Wednesday 28 September 2016

Top five likely Open Championship winners

Published 16/07/2015 | 02:30

Rickie Fowler of the U.S. is one to watch at the 144th Open at St Andrew's this week
Rickie Fowler of the U.S. is one to watch at the 144th Open at St Andrew's this week

Who will lift the Claret Jug on Sunday? Here are the most likely.

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1 JORDAN SPIETH

Spieth has two Major Championships already in his grasp and he won the John Deere Classic on Sunday, his putting is in great shape, and mentally he can draw on his experience of Augusta and Chambers Bay when the going gets tough. If he is in contention on Sunday, he will be very hard to stop. Odds: 6/1

2 RICKIE FOWLER

Who knows how much the battling display at Royal County Down in May will serve to help Fowler? He hung tough for a final-round 73 while many others were blown away, and though he missed the cut at the US Open, his Scottish Open win on Sunday attuned him to links golf once again. Has to be a strong contender. Odds: 16/1

3 ADAM SCOTT

A nearly-man in 2012 when he blew a four-shot lead going into the fourth round, Scott should not be discounted this week. Has finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in the last three Opens, and came fourth in Chambers Bay at the US Open. The ace up his sleeve could be caddie Steve Williams, who came out of retirement to team up again with Scott. Odds: 25/1

4 PHIL MICKELSON

The Open winner at Muirfield only two years ago, Mickelson has the experience that comes with winning five Major championships. Tied for second in the Masters this year to Jordan Spieth, Mickelson comes into St Andrews relaxed and with the benefit of four rounds at Gullane in which he shot 69, 68, 70, 68, the last of them in testing windy conditions. Odds: 33/1

5 MARTIN KAYMER

The former World No 1 likes St Andrews and is a past winner of the Dunhill Links Championship (2008). His best Open finish was on the Old Course in 2010 (tied 7th), and he won the US PGA title that season. Last year he eclipsed the strongest of fields to win The Players and the US Open. Odds: 40/1

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