he has just three career wins, the young McIlroy has already shown he can perform at the Major level, with a U.S. Championship and four other Major top tens under his belt. He has also held the lead at the end of 7 of the last 8 Major Championship Rounds.
2. Luke Donald – The world #1 comes to Royal St. George’s on the heels of his win at the Scottish Open. He isn’t long off the tee, but his accuracy from the fairway and ability to save par from the sand will make him a force to be reckoned with.
3. Lee Westwood – He can’t seem to end up on top at a Major, but his impressive resume of 2nd and 3rd place finishes shows he’s due for a win. His third place finish at The U.S. Open shows his game is right on track.
4. Steve Stricker – The most likeable man in golf has turned on the charm again this year, and although he’s never been able to win a Major, he definitely has the game to compete on the highest stage.
5. Charl Schwartzel – The current Masters Champion backed up his first Major win with a top ten at the U.S. Open, and although he doesn’t play much on the PGA Tour, his credentials can’t be ignored.
6. K.J. Choi – He’s won once this year at The Players, and he lit it up at The Masters. Choi is certainly capable of winning a Major, and he’s coming off a runner up finish at The AT&T National.
7. Matt Kuchar – At some point, Kooch will stop settling for top tens and get himself into the winner’s circle. He’s far to consistent to not win a major, and his putting prowess makes him a good fit for this tournament.
8. Jason Day – The Young Australian has started his career off with a bang, finishing in the top ten in three of his first four Majors. His second place finishes at The Masters and The U.S. Open are just two of his seven top tens so far this season.
9. Sergio Garcia – Don’t look now, but the former prodigy is 7 for 8 on cuts made this year, and coming off a top ten finish at The U.S. Open. With six British open top ten finishes in his up-and-down career, Sergio knows how to play this tournament, and seems to have found his putting stroke this year.
10. Mike Weir – He’s a good man.