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Just three months after Tiger Woods sent the sports world into a frenzy by winning the Masters, the year’s final major is already upon us. The world’s best have congregated at Royal Portrush for one final go at 2019 major glory. After Sunday’s final putt drops, we’ll have to wait another nine months before spring and Augusta to roll around.
But between now and then should be a terrific, and historic, week of golf. This week marks the first time the British Open—or Open Championship, or simply The Open, depending on who you ask—has returned to Northern Ireland since 1951, a hugely significant event for a country that has been plagued by sectarian violence. The Dunluce course at Portrush is a picturesque, dramatic venue that has been drawing rave reviews from players, pundits and fans alike.
Week - Action - SIcom - Players - Field
To get you prepared for this week’s action, SI.com has ranked the top 100 players in the 156-man field from least-to-most likely to win. This should help you win your pool, a wager, or simply be a more informed viewer as you enjoy a week of watching links golf.
Happy reading, and happy viewing.
Open - Champ - Winner - Purgatory - Events
Two-time British Open champ and three-time major winner is struggling in the late 40’s purgatory, where he’s perhaps not good enough to win big events but not old enough to play on the Champions Tour. Recently started working with speed guru George Gankas, who coaches phenom Matt Wolff. He’s the European Ryder Cup captain for 2020, so you have to think he’s watching just as much golf as he’s playing.
British player has made the cut in both of his Open starts, including winning low amateur honors as a 20-year-old in 2011. Started the year extremely well in the European Tour’s Middle East swing but hasn’t impressed much since February.
Thursday-at-a-major - Leaderboard - Presence
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