The Open Championship – Players A-M

The Open Championship - Players A-M

Abraham Ancer – 160/1

The Mexican is hoping he can find the Ancer at Hoylake this year and a tie for 11th at St Andrews last year suggests he’s finally getting the hang of links golf.

Adri Arnaus – 150/1

Probably better than his overall career record suggests but has struggled in two Open appearances so far and that will likely continue.

Jose Luis Ballester – N/A

It might be worth noting if he had ‘os’ at the end of his name, but he doesn’t.

Kyle Barker – 1000/1

You’d be barking mad to fancy him!

Haydn Barron – 700/1

Finished birdie-eagle to qualify, and while that was spectacular his chances this week are anything but.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout – 200/1

A player with few weaknesses who tends to go well at tricky golf courses. Was unbeaten at last year’s Presidents Cup, but Open record makes him unappealing.

Alexander Bjork – 200/1

Tends to struggle in better company and that’s likely to continue at Hoylake.

Richard Bland – 350/1

Luckily Richard has made plenty of money from the LIV Tour because he won’t be adding much cash this week.

Dan Bradbury – 250/1

Makes his Open debut having won last year’s Joburg Open. Played nicely at the British Masters, but this looks a bridge too far.

Keegan Bradley – 66/1

Pre-shot routine is dreadful and it’s anyone’s guess why he’s allowed to wear basketball shoes, but has been playing well this year and could feature. Open record is abysmal, however.

Sam Burns – 80/1

Can blow very hot and cold and hasn’t really featured since winning the Match-Play in March. Finished with a Sunday 64 at St Andrews so has the game for this sort of test, though.

Jorge Campillo – 350/1

Three missed cuts in three Open starts tells you all you need to know about his chances in 2023.

Laurie Canter – 250/1

Hasn’t done much on the LIV Tour this year, hasn’t done much in The Open in the past, and won’t be doing much at Hoylake.

Alejandro Canizares – 1000/1    

Surprised a few with a T27 at St Andrews in 2010. As his odds suggest, it’s unlikely that will happen 13 years later.

Patrick Cantlay – 25/1

Very much a Major winning in-waiting with a game that we’d all dream of. Painfully slow to do anything but entitled to huge respect after a T8 last time.

Tiger Christensen – 1000/1

There’s a Tiger playing in The Open! Shame it’s not the one who has won 15 Majors.

Stewart Cink – 250/1

The 2009 champion who famously denied Tom Watson in a play-off at Turnberry, Stewart will certainly be throwing the kitchen Cink at winning the Claret Jug again.

Wyndham Clark – 55/1

The most recent Major winner having captured last month’s PGA, Clark is finally realising the potential that many believed he had. Lacking in Open experience, however.

Darren Clarke    N/A

One of the great moments when he won The Open in 2011 at the age of 42. Best days are well behind him now though.

Corey Conners – 80/1

One of the best around tee-to-green but is often let down by the putter. Open record is okay but will likely find a few too good again.

Harrison Crowe (a) – 1000/1

Let’s hope the weather stays nice for him as this is a tough test for amateurs.

John Daly – 2000/1

One of golf’s great characters, however isn’t the force of old and will do very well to be around come the weekend.

Jason Day – 50/1

Bar a T4 at St Andrews in 2015, ‘JDay’ hasn’t cracked this great championship yet. An overdue victory in May was much needed, but there looks more obvious contenders.

Bryson DeChambeau – 40/1

Bryson would LIV, sorry love, to win an Open, and while he’s playing better than 12 months ago, his erratic long game will surely catch up with him this week.

Thomas Detry – 200/1

One of the best players out there who hasn’t got the job done yet. Undoubtedly talented, but this looks a step too far.

Ernie Els – 1000/1

It’s hard not to love ‘The Big Easy’ and we’d all watch that gorgeous swing for hours. However, his game isn’t up to scratch these days.

Nacho Elvira – N/A

We’re not quite sure Nacho has the stomach for this.

Harris English – 150/1

Another player with plenty of talent but has a poor Open CV and has been out of sorts for large parts of the season.

Oliver Farr – 1000/1

It’s more than likely that Oliver will end up Farr down the leaderboard.

Ewen Ferguson – 250/1

Makes his Open Championship debut after winning his first two DP World Tour titles during the 2022 season. An improving player but debutants tend to struggle in this.

Mateo Fernandez De Oliveira (a) – 1000/1

Your guess is as good as ours.

Tony Finau – 50/1

No stranger to The Open, having clinched two top-10 finishes – including third place in 2019. The loveable American will be hoping for more of the same at Hoylake.

Zack Fischer – 1000/1

Tournament debutant after clinching his spot at Royal Liverpool after playing, and winning, his first ever PGA Tour Latinoamerica event back in December.

Alex Fitzpatrick – 350/1

If he can emulate anywhere close to the form of younger brother and last year’s US Open champion Matt, Alex will have a barnstormer of a debut.

Matt Fitzpatrick – 33/1

Became England’s only winner of the US Open alongside Justin Rose recently, but yet to clinch a top-10 in seven attempts here. Hoping fortunes change.

