The links at the Liverpool Golf Club are prepared for the most prestigious golf conquest of the year. From Thursday, 16 July to Sunday, 23 July 2023, world’s top-notch golfers will head to the gorgeous British field, filled with hopes to lift the Claret Jug & win the title of "The Champion Golfer of the Year." While every contender on the field has the potential to win, the experts at Druids have already given their verdict.
Will the defending champion Cameron Smith be able to keep the title to his name, or will Rory McIlroy make history by recapturing the trophy on the same field he won the Open in 2014? Here's our experts’ opinion on the matter/
The Open 2023 Odds: List Of Top Ten Contenders
The Northern Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy is the number one pick for the British Open 2023. McIlroy has played the Opens 14 times and claimed the "Champion Golfer Of The Year" title in 2014- the last time the Royal Liverpool Club
hosted this tournament.
Rory has failed to snag any major championships for the last seven years, but that doesn't mean the Irish golfer isn't good at the game. Rory won the FedExCup Championship thrice in 2016, 2019, and 2022. In 2022, Rory also successfully defended his title at the C.J. Cup and became World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
In 2023, Rory won the Hero Dubai Desert Classic for the third time and made it to the top 10 in his last five tournaments, including the PGA Championship, U.S. Opens, and Travelers Championship. In short, Rory McIlroy is in his best form at the moment and according to our experts, the chances of him winning the championship are very high.
Currently number 1 in the official world golf ranking, Scottie Scheffler is our second most favourite for the Opens 2023. And the reason behind him being on the list is quite simple- the American golfing superstar has held the first position for forty-one weeks, proving his great golfing skills and competency.
Scottie has the 2022 Masters Tournament and 2023 Players Championship under his belt. The golfer also finished in the top five in various PGA tournaments, including Byron Nelson 2023, Memorial Tournament, U.S. Open, Travelers Championship, and tied for 2nd position in the 2023 PGA Championship.
Jon Rahm is third on our list of top ten contenders for the British Open 2023. The 28 years old professional Spanish golfer has four PGA tour wins, including The American Express, The Genesis Invitational, Sentry Tournament of Champions, and the Masters Tournament. Jon also finished amongst the top 10 in nine PGA tournaments held in 2022-23.
The 2023 PGA championship winner is believed to finish on top of the British Open leaderboard because he has what it takes to tackle tough situations on field. Brooks Koepka has won 9 PGA tournaments since becoming professional in 2012 and currently holds the 12th position on the Official World Golf Ranking list.
Next on our list is Viktor Hovland. The first-ever Norwegian to appear and make the cut at the 2019 Masters Tournament, is one of the most favourite players for the 2023 Open Championship. The twenty-three years old professional golfer is recognised for his exceptional skill in driving the golf ball and currently occupies the 5th position in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Cameron Smith will play the links at Royal Liverpool as a defending champion. The winner of the 2022 British Open has been amongst the top 5 players in the last two major tours i.e., the Masters and PGA Championship. Currently enjoying the 7th position in the Official World Golf Ranking, Cameron is ready to take on the competition and maintain his "Champion Golfer Of The Year" title.
The American professional golfer finished amongst the top 10 contenders in the Masters and U.S. Open 2023. Schauffele also tied for second position at the Wells Fargo Championship and is currently enjoying the 6th position in the PGA Tour World ranking.
Sounds like he’s in perfect shape to give tough competition, right? Well, that’s exactly why he’s on this list.
Jordan Speith is one hell of a golf player with three PGA majors under his name. In 2015, the American professional golfer won The Masters, followed by the U.S. Open. Later in 2017, Jordan bagged the British Open.
In 2023, Jordan’s performance has been quite consistent. He played well throughout the season and our experts see no reason why he can’t win the Open Championship..
Patrick Cantlay is a professional American golfer, currently enjoying 4th position on the Official World Golf Ranking list. Cantlay hasn't won any major tournaments this season, but his previous performances have made him one of our experts’ favourites for The British Open 2023.
Collin Morikawa has enjoyed five PGA wins in his professional career, which includes two major championships. In 2020, Morikawa made his debut in the PGA Championship and came home with the winning trophy. Then in 2021, the American golfer debuted in the British Opens and lifted the Claret Jug. A person who can win The Opens in his very first appearance can surely win it again.
Will Rory McIlroy live up to the expectations and secure victory in the 2023 British Open, or will a random player make history by bagging the Claret Jug- we can't say anything for sure. One thing that we can say for sure is that the 151st Open will be an exciting tournament and a must-watch for golf enthusiasts all across the world. So make sure you don't miss out on the final and the most prestigious PGA major of 2023.
META DESCRIPTION: With 156 golfers ready to battle it out for the prestigious Claret Jug, the stakes for the 2023 British Open are pretty high. Here’s the list of top ten golfers that we think can win the game.