2017 Open Championship Golf Preview: Adam Scott’s Unfinished Business


Open Championship | July 20-23 (AEST), Royal Birkdale, England 

A healthy contingent of 11 Aussies will tee-off in the 146th edition of the Open Championship at Royal Birdkdale, England in search of that prestigious Claret Jug.

The Open Championship is the oldest of the four majors and Australians boast a rich history in the major, especially at Royal Birkdale.

Peter Thomson captured two of his five Open Championships at Royal Birkdale in 1954 and 1965.

The 'Shark', Greg Norman was the last Australian to lift the Claret Jug at Royal St.George’s in 1993.

Four Aussies have gone agonisingly close since Norman’s triumph with four Aussies finishing runners-up, the most recent being Marc Leishman in 2015 and Adam Scott in 2012.

Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington were equal 2nd after losing a playoff to South African Ernie Els in 2002.

Here is our rundown of the Aussie challengers at this year’s Open.

Adam Scott - (29.00)

After years of heartache and near misses, Adam Scott (pictured above) has declared he has “unfinished business’’ heading into this year’s open.

The former Masters champ has been knocking on the door for what seems like an eternity after four top 10’s in the last five opens. 

The 37-year-old has fond memories of Royal Birkdale after a T17 at the course in 2008 and his game is well suited to the course which rewards long, accurate ball strikers.

The world no.15 will be desperate to erase the memories of the 2012 open where he bogeyed the last four holes to finish one shot behind eventual champion Ernie Els.

The popular Aussie heads into Royal Birkdale buoyed by a final round 68 at the Scottish Open after carding a third round 78.

Scott will be teeing off in a star-studded grouping including tournament favourite Rickie Fowler and Englishman Paul Casey

Jason Day - (34.00)

Australia’s highest ranking player is a proven performer in majors but this year has been a struggle for the former US PGA champion. 

The 29-year-old boasts a highest finish of T4 at the Open Championship at St.Andrews back in 2015 but heads into this week’s open having missed the cut in his last two events.

Paired with US Masters champ Sergio Garcia and 2015 Open Championship winner Zach Johnson, Day will have nowhere to hide but that will no doubt bring out the best in the former world no.1.

Marc Leishman - (46.00) 

Leishman (pictured above) is possibly the leading Aussie hope with the left-hander in top form and a proven performer in the British major.

The 33-year-old is teeing off in his 7th Open Championships and will take a lot of confidence by his close finish in 2015 when he was beaten in a playoff by Zach Johnson at St.Andrews.

The world no.33 has a decent record in the British major and was 5th at Royal Liverpool in 2014 and comes into the tournament on the back of a pair of top 20 finishes including a T17 at the Travellers Championship and T5 at Quicken Loans. 

A noted specialist in windy conditions, the Aussie lefty will capably handle the predicted windy conditions at Royal Birkdale where winds are expected to reach up to 33km/h.

Leishman will tee-off alongside fellow lefty Phil Mickleson and Italian Francesco Molinari.

The other Aussies

The eight other Aussies in the field include Cameron Smith, Scott Hend, Andrew Dodt, Aaron Baddeley (pictured below), Matthew Griffin, Adam Bland, Ashley Hall and Ryan McCarthy

The 27-year-old McCarthy, from Burnie, Tasmania, is the lowest ranked Aussie at no.1357.

The Aussies

Unibet Odds: Adam Scott 29.00, Jason Day 34.00, Marc Leishman 46.00, Cameron Smith 201.00, Scott Hend 351.00, Andrew Dodt 351.00, Aaron Baddeley 501.00, Matthew Griffin 10001.00, Adam Bland 1501.00, Ashley Hall 1501.00, Ryan McCarthy 1501.00

Winner

Unibet Odds: Rickie Fowler 15.00, Dustin Johnson 15.00, Sergio Garcia 17.00, Jon Rahm 17.00, Jordan Spieth 17.00, Justion Rose 19.00, Hideki Matsuyama 21.00, Rory McIlroy 21.00, Tommy Fleetwood 26.00, Henrik Stenson 26.00, Adam Scott 29.00, Paul Casey 34.00, Jason Day 34.00, Brooks Koepka 34.00 

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