Tommy Fleetwood – 25/1

Tantalisingly close to an Open victory after finishing runner-up to Shane Lowry in 2019, followed by T4 at St Andrews last year. Will do for many.

Rickie Fowler – 25/1

Three top-10 finishes but a rollercoaster romance with The Open since his 2010 debut. His first PGA Tour win in over four years came this month, so a resurgence could be on the cards and one to keep an eye on.

Ryan Fox – 100/1

A thunderous past 12 months for the Kiwi, having finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy in the 2022 Race To Dubai and breaking into the world’s top-25. Can he put it all together at Hoylake?

Talor Gooch – 66/1

Two-time participant, finishing inside the top-30 both times. Three LIV Golf wins this year, and, if in the same form, could be one to watch at a price.

Branden Grace – N/A

Broke The Open record at Royal Birkdale with a fantastic round of 62 on his way to T6. Has missed two of the last three cuts, though, and will need something big here.

Ben Griffin – 500/1

Another debutant, earning his place after scraping through with a T14 in March’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Broke into the top 100 this year, after starting 2022 placed 1,744th.

Emiliano Grillo – 200/1

A career ranking of 42nd following his Charles Schwab Challenge victory in May clinched him a spot at The Open – though after missing four of the last six cuts, he has unfinished business at Royal Liverpool.

Seungsu Han – N/A

An impressive six-stroke victory in his birth country at the Kolon Korea Open was enough to clinch American Han just his first Open appearance since turning pro in 2009.

Brian Harman – 125/1

Springing back from four missed cuts in recent times and no stranger to top-20 finishes in Major championships, leftie Harman will want to go even better than his T6 last year.

Padraig Harrington – 100/1

Two-time Open winner, though his glory days of back-to-back wins in ’07 and ’08 may be behind him with many of his more recent appearances here ending prematurely.

Tyrrell Hatton – 33/1

The pocket rocket who hasn’t quite conquered Major Championship golf yet. Has all the skills to go well and will be the flavour of the week for plenty.

Russell Henley –  100/1

Finishing 13th having led after three rounds in the 2021 US Open, Henley could be one to watch at a big price with his best Major finish coming this April at The Masters.

Lucas Herbert – 125/1

An Aussie winning The Open in an Ashes year would not go down well with the locals, but showed his liking for links golf with a T15 at St Andrews last year.

Kazuki Higa – 500/1

Will want to improve on his debut, where the Japanese missed the cut at the first time of asking. With four wins on the Japan Tour last year, he’ll want to take this form into Liverpool.

Daniel Hillier – 200/1

Relatively youthful at 24, already a DP World Tour victor and winner of the recent British Masters. An exciting prospect, but unlikely to be winning this.

Kensei Hirata – 500/1

Squeezing through a three-hole play-off at the recent Japan Tour, Japanese-born Hirata will be making his Open debut having turned pro just two years ago.

Lee Hodges – 500/1

Delivered his best performance on the main circuit, tying for third at an American Express event thanks to a 62 and 64 scorecard. Making his Open debut.

Tom Hoge – 200/1

Proven value after seeing off former Open champion Jordan Spieth to clinch the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am. Making only his second Open appearance, after missing last year’s cut.

Rasmus Hojgaard – 150/1

Identical twin of Nicolai, and leads their tussle of DP World Tour titles four to one. Will be making his Open debut, but the Dane could go nicely.

Max Homa – 66/1

Arguably the best swinger in the game and one of the most improved players on the circuit, a big run in a Major can’t be far away. Open record is poor, though.

Billy Horschel – 100/1

Classy on his day, but a bit like his beloved West Ham, hasn’t been at his best over the past year.

Rikuya Hoshino – 250/1

With recent Major call-ups granted as an injury replacement or qualifying alternate, Hoshino has unfinished business at Liverpool, having missed the cut at his last two Open showings.

Viktor Hovland – 20/1

Coming to the boil nicely after a string of good showings this year, the Norwegian, with a good Open record to match, looks a leading contender.

Sungjae Im – 66/1

Has a chequered record at the Open but has gone well in Majors before and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him feature.

Hiroshi Iwata – 500/1    

Making his first appearance here for eight years after a promising early 2010s. Will do well to be around for the weekend.

Jazz Janewattananond – 500/1

Has a brilliant name, but unfortunately doesn’t have a brilliant chance.

Dustin Johnson – 33/1

Consistent on the LIV Tour for a while, as DJ’s record shows, he’s often in the mix at the Majors. Dangerous to dismiss and could go very well.

Zach Johnson – 500/1

Won The Open at St Andrews in 2015, but it’s unlikely the American Ryder Cup captain will be repeating that feat eight years later.

Matthew Jordan – 100/1

Making his second successive appearance in The Open – and on his home course too – but won’t be troubling the eventual winner.

Takumi Kanaya –  250/1

Has missed the cut in all three previous Open appearances, and that trend is likely to continue at Royal Liverpool this week.

Kyungnam Kang – 250/1

The 40-year-old’s most recent tournament victory came in 2021, but the South Korean will need a minor miracle if he is to hit a similar note here.

