Take a look at some of our ones to watch at this week’s Open Championship….
Dustin Johnson:- The American managed to put aside any major demons when he captured the US Open last month and he has already added to his success since then with a win at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Though Johnson has not been in serious contention for the claret jug since his meltdown in 2011, the soft conditions at Troon will likely suit his long-hitting game.
Rory McIlroy:- It’s easy to forget Rory missed out on the Open Championship last year due to injury, so this will be his first outing since lifting the trophy at Royal Liverpool two years ago. Despite some struggles on the greens this year Rory has carefully managed his schedule in the run up to The Open which seems to be working with a third placed finish at the recent French Open.
Jason Day:- The current world number one will be looking to improve on his first top 5 Open finish last year. Though he has posted some mixed results of late, most notably where he was expected to run away with the WGC Bridgestone title but lost out to Dustin Johnson, he boasts two top ten major finishes this year so cannot be overlooked.
Sergio Garcia:- Could it finally be Garcia’s time to claim his first major title? He came close again at the recent US Open before 3 consecutive back-nine bogeys saw his chances fade. There are still question marks around his putting, especially coming down the stretch but if he can harness the support from the crowds this could well be the first time we see Sergio over the line in a major.
Branden Grace:- Grace has emerged as a major player in recent years. His performances have seen him catapult into the top 10 of the world rankings, now the highest ranked South African golfer. He has struggled to get to grips with links golf in the past, but will be full of confidence following his recent top 5 finish at the US Open.
Martin Kaymer:- 2-time major champion Kaymer looks to have found some of the form that saw become world number 1 for a time. His recent finishes have seen him trending in the right direction and in amongst strong winds and testing conditions, his patience could well see him post another top finish this week.
Nicolas Colsaerts:- Having just finished in a tie for 3rd at the Scottish Open, Colsaerts could well make a similar surge up the leaderboard this week. The Belgian has added consistency to his game this year, which has seen him amass over half a million euros in prize money. His long, high-ball hitting game could be well suited to this week’s receptive Troon greens.
Emiliano Grillo:- Grillo has made an impressive start to his PGA Tour career with a string of good finishes, including a breakthrough win at the end of last year. He is one of the straightest drivers on tour and has demonstrated his ability on the world stage with a recent 2nd placed finish in Japan. Don’t be surprised if the young Argentinean makes a name for himself this week.
Colin Montgomerie:- The sentimental pick for many but with Montgomerie’s competitive edge well in tact from his play on the Champions Tour, he could spring a surprise or two this week. Montgomerie had to go through qualifying to earn his place, and can expect strong support at a course which holds many memories for him and his family.