2022 British Open: The legacy of golf lives on in this graveyard of champions (2022)

Most people jumping over graveyard walls are up to no good. Not Jim Nantz.

The legendary CBS announcer is standing with a group of people in the cemetery of the cathedral ruins in St. Andrews, one of the most ghost-fraught towns in Great Britain. He’s just a hundred yards from the Haunted Tower where the White Lady resides. And it’s midnight.

All this to read the gravestones of Thomas Mitchell Morris and his son, by flashlight.

“In 2000, we were hours away from Tiger completing his career Grand Slam,” he says. “History would be made, and what better place to connect the present with the past than standing at the foot of their graves and remembering the founding fathers of the sport.”

As much as ghosts, there are sprits in St. Andrews. The overriding one is the spirit of golf, which Nantz and every golfer who comes here feels. But when you enter the gates – or jump the stone wall – of the cemetery on the eastern side of town, the feeling cuts to your bones. That is why Nantz has since continued this tradition during each Open played at the Old Course.

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The history of golf is buried here overlooking the North Sea; however, calling it the graveyard of golf is misleading. If not for the people whose relics reside under this turf, there would be no game as we know it.

In all, eight Open champions are buried here. And that doesn’t include the man whose burial in the graveyard started the whole thing.

That is Allan Robertson, the world’s first professional of note. He came from a long line of Robertsons who were feathery ball makers in St. Andrews, but Allan branched out by also becoming a clubmaker, course designer and untouchable player. In 1858, he was the first golfer to break 80 on the Old Course, and in either matches or tournaments, he was nearly unbeatable. His prowess brings to mind Tom Weiskopf’s saying about Jack Nicklaus: he knew he was going to beat you, you knew he was going to beat you, and he knew you knew he was going to beat you.

Then, Robertson died in 1859. He was 44 years old. His tall, obelisk gravestone features a distinguished relief image of him peering from the top with the words:

HE WAS GREATLY ESTEEMED

FOR HIS PERSONAL WORTH

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AND FOR MANY YEARS

WAS DISTINGUISHED AS THE

CHAMPION GOLFER

OF SCOTLAND

The vacuum left on the country’s links was so large that his death created The Open. And the family that filled that empty space lies in rest just 30 yards away from Robertson.

THE FOUNDING FATHER OF GOLF USHERS IN A NEW ERA

Tom Morris Sr. began working in Robertson’s shop as an apprentice, and they teamed for success after success in the big-money challenge matches of the period. They famously went their separate ways in business after Morris tried and liked a new type of ball on the scene: the gutta percha. Robertson saw this new ball as a threat to the traditional feathery he made. It was. Morris wouldn’t be one to shy away from innovation.

In 1860, a competition was staged to determine who should follow Robertson as holder of the title “Champion Golfer of Scotland.” Morris was the favorite for that first Open held on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, where he was the greenkeeper at the time. Instead, Willie Park Sr. from Musselburgh bettered him by two strokes. The championship was played again the following year with Morris winning. He successfully defended in 1862 by 13 strokes – although against a tiny field, it was a major championship record that stood for 138 years. Additional victories followed in 1864 and 1867, but his reign came to a sudden end at the hands of someone he knew well.

Morris’s son, Tommy, was golf's original protégé. One year after his father won at age 46, Tommy captured his first Open at age 17. He won again the next year ... and the next. Three titles in a row meant the red-leather challenge belt that had been played for annually, was his permanently. With the Champion Golfer of Scotland settled, a new prize was needed. Musselburgh and The R&A joined Prestwick in contributing funds to restarting the championship with a new rotation of courses and the creation of a new trophy. Thus, the claret jug and The Open coming to St. Andrews was a result of Tommy’s success.

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Young Tom won again in 1872 for four in a row – a record that’s never been duplicated – although the claret jug wasn’t ready to be presented. His name would be engraved later as the first on the silver trophy. It was his last title. In 1875, his wife and child died during childbirth. Just three months later on Christmas morning, his father found Tommy dead in his room. Officially, the cause of death was a pulmonary hemorrhage. Unofficially, it was a broken heart. He was only 24.

After Tommy’s death, more than 60 clubs contributed to fund one of the most famous headstones for any sportsman. Designed and built by noted sculptor John Rhind of Edinburgh, it was erected three years later with several hundred people attending its unveiling. The memorial stands approximately 10 feet in height with an intricate carving of Young Tom about to stroke a putt. Reverend John Tulloch, principal of the University of St. Andrews, wrote the following that was engraved:

DEEPLY REGRETTED BY NUMEROUS FRIENDS AND ALL GOLFERS

HE THRICE IN SUCCESSION WON THE CHAMPION’S BELT

AND HELD IT WITHOUT RIVALRY AND YET WITHOUT ENVY

HIS MANY AMIABLE QUALITIES

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BEING NO LESS ACKNOWLEDGED THAN HIS GOLFING ACHIEVEMENTS

It was one of many heartbreaks for his father. Before his own death in 1908 at age 86, Tom Morris Sr. buried his wife, all five of his children, and both of his children’s spouses.

