Schauffele hoping to extend winning run

Xander Schauffele

The stage is set for the 150th Open Championship as St Andrews prepares to host the 2022 edition this week.

This year’s event promises to be one for the scrapbook as the world’s best players prepare to play The Old Course from Thursday, including fan favourite Tiger Woods as he continues his recovery from injury.

While the golfing headlines have been based around the battles between the LIV Tour and its rivals, the focus will be firmly on the players this week in the final major of the year.

With the first tee now just days away, we take a look at the leading contenders for the Claret Jug.

Rory McIlroy – 10/1 to win

The Northern Irishman heads to Scotland as the second-best player in the world, and he should be refreshed after a recent break.

McIlroy was last in action at the Travelers Championship, where he secured a share of 19th.

He won The Open Championship back in 2014 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, and he could go all the way this weekend, having finished third at St Andrews in 2010.

Xander Schauffele – 14/1 to win

Schauffele may have finally discovered the secret of how to win on a regular basis, having won three tournaments on the spin.

The American won the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour before lifting the Genesis Scottish Open last weekend. He also won the JP McManus Pro-Am earlier this month, and the signs look good for the world number five.

He has never played at St Andrews but did finish tied second at Carnoustie in 2018.

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Jordan Spieth – 16/1 to win

While Spieth is outside the world’s top ten players, he has been in good form in patches in 2022.

He finished fourth in 2015 at St Andrews, and the 28-year-old knows how to get his hand on the Claret Jug, having won at Royal Birkdale in 2017.

Jon Rahm – 16/1 to win

Rahm broke his major duck at at last year’s US Open before finishing tied-third at the Open, having enjoyed top-10 finishes at the Masters and US PGA earlier in 2021.

However, it’s fair to say that 2022 has been a quieter year for the likeable Spaniard with just one win coming at the Mexico Open in May, while he has five other top-10 finishes in 2022.

Following a break on the back of a tied-12th finish at the US Open, Rahm returned at last week’s Scottish Open but failed to break par over his last three rounds to end in a tie for 55th at +5.

Justin Thomas – 18/1 to win

Thomas is on the lookout for his third major success, having lifted the PGA Championship for a second time earlier this year.

The 29-year-old has never finished in the top ten at The Open Championship, and he has never played in the event at St Andrews.

However, he will be hard to overlook, considering his recent form.

Scottie Scheffler – 18/1 to win

Scheffler is another who has never played at St Andrews, but he did show signs he could excel on links courses when finishing tied eighth at Royal St George’s Golf Club in 2021.

Scheffler has already won four times on the PGA Tour in 2022, so nerves will not be an issue, and he is also ranked the world’s best player at present.

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Author: Lucas Carlson