Taichi Kho – 500/1

Kho only became a professional two months ago – his emotional triumph in the World City Championship seeing him book his Open spot – and such inexperience will likely be exposed.

Bio Kim – 1000/1

Another World City Championship beneficiary, only John Daley is a higher price to win this year’s Open than the South Korean.

Michael Kim – 500/1

The American won his first PGA Tour event at the 2018 John Deere Classic by eight shots, setting the tournament scoring record, but probably won’t be troubling the leaderboard here.

Si Woo Kim – 125/1

Tied for 15th in last year’s Open and famously became the youngest ever winner of the Players Championship in 2017. The South Korean is one to keep half an eye on.

Tom Kim – 66/1

Big things are expected and while he hasn’t been at his best this year, he has played well in both the Masters and US Open. Lack of length won’t as much of an issue this week and a lively outsider.

Chris Kirk – 200/1

Ended his eight-year drought on the PGA Tour when he triumphed in the Honda Classic in February, and will be aiming to build on a strong finish in last year’s Open (T5).

Kurt Kitayama – 100/1

One of the most improved players around having broken through on the PGA Tour earlier this year. Has a poor Open record, but went well for a long way at last year’s Scottish Open.

Brooks Koepka –  16/1

The definition of a man for the Majors having won his fifth at the PGA earlier this year. Missed the cut at St Andrews but two T6s and a T4 show he has the tools for this sort of test.

Christo Lamprecht – 1000/1

Was victorious in last month’s Amateur Championship at Hillside, but he’s playing in the big boys’ league now.

Romain Langasque – 350/1

Another Amateur Championship winner, which saw him qualify for the 2015 Open and finish T65, the Frenchman will be looking to make the cut for the first time since 2019.

Pablo Larrazabal – 250/1

The Spaniard is in decent nick having tasted victory in both the Korea Championship and the KLM Open this year but has failed to make the cut in each of his last four Open appearances.

Thriston Lawrence – 200/1

Only previous appearance in the Open came last year (T42), and you feel the current South African champion will be content with simply bettering that finish.

K.H. Lee – N/A

The South Korean is best known for winning the 2021 and 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson, but his only other Open stint was failing to make the cut last year. Don’t expect any fireworks here.

Min Wo Lee – 66/1

The Australian turned professional in 2019 after winning an impressive six amateur titles and will be aiming to build on a commendable T21 finish in last year’s Open.

Hurly Long – 500/1

Hurly will likely finish a Long way down the leaderboard at Royal Liverpool. It’s a Long way back to Germany too.

Shane Lowry – 28/1

Loves a round on the links and will be fancied by many to repeat his heroics from Royal Portrush in 2019. Hasn’t been in top form of late, but it would be no surprise to see him return to his best.

Joost Luiten – 250/1

Only qualified for this year’s Open three weeks ago via a second-place finish at the BMW International Open, Luiten will be wanting to improve on his tournament-best finish of T32 in 2019.

Robert MacIntyre – 150/1

The Scotsman boasts two top six Open finishes in 2019 and 2021, at one stage becoming the leading Scot in the World Rankings, but his performances have slipped since then.

Alex Maguire – 1000/1

The Irishman finished 5th in last month’s Amateur Championship, but don’t expect a single-figure finish at Royal Liverpool this week.

Hideki Matsuyama – 55/1

Matsuyama famously became the first Japanese golfer to win a Major after triumphing in the 2021 Masters but has struggled for consistency at the Open since a T6 finish in 2013.

Denny McCarthy – 100/1

Probably the best putter on the PGA Tour, and arguably in the world, Denny makes his Open debut at Hoylake. Unlikely to feature but wouldn’t bet against him making the cut.

Connor McKinney – N/A

The 21-year-old won last year’s Australian Amateur and finished 34th in December’s Australian Open but will likely be booking an early flight down under after the first 36 holes.

Rory McIlroy – 15/2

Won his last Major here in 2014 and favourite this year, Rory will be hoping to end his nine-year wait for one of golf’s four biggest prizes and looked back to his very best at the Scottish Open.

Adrian Meronk – 150/1

Very much a DP World Tour specialist but may struggle in better company and will be happy just to make the cut.

David Micheluzzi – 500/1

Hard to see Mich doing much here.

Phil Mickelson – 150/1

No player in the field has won more Majors, a stat made more impressive by the fact that he has won all of them playing the wrong way round. Unlikely to trouble the leaders at Hoylake.

Guido Migliozzi – 200/1

One of the best names in the competition, doubt we’ll be hearing too much of it though.

Francesco Molinari – N/A

Won The Open as recently as 2018 but has massively fallen off the radar since. Unlikely to repeat that success and others are preferred.

Taylor Moore – 150/1

Another Open debutant, Taylor will need Moore than a bit of luck if he is to trouble the leaders at Royal Liverpool.

Collin Morikawa – 25/1

Collin Morikawa has been the definition of hit and miss at The Open with one win and one missed cut in two starts!

Trey Mullinax – 500/1

Despite being from Birmingham he may have a tough time working out how to play a British links course, probably because he his from Birmingham, Alabama.



Author: Eric Jackson