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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
Skipping friendly John Deere indicates Spieth is searching for a major formula. Needs to find green speeds early. Birkdale could punish his sometimes-erratic driving. Only one Open top 10.
2 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm -
▲ 1
Ran away in Ireland. Questions about his rules integrity. Last player from Spain to win the Open, Ballesteros in 1988. MC at the American Open. Talent puts no ceiling on his upside.
3 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▲ 2
Loves this major most of all. One trip through Birkdale was mediocre. Past the Masters distractions and free from major-less run. Four his last five Opens have been top 10s.
4 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▲ 5
Health issues linger. When the real Rory eventually shows up, the field will pay. Birkdale rewards length, punishes lack of judgement on the greens.
5 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▲ 2
No Englishman has ever won the Open at Birkdale. Only five top 10s in 2017. T4 in Ireland. Second at the Masters. MC at Erin Hills.
6 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▼ 4
Has played three tournaments in the last 100 days. Five Open top 20s in eight starts, including distant T9 a year ago. Looking for his first Sunday major round in 2017.
7 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▼ 1
With only four PGA Tour wins, is he the best marketed player in the game rather than best player without a major win? Two top fives on his Open resume including T2 in 2014.
8 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
▲ 2
Showed he has major talent with Sunday run at Erin Hills. Would be the first Asian Open Champion in history. One top 10 there in four trips. MC a year ago.
9 Jason Day Jason Day -
▼ 5
St. Andrews 2015 was his only Open chance – T4. Last two PGA Tour starts were missed cuts. Only two top 10s in 2017. Needs to be on with his driver to set up the rest of his game.
10 Adam Scott Adam Scott -
▲ 5
Good history in Open Championships with four top 10s in last six trips. Probably should have had Claret Jug twice by now. Top 10 at the Masters and the Players. MC at the U.S. Open. One Tour win in nearly last five years.
11 Tommy Fleetwood Tommy Fleetwood -
▼ 11
Hometown favorite in Southport. Flashed at Erin Hills and followed up with a win in France. Like Rose, bucking English hex at Birkdale.
12 Brooks Koepka Brooks Koepka -
▼ 12
Last consecutive Open collector – Tiger Woods in 2001. Won’t have generous fairways at Birkdale to prop up his driving length. Only his third Open start, but has European Tour history to make him comfortable.
13 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas -
▼ 5
Did U.S, Open run restore momentum from early in 2017? First look at Birkdale, second Open appearance.
14 Charl Schwartzel Charl Schwartzel -
▼ 14
A dozen Open starts and only one top 10. Eleven career wins in Europe; two in the U.S. Players rave about his swing but disappoints with final numbers.
15 Paul Casey Paul Casey -
▲ 7
Ditto on the English at Birkdale. Has he forgotten how to win? Finished T7 at Birkdale to Harrington in 2008.
16 Louis Oosthuizen Louis Oosthuizen -
▼ 5
Always gets a past champion greeting on first tee. Missed his chance for a second on the 18th green at St. Andrews in 2015. Has posted a win annually six straight years. Still waiting in 2017.
17 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 1
Put on one of the greatest final-day displays against Mickelson a year ago. No wins in his next 20 starts. Five MCs in his last nine starts including both 2017 majors.
18 Xander Schauffele Xander Schauffele -
▼ 18
Flavor of the month in professional golf with his U.S. Open showing and Greenbrier win. The last Open rookie to win – Ben Curtis in 2003.
19 Daniel Berger Daniel Berger -
▼ 19
Now that he is a multiple Tour winner, is he able to move to major elite level? Ninth major start – one top 10 and three MCs, including one Open.
20 Jason Dufner Jason Dufner -
▼ 3
Will the real Jason Dufner please stand up? MC at Colonial, win at Memorial, MC at Erin Hills. Never cracked the top 20 in Britain. Still difficult to watch from inside five feet.
21 Matthew Fitzpatrick Matthew Fitzpatrick -
▼ 21
Too young to know about Birkdale and players from England. Has added length to his game but may not be a good fit in Southport. Two European Tour wins in just over a year.
22 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▼ 22
Finally showed up on a leaderboard at Erin Hills. It’s easy to lose track of how brief his Tour career has been. Birkdale will be only his 15th major start with zero top 10s.
23 Lee Westwood Lee Westwood -
▼ 23
One of the greatest Open Championship players without a win (Montgomery in the mix). Started 22 times. Four top fives. Runner-up in 2010.
24 Alex Noren Alex Noren -
Most unknown player in the top 10 in the world (9). Starting with last year’s Scottish, has five total wins. One Open top 10. Needs to drive the ball accurately to set up his short-game excellence.
25 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▼ 25
Is last year’s runner-up finish a lift or a burden? First major with Bones talking about him, not with him. Perspective – Tiger Woods last win has been more recent than Phil Mickelson’s.

 

Dan Reardon has covered golf for radio station KMOX in St. Louis for 32 years. In that time, he has covered more than 100 events, including majors and other PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour tournaments. During his broadcast career, Reardon conducted one-on-one interviews with three dozen members of the World Golf of Fame. He has contributed to many publications over the years and co-authored the book Golf’s Greatest Eighteen from Random House. Reardon served as Director of Media relations for LPGA events in both St. Louis and Chicago for 10 years.

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