The Open Championship 2023 Preview
11 October, 2023
The final major of the year is here as we head to Royal Liverpool for the 151st British Open. In the traditional British style, players are expected to be welcomed by wet and windy conditions along the coastline on what can be a punishing course on the best of days. With plenty of Australian chances and in-form golfers looking to capitalise and earn the final major for the year, there’s plenty at stake and plenty to prove. Here are my top selections for The Open.
Cameron Smith is confident and looking to reclaim the Claret Jug after last year’s success at St Andrews. Finishing strongly in the US Open and putting together some very solid golf on the LIV tour, claiming his second win in London, he looks primed to go back to back. His versatility around the greens will be a key asset to him this week, and if he is consistently hitting greens in regulation, I’d back his putting skills in to post some low scores. He’s in the prime of his career and in red-hot form and I firmly believe he will be the one to chase.
Scottie Scheffler finished with 10 under in the Scottish Open and in his last 7 tournaments hasn’t finished lower than 5th. He’s been ultra-consistent and is averaging a birdie every 4 holes this season. He’s been accurate off the tee, which will be vital here. Another player with a very solid short game, which will come in handy on these tricky greens. Genuine top 10 lock and another player who’s capable of shooting some low scores.
Rickie Fowler was average in the Scottish Open last week, finishing in 42nd with 3 under, but before that was playing some really handy golf. Expecting him to bounce back in a big way, looking to prove that he’s a player capable of winning a major. If he can keep composed, he will be fighting out the finish.
Jon Rahm is leading the Fed Ex Cup and has had a superb season. He’s had 9 top-10 finishes and 4 wins this season, so he should be capable of a strong showing here. He’s consistent with his irons and approach shots leaving him with little work to do with the putter; however, expect him to struggle off the tee here. He will be competitive as always but might find himself in more trouble at Royal Liverpool.
Tommy Fleetwood was brave, shooting 9 under in the Scottish Open. He was good in the US Open, finishing a tied 5th. He’s consistent off the tee hitting 60% of fairways, and finds a high number of greens in regulation. He can scramble when in trouble, and I see him as a Smokey chance to finish in the top 3 this week.
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