By most accounts, it didn’t outwardly affect him. Morris designed nearly 100 courses throughout the British Isles. He didn’t create the Old Course, but he molded and refined it in a way that nearly every shot players face, from then to today, is a result of his work. He was keeper of the green there for almost 40 years, discovering a method of putting sand on the links to improve the condition and firmness of its grass. Superintendents around the world utilize that process of topdressing now more than ever. He made clubs and ran the world’s most noted golf shop. He was the game’s biggest promoter and advocate. He was the most famous man in golf and laid the foundations on which everything in the game today is built.

Yet most remarkably, no one ever said a bad word about him. His grave marker solemnly states his name, date of birth and date of death. Nothing else was necessary.

THE WELL KNOWN, AND UNKNOWN, LEGACIES OF THE OPEN

As widespread and deep as Morris’ influence has been worldwide, in the late 18th century, those most directly impacted were in St. Andrews. Jamie Anderson was born on North Street (his father David “Auld Daw” was a noted caddie and greenkeeper) and began his trek through the golf business as a teen. He was an apprentice clubmaker for the legendary Robert Forgan and a caddie on the links, carrying the bag for Young Tom in some of his high-stakes matches, but his fame came as a player.

Anderson won The Open in 1877 at Musselburgh, 1878 at Prestwick, and 1879 at St. Andrews – three in a row and the first player to triumph at three different courses. When a 9-year-old from a nearby town saw him play, the boy became enamored with golf. James Braid went on to win five Opens, design hundreds of courses and earn election into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

There would be no Hall of Fame for Anderson. Struggling with ill health, he died in a poor house in 1905 and was buried back in the cathedral cemetery in St. Andrews with nary a mourner and no gravestone.

That absence became glaring to local golf historian Roger McStravick. “Tourists and locals were walking over the graveyard grass not knowing that Jamie was buried there,” he says. “I had to try to do something.” McStravick lead a campaign to raise £8,000 to give him one. “We received contributions from golfers all over the world, local clubs, The R&A, BGCS, and St. Andrew Pilgrim Foundation,” he says. In 2018, a headstone was finally dedicated, 113 years after his death, with Open champion Sandy Lyle even paying homage.

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Anderson wasn’t the only Champion Golfer of the Year buried with no marker. Tom Kidd, winner of the first Open at St. Andrews in 1873, lies somewhere in the cemetery. On an oversaturated Old Course, he controversially etched grooves in some of his clubs to help control shots. After he won, he sold his gold medal to pay for his wedding, but died 11 years later.

Two-time champion Bob Martin also has no marker. He’s the winner of the strangest ending in major championship history, capturing his first in 1876 at St. Andrews in a playoff against no one. During regulation, Davie Strath was accused of hitting a shot onto the 17th green while others were still playing the hole, which was in violation of a rule that week. With a final decision on any penalty undecided, Strath refused to participate further. All Martin, a former assistant to Old Tom, had to do was to go around by himself to win the claret jug.

If McStravick has his way, they will have gravestones as well, but their situations are not uncommon. Many families don’t realize they have relatives buried in unmarked plots. The cemetery, as well as the entire grounds and cathedral, is managed by Historic Environment Scotland, but they are not responsible for gravestones or their upkeep.

Without even a simple marker, how do their legacies live on?

With his family’s headstone, Willie Auchterlonie can be recognized. He won the 1893 Open at Prestwick using seven self-made clubs. Two years later, he set up his own shop in St. Andrews that’s still in business.

Jack Burns returned to his hometown to play in the 1888 championship, and after review won by a single stroke when an R&A official noticed his total score had been added incorrectly.

Hugh Kirkcaldy was champion of the last Open contested at 36 holes in 1891. He died six years later at 29.

Those eight golfers are the champions of 17 of the first 33 Opens – all buried within a stones-throw of one another. Furthermore, the likes of Andrew Strath, Sandy Herd and Jock Hutchison aren’t even included – all Open champions whose lives were shaped by this ancient city and whose families have plots.

The irony is as thick as Scottish heather on a summer’s day. St. Andrews' influence on The Open and the game of golf starts where the principles responsible for it ended. In a graveyard.

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The history of golf is buried here overlooking the North Sea; however, calling it the graveyard of golf is misleading.. In 1860, a competition was staged to determine who should follow Robertson as holder of the title “Champion Golfer of Scotland.” Morris was the favorite for that first Open held on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, where he was the greenkeeper at the time.. One year after his father won at age 46, Tommy captured his first Open at age 17.. Anderson won The Open in 1877 at Musselburgh, 1878 at Prestwick, and 1879 at St. Andrews – three in a row and the first player to triumph at three different courses.. James Braid went on to win five Opens, design hundreds of courses and earn election into the World Golf Hall of Fame.. In 2018, a headstone was finally dedicated, 113 years after his death, with Open champion Sandy Lyle even paying homage.. Anderson wasn’t the only Champion Golfer of the Year buried with no marker.. Those eight golfers are the champions of 17 of the first 33 Opens – all buried within a stones-throw of one another.. Furthermore, the likes of Andrew Strath, Sandy Herd and Jock Hutchison aren’t even included – all Open champions whose lives were shaped by this ancient city and whose families have plots.. St. Andrews' influence on The Open and the game of golf starts where the principles responsible for it ended.

He’s not the same player he as then, but he’s still no pushover, as he’s made two major cuts this year, including at the PGA, where he was T-13.. He has made two of three Open cuts, though, including in 2015 at St. Andrews and a T-26 last year.. He’s not missed a cut since The Players and has two top-5s in his last four starts.. He was T-3 at the 2010 Open.. Has missed three of last four major cuts, though was T-13 at PGA.. But he’s also never finished better than T-47 in a major and was T-67 in his Open debut last year.. Has missed six straight major cuts, though.. However, he’s played just nine majors since the start of 2013 – and he’s missed the cut each time.. He also hasn’t played an Open before and missed the Scottish cut by two.. He also missed the Scottish cut.

While he hasn’t factored in an Open since Carnoustie in 2018, he is riding a nice hot streak into St. Andrews with five top-10s in his last seven starts, 147 greens hit in majors this year (best in the world by six over Fitzpatrick) and fresh off leading the U.S. Open field in strokes gained putting (+9.44).. The 2017 Champion Golfer of the Year was runner-up at last year’s Open and he’s appeared to regain his form from earlier in the year at the Scottish, where he was just one shot off the lead with four to play before tying for 10th.. He backed up his 2019 Open win with a T-12 last year, too, so the days of Open MCs appear behind him.. Viktor Hovland: Has made nine of 11 majors cuts, including a T-12 in his Open debut last year.. Sam Burns: Made the cut in his Open debut, though after an opening 67 at Scottish, he ended up T-66.. Kevin Kisner: Five straight made cuts at The Open, though he did MC in his Open debut at St. Andrews in 2015.. He has made two of three Open cuts, though, including in 2015 at St. Andrews and a T-26 last year.. Russell Henley: His T-12 at 2015 Open started a streak of four straight made cuts in Open.. Padraig Harrington: The recent U.S. Senior Open champ tied for 30 th at the Irish Open before missing the cut at the Scottish.. Francesco Molinari: Just four top-10s in the past three years for the 2018 Open champ and he beat just seven guys at the Scottish Open.

7.20 Sam Bairstow 7.30 Jamie Rutherford Wyndham Clark 7.40 Hideki Matsuyama, David Law 7.50 Sung Jae Im, Sam Burns 8.00 Garrick Higgo, Adria Arnaus 8.10 Patrick Reed Laurie Canter 8.25 Cameron Tringale Joaquin Niemann 8.35 Jordan Smith Aaron Jarvis 8.45 Danny Willett Barclay Brown 8.55 Sebastian Munoz, Robert Dinwiddie 9.05 Lars van Meijel, Yuto Katsuragawa 9.15 Kurt Kitayama Jason Kokrak 9.30 Justin Thomas Marcus Armitage 9.40 Jason Scrivener Paul Casey 9.50 Tony Finau Justin de Los Santos 10.00 Thriston Lawrence, Thomas Detry 10.10 Sergio Garcia, Corey Conners 10.20 John Parry Adrian Meronk 10.40 Robert MacIntyre, Talor Gooch 10.50 Sadom Kaewkanjana, Abraham Ancer 11.00 Lee Westwood David Carey 11.10 Harold Varner III Joo-Hyung Kim 11.20 Brad Kennedy Filippo Celli 11.30 Chris Kirk Billy Horschel 11.45 Richard Mansell Christiaan Bezuidenhout 11.55 Sahith Theegala Min-Woo Lee 12.05 Xander Schauffele Lucas Herbert 12.15 Jon Rahm, Victor Perez 12.25 Will Zalatoris Nicolai Hoejgaard 12.35 Anthony Quayle Ian Poulter 12.55 Aaron Wise Dean Burmester 13.05 Russell Henley Dylan Frittelli 13.15 Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau 13.25 Trey Mullinax Tyrrell Hatton 13.35 Shane Lowry, Brian Harman 13.45 Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner 14.00 Jordan Spieth Patrick Cantlay 14.10 Adam Scott Matthew Fitzpatrick 14.20 Dustin Johnson Tommy Fleetwood 14.30 Scottie Scheffler Si Woo Kim 14.40 Cameron Young Cameron Smith 14.50 Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland. The Open returns to St Andrews for the first time since 2015, with the world’s greatest players competing for the Claret Jug on the Old Course, the oldest and most famous golf course in the world.. The world No.1 has won a further three PGA tournaments this year, and is on course for one of the greatest seasons golf has ever seen.. The top 50 players on the current Golf World Rankings all qualify in this way, as do the top 10 players from the previous British Open Championship.. All players who have won one of the other three majors in the previous five years also receive an exemption, as do the top 30 players from previous year’s PGA Tour money list and those on the European Order of Merit.. Harry Vardon (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914) has won The Open Championship more times than anybody else, though curiously, he never lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews.

Either way, the frontman for the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf genuinely applied for an exemption to play the Open, 13 years after playing his last major.. This week, he won’t even be let in past the door.. Anyone who is anybody in men’s golf will be in attendance, from Tiger Woods, who is eyeing a third title at St Andrews and supported Norman’s snub on Tuesday , to Jack Nicklaus, who farewelled the hallowed grounds in 2005 but has been drawn back by the gravity of the occasion.. The snub shows just how far Norman’s already-fractured reputation with the golfing establishment has slumped.. Norman has wanted to work with golf’s established tours, not against them — or at least that’s his public stance — instead of becoming public enemy No.1.. Only 14 players have ever won the Open Championship multiple times in the four-major era.. Norman kisses the Claret Jug in 1993.Source: Getty ImagesWhat Norman’s playing legacy should be, however, has been made a moot point by his involvement with the Saudi Arabian government and LIV Golf.. Norman might be right about many things in his long-running battle with the PGA Tour.. Norman’s mission in fronting LIV Golf is also a noble one; he says he wants to grow the game across the world and give players more freedom.. And that’s to say nothing of the LIV Golf broadcasters and backroom staff who are now all making a living off Saudi money as well.. “First of all, Greg Norman is an icon in the game of golf.. “Unfortunately, he and I just don’t see eye-to-eye in what’s going on (with LIV Golf).. “I believe it’s the right thing,” Woods said of Norman’s snub.. “I know Greg tried to do this back in the early ’90s,’’ Woods went on.. What the European Tour and what the PGA Tour stand for and what they’ve done … and all the governing bodies of the game of golf and all the major championships, how they run it, I think they see it differently than what Greg sees it.”

Here are my best and worse buys of the week, plus five other golfers I’ll try to fit into my player pool for the 2022 Open Championship.. McIlroy hasn’t finished outside the top 10 at a Major Championship this year, and the Old Course is arguably the best setup for him on the schedule.. Those second shots have been valuable for McIlroy who is gaining 30.05 strokes on approach over his last seven starts, per the RickRunGood.com golf database.. That’s why his Open Championship history includes a win and three more top-10 finishes in his past six starts.. The majority of those gains are coming via the ball-striking categories, but he’s now gained strokes around-the-green in four straight starts.. He’s only played four events since January, but he’s made the cut in each of his past three and has found the weekend in five of his last six Open Championships.. That’s jarring considering he hadn’t lost strokes once in that category from the 2019 TOUR Championship to the 2022 PGA Championship.. The concern is sloppy play at the Scottish Open, where he lost three strokes from tee-to-green, per the RickRunGood.com golf database.. His best Open Championship finish was last year (33rd), and he went MC, T51, MC in his other three career starts.. He’d already qualified through great play around the world, including a win on the Asian Tour, a T-17 at the Byron Nelson and a 23rd-place finish at the U.S. Open.

Xander Schauffele is heading into the 2022 Open Championship with as much momentum as any golfer in the 2022 Open Championship field.. Schauffele and Jon Rahm (14-1) have the second-shortest odds in Open Championship 2022 the field behind Rory McIlroy, who is the 9-1 favorite.. McClure's model included Thomas in its best bets to win the 2022 PGA Championship.. At the 2022 Masters, McClure's model was all over Scheffler's first career major championship victory heading into the weekend.. In addition, McClure's best bets included Collin Morikawa winning outright at the 2021 Open Championship, even though he was a massive 40-1 long shot.. The model was also all over Rahm's (10-1) first career major championship victory at the 2021 U.S. Open.. One huge shocker the model is calling for at the Open Championship 2022: Rory McIlroy, the 2022 British Open favorite at 9-1, falls short of winning it all and barely finishes inside the top three.. So who will win the Open Championship 2022?. Check out the 2022 Open Championship odds below and then , all from the model that's nailed eight golf majors, including this year's Masters.. Poston 100-1 Paul Casey 100-1 Mito Pereira 100-1 Thomas Pieters 100-1 Lucas Herbert 100-1 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 100-1 Webb Simpson 100-1 Cameron Tringale 100-1 Keegan Bradley 100-1 Harold Varner 100-1 Victor Perez 100-1 Adrian Meronk 125-1 Keith Mitchell 125-1 Aaron Wise 125-1 Haotong Li 125-1 Danny Willett 125-1 Jordan Smith 125-1 Padraig Harrington 125-1 Talor Gooch 125-1 Kurt Kitayama 125-1 Jason Kokrak 150-1 Sebastian Munoz 150-1 Russell Henley 150-1 Joohyung Kim 150-1 Si-Woo Kim 150-1 Brian Harman 150-1 Kevin Na 150-1 Sahith Theegala 150-1 Francesco Molinari 150-1 Kevin Kisner 150-1 Min Woo Lee 150-1 Lee Westwood 150-1 Thomas Detry 175-1 Bernd Wiesberger 175-1 Harris English 175-1 Erik van Rooyen 175-1 Sam Horsfield 175-1 Dean Burmester 175-1 Nicolai Hojgaard 200-1 Chris Kirk 200-1 Justin Harding 200-1 Phil Mickelson 200-1 Mackenzie Hughes 200-1 Pablo Larrazabal 200-1 Luke List 200-1 Stewart Cink 200-1 Tom Hoge 200-1 Ian Poulter 200-1 Dylan Frittelli 200-1 Emiliano Grillo 200-1 Kyoung-Hoon Lee 200-1 Henrik Stenson 200-1 Adri Arnaus 200-1 Richard Bland 250-1 Garrick Higgo 250-1 Guido Migliozzi 250-1 Wyndham Clark 250-1 Laurie Canter 250-1 Alexander Bjork 250-1 Takumi Kanaya 250-1 Matthew Jordan 250-1 Jason Scrivener 250-1 Zach Johnson 250-1 Richard Mansell 250-1 Brandon Wu 300-1 Fabrizio Zanotti 300-1 Thriston Lawrence 300-1 Trey Mullinax 300-1 Sepp Straka 300-1 Jamie Donaldson 300-1 John Catlin 300-1 Marcus Armitage 300-1 Shaun Norris 300-1 Kazuki Higa 400-1 Scott Vincent 400-1 Chan Kim 500-1 Ashley Chesters 500-1 Keita Nakajima 500-1 Yuto Katsuragawa 500-1 Dimitrios Papadatos 500-1 David Law 500-1 Sadom Kaewkanjana 500-1 Ben Campbell 500-1 Sihwan Kim 500-1 Lars Van Meijel 500-1 Shugo Imahira 500-1 Zander Lombard 500-1 Ernie Els 500-1 Brad Kennedy 500-1 Marco Penge 750-1 Mingyu Cho 750-1 Robert Dinwiddie 750-1 Anthony Quayle 750-1 Matthew Griffin 750-1 Minkyu Kim 750-1 Matt Ford 750-1 Aaron Jarvis 1000-1 John Parry 1000-1 Oliver Farr 1000-1 David Carey 1000-1 Paul Lawrie 1000-1 Aldrich Potgieter 1000-1 Jediah Morgan 1000-1 Barclay Brown 1000-1 Ronan Mullarney 1000-1 Jack Floydd 1000-1 Mark Calcavecchia 1000-1 Darren Clarke 1000-1 Filippo Celli 1000-1 David Duval 1000-1 Jorge Fernandez-Valdes 1000-1 John Daly 1000-1 Stephen Dodd 1000-1 Alex Wrigley 1000-1 Sam Bairstow 1000-1 Justin De Los Santos 1000-1 Jamie Rutherford 1000-1

The following four amateurs have earned exemptions into The Open through their prior Championship victories: –. The Amateur Champion 2022 – Aldrich POTGIETER (RSA). The European Amateur Champion 2022 – Filippo CELLI (ITA). The Mark H. McCormack Medal (WAGR) winner 2021 – Keita NAKAJIMA (JAP). The Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion 2021 – Keita NAKAJIMA (JAP). The Latin America Amateur Champion 2022 – Aaron JARVIS (CAY). Amateur Non-QualifiersT7 Calum SCOTT (Nairn, SCO) EUROPEAN AMATEUR TOP 4 – 70, 74 (Ev)T12 Angus CARRICK (Craigielaw, SCO) SCOTTISH CLOSED AMATEUR ’21 – 75, 70 (+1)T14 George ASH (Hallowes, SCO) LINDRICK RQ – 74, 72 (+2)T21 Sandy SCOTT (Nairn, SCO) PANMURE RQ – 77, 71 (+4)T27 Liam DUNCAN (Dunnikier Park, SCO) PANMURE RQ – 76, 74 (+6)T31 Alejandro RODRIGUEZ ANDREU (ESP) FAIRHAVEN RQ – 75, 76 (+7)T33 John PATERSON (New Club St Andrews, SCO) PANMURE RQ – 77, 75 (+8)T33 Peter O’KEEFFE (Douglas, IRL) IRISH CLOSED AMATEUR ’21 – 78, 74 (+8)T33 Jack BROOKS (The Mere, ENG) CALDY RQ – 76, 76 (+8)T38 Jack MCPHAIL (Southport & Ainsdale, ENG) FAIRHAVEN RQ – 81, 72 (+9)T46 George LEVERSUCH (South Herts, ENG) FRILFORD HEATH RQ Res 21 – 80, 76 (+12)51st Alex WALKER (Rochdale, ENG) ALWOODLEY RQ Res 4 – 79, 79 (+14)52nd Alan BERRINGTON (Drumoig, SCO) PANMURE RQ – 76, 83 (+15)T53 Joseph MURRAY (Blundells Hill, ENG) FAIRHAVEN RQ Res 23 – 80, 81 (+17)T53 Ben MURRAY (Portlethen, SCO) PANMURE RQ – 81, 80 (+17)T55 Ross NOON (The Renaissance Club, SCO) GOSWICK RQ Res 19 – 79, 83 (+18)T55 Austin LEMIEUX (USA) BURHILL RQ – 83, 79 (+18)T58 George HOLLAND (Southport & Ainsdale, ENG) CALDY RQ Res 1 – 80, 83 (+19)60th Cameron BRIDGER (Maxstoke Park, ENG) KEDLESTON PARK RQ – 84, 80 (+20)62nd Thomas FINNEGAN (County Sligo, IRL) PANMURE RQ – 81, 85 (+22)DQ Mateo FERNANDEZ DE OLIVEIRA (ARG) LATIN-AMERICA AM RUNNER-UP ’22 – 78, DQ (DQ)WD Jamie DEAN (Carmarthen, WAL) MINCHINHAMPTON RQ Res 35 – 77, WD (WD). Amateur Non-QualifiersT17 Matt GAUNTLETT (West Herts, ENG) MOOR PARK RQ – 72, 77 (+5)T29 Oliver TOYER (St Neots, ENG) NORTHANTS COUNTY RQ – 77, 76 (+9)T38 Joshua ASHTON (Kedleston Park, ENG) KEDLESTON PARK RQ – 78, 77 (+11)T38 Thomas HARBORD (Castle Eden, ENG) LINDRICK RQ – 76, 79 (+11)T44 Markus BRAADLIE (NOR) MOOR PARK RQ Res 20 – 81, 75 (+12)T53 Freddie MACARTHUR (Ullesthorpe Court, ENG) NORTHANTS COUNTY RQ – 80, 80 (+16)T53 Jake HIBBERT (Delamere Forrest, ENG) FAIRHAVEN RQ – 79, 81 (+16)T57 Callum MACFIE (Lindrick, ENG) LINDRICK RQ Res 15 – 79, 82 (+17)59th Pablo BANKI (ARG) BURHILL RQ Res 2 – 78, 85 (+19)WD Tom WILDE (The Lambourne, ENG) THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RQ – WD, WD (WD)DQ Darren COOP (Hallowes, ENG) KEDDLESTON PARK RQ Res 24 – 80, DQ (DQ)WD Darren LLOYD (Toft, ENG) KEDLESTON PARK RQ – WD, WD (WD)WD Kristian TOWERS (Crewe, ENG) CALDY RQ Res 30 – WD, WD (WD). Amateur Non-QualifiersT9 Hayden HOPEWELL (AUS) WAGR – 71, 72 (-1)T9 Laurenz SCHIERGEN (GER) AMATEUR CHAMP QF ’22 – 70, 73 (-1)T19 Max CHARLES (AUS) AMATEUR CHAMP QF ’22 – 75, 70 (+1)T19 Ryan MOODY (Stoneham, ENG) THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RQ – 71, 74 (+1)T32 John GOUGH (The Berkshire, ENG) ENGLISH CLOSED AMATEUR ’21 – 70, 78 (+4)T32 Harvey BYERS (Walton Heath, ENG) THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RQ – 77, 71 (+4)T39 Aadam SYED (Foxholes, ENG) BURHILL RQ – 75, 74 (+5)49th Jay BEISSER (The Rayleigh Club, ENG) FRILFORD HEATH RQ Res 10 – 77, 74 (+7)T50 Jack BIGHAM (Harpenden, ENG) BRITISH BOYS ’21 – 74, 78 (+8)T54 Christian BANKE (USA) WAGR – 77, 76 (+9)T60 Daniel ROBERTS (The London Club, ENG) ROCHESTER & COBHAM PARK RQ – 82, 76 (+13). Amateur Non-QualifiersT8 Robert MORAN (Castle, IRL) COUNTY LOUTH RQ – 69, 72 (-3)T8 Casey JARVIS (RSA) WAGR – 69, 72 (-3)T11 Fred BIONDI (BRA) LATIN-AMERICA AM RUNNER-UP ’22 – 69, 73 (-2)T11 George MASON (Wath, ENG) LINDRICK RQ – 72, 70 (-2)T14 Dan BRADBURY (Wakefield, ENG) WAGR – 65, 78 (-1)T21 Seán KEELING (Roganstown, IRL) COUNTY LOUTH RQ – 74, 70 (Ev)T23 Luis MASAVEU (ESP) WAGR – 70, 75 (+1)T27 Steven CAPPER (Royal Liverpool, ENG) CALDY RQ – 72, 74 (+2)T27 Taichi KHO (HKG) ASIA-PACIFIC AM RUNNER-UP ’22 – 74, 72 (+2)T27 Segundo OLIVA PINTO (ARG) WAGR – 74, 72 (+2)T32 Connor BELL (Royal Blackheath, ENG) ROCHESTER & COBHAM PARK RQ – 75, 72 (+3)T37 Alex MAGUIRE (Laytown & Bettystown, IRL) AMATEUR CHAMP QF ’22 – 72, 76 (+4)T42 Ben QUINNEY (Kings Hill, ENG) ROCHESTER & COBHAM PARK RQ – 70, 80 (+6)44th Danny JONES (Wildernesse, ENG) ROCHESTER & COBHAM PARK RQ – 73, 78 (+7)T45 James NASH (Ormskirk, WAL) FAIRHAVEN RQ Res 8 – 77, 75 (+8)T45 Thomas ABOM (Edmondstown, IRL) COUNTY LOUTH RQ – 77, 75 (+8)T45 Reece CRANFIELD (Wigan, ENG) CALDY RQ – 76, 76 (+8)T49 Robert NOON (Mount Murray, IoM) LINDRICK RQ – 81, 73 (+10)T49 Daniel THOMAS (Ilkley, ENG) ALWOODLEY RQ – 78, 76 (+10)T55 Henry DRAKE (Calcot Park, ENG) FRILFORD HEATH RQ – 79, 80 (+15)T55 Jasper STUBBS (AUS) FAIRHAVEN RQ – 80, 79 (+15)T55 Laurens SCHULZE-DOERING (MLT) BURHILL RQ – 78, 81 (+15)59th Jon BEESLEY (The Mere, ENG) CALDY RQ – 85, 78 (+19)60th Thomas MATTHEWS (Aldersey Green, WAL) WELSH CLOSED AMATEUR ’21 – 87, 78 (+21). Leading Amateurs T6 Daniel THOMAS (Ilkley, ENG) 71 Ev QUALIFIEDT10 Alex WALKER (Rochdale, ENG) 72 +1 Res 4 after 1-from-6 play-off > QUALIFIEDT10 Callum BRUCE (Elsham, ENG) 72 +1 Res 34 after 1-from-6 play-off T10 Jack SALLIS (Hollinwell, ENG) 74 +3 Res 57 after 1-from-6 play-off. Leading Amateurs 1st Jon BEESLEY (The Mere, ENG) 67 -5 QUALIFIEDT4 Reece CRANFIELD (Wigan, ENG) 69 -3 QUALIFIEDT4 Steven CAPPER (Royal Liverpool, ENG) 69 -3 QUALIFIEDT8 Jack BROOKS (The Mere, ENG) 70 -2 QUALIFIED after 2-from 4 play-offT8 George HOLLAND (Southport & Ainsdale, ENG) 70 -2 Res 1 after 2-from 4 play-off > QUALIFIEDT8 Kristian TOWERS (Crewe, ENG) 70 -2 Res 30 after 2-from 4 play-off T12 John CARROLL (Huyton & Prescot, ENG) 71 -1 Res 61. Leading Amateurs 1st Jack MCPHAIL (Southport & Ainsdale, ENG) 69 -3 QUALIFIEDT2 Jasper STUBBS (Australia) 70 -2 QUALIFIEDT2 Alejandro RODRIGUEZ ANDREU (Spain) 70 -2 QUALIFIEDT10 Jake HIBBERT (Delamere Forest, ENG) 73 +1 QUALIFIED after 1-from-7 play-offT10 James NASH (Ormskirk, WAL) 73 +1 Res 8 after 1-from-7 play-off > QUALIFIEDT10 Joseph MURRAY (Blundells Hill, ENG) 73 +1 Res 23 after 1-from-7 play-off T10 Michael DOWNES (The Mere, ENG) 73 +1 Res 38 after 1-from-7 play-off T10 Mathew LEVER (ENG / AUS) 73 +1 Res 53 after 1-from-7 play-off. Leading Amateurs T10 Henry DRAKE (Calcot Park, ENG) 71 -1 QUALIFIED after 1-from-4 play-offT10 Jay BEISSER (The Rayleigh Club, ENG) 71 -1 Res 10 after 1-from-4 play-off T10 George LEVERSUCH (South Herts, ENG) 71 -1 Res 21 after 1-from-4 play-off. Leading Amateurs T8 Ross NOON (The Renaissance Club, SCO) 70 -2 Res 19 after 3-from-8 play-off T8 William WILKINSON (The Northumberland, ENG) 70 -2 Res 49after 3-from-8 play-off T8 Joseph ROBSON (Hexham, ENG) 70 -2 Res 72after 3-from-8 play-off T16 Andrew BENSON (West Lothian, SCO) 71 -1* Res 79. Leading Amateurs T5 Darryn LLOYD (Toft, ENG) 70 E QUALIFIEDT5 Joshua ASHTON (Kedleston Park, ENG) 70 Par QUALIFIEDT10 Cameron BRIDGER (Maxstoke Park, ENG) 71 +1 QUALIFIED after 1-from-6 play-offT10 Darren COOP (Hallowes, ENG) 71 +1 Res 24 after 1-from-6 play-off T10 Daniel HAYES (Bramhall, ENG) 71 +1 Res 37 after 1-from-6 play-off. Leading Amateurs 2nd George MASON (Wath, ENG) 68 -2 QUALIFIEDT3 Thomas HARBORD (Castle Eden, ENG) 69 -1 QUALIFIEDT5 George ASH (Hallowes, ENG) 71 +1 QUALIFIEDT7 Robbie NOON (Mount Murray, IoM) 72 +2 QUALIFIED after 1-from-5 play-offT7 Callum MACFIE (Lindrick, ENG) 72 +2 Res 15 after 1-from-5 play-off T7 Thomas OSBORNE (Lindrick, ENG) 72 +2 Res 46 after 1-from-5 play-off T12 Michael MCGUINNESS (Phoenix, ENG) 73 +3 Res 75. Leading Amateurs T2 Freddie MACARTHUR (Ullesthorpe Court, ENG) 66 -4 QUALIFIEDT4 Oliver TOYER (St Neots, ENG) 68 -2 QUALIFIEDT13 Will GALLIMORE (Porters Park, ENG) 70 Ev Res 39 T13 Ben BOLTON (Enville, ENG) 70 Ev Res 69. Leading Amateurs T4 Daniel ROBERTS (The London Club, ENG) 70 -1 QUALIFIEDT4 Ben QUINNEY (Kings Hill, ENG) 70 -1 QUALIFIEDT8 Danny JONES (Wildernesse, ENG) 71 Ev QUALIFIED after 3-from-5 play-offT8 Connor BELL (Royal Blackheath, ENG) 71 Ev QUALIFIED after 3-from-5 play-offT13 Ben DAVIES (Royal Epping Forest, ENG) 72 +1 Res 58 T13 Shaun MACKLIN (Rochester & Cobham, ENG) 72 +1 Res 63 T13 Jack LEE (Rochester & Cobham Park, ENG) 72 +1

While the win equity at Open Championships has proven to be tied up with the OWGR top-40, there’s still plenty of viable high placement options towards the bottom of the board.. Below we’ll look at potential British Open picks and dig in deep as we look for sleepers in this week’s golf odds .. Below, find my favorite value leverage plays and longshots for the 2022 Open Championship.. You can question Im’s form on the heels of back-to-back missed cuts at the U.S. Open and Scottish Open, which explain this price.. Im missed the cut in his only prior appearance at the Open back in his rookie season.. Im won earlier this season at the Shriners Open and has finished top 35 in each of his first seven career starts in desert conditions.. He ranks top 20 in British Open History, Comp Course History, SG: TOT (High Winds) and SG: ARG (Tight lie conditions).. If conditions are anything like what we saw at the Scottish Open, he can follow that same path to victory at very palatable odds.. One week removed from a T47 at the Scottish Open ($8,500), Fox now plummets down to $7,100.. He played here at the 2015 Open Championship where he finished a respectable T49.. His history at the Open Championship is solid as well, making it through the cut in four out of five career appearances, including a T16 in 2019.. Although his past links results don’t jump off the page, this remains an appealing price tag for a player who, without form, has displayed a solid T50 floor in links conditions.. Kirk has been a model of consistency OTT, gaining strokes in all 20 events played in the 2022 season entering last week’s Scottish Open.. In 2021, he made it through the cut in four out of five PGA TOUR starts, including a T15 at the Puerto Rico Open.. Over his last four starts, he’s recorded T17 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, T23 at the U.S. Open, and T3 at the Scottish Open.

After Cameron Young eagled the 18th and McIlroy was unable to birdie the hole, McIlroy ended up in solo third place at -18.. This year’s Open Championship could be the final one where LIV players can rely on world golf rankings to qualify.. Smith posted the lowest 36-hole score to par in the history of the Open Championship at -13.. Young was two strokes back, and McIlroy and a surging Hovland were three.. McIlroy and Hovland switched places with the Cams, taking over the lead heading into Sunday.

The top-rated golf betting sites have pegged the following players with the best chances at winning The Open:. It last hosted the open in 2015, an event won by Zach Johnson, who is a longshot to win once more per the oddsmakers.. Two tourneys — Scottish Open and the Barbasol Championship — will take place that weekend as one final tune-up before the golf major.. It must be noted that despite suspensions from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, players who have signed with the LIV Golf Series will be permitted to play in the Open .. This run includes a major win at the Masters, plus a second-place outing at the US Open.. The ongoing drama between PGA and LIV has made major golf events all the more must-watch, which remains the case at The Open.

Cameron Smith's 30 on the back nine is the lowest score over a closing nine holes by an Open winner in history.. But Cameron Smith simply made birdie after birdie after birdie, five in a row at one point.. Cameron Young eagles the 18th to tie Cameron Smith at -19.. After a stupendous approach, Rory McIlroy misses his birdie chance at the 17th, just as Cameron Smith goes up to the 18th.. As we started the final day, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Norway’s Victor Hovland led the way on -16 after three rounds.. Cameron Smith sinks his fourth birdie in a row, to go 18 under, joining Rory McIlroy at the top of the leaderboard!. Rory McIlroy responds immediately to the chase by Cameron Smith, sinking a birdie putt of his own!. Cameron Smith's short game is on point today, sinking a birdie putt to go to -16, one stroke back of the leader Rory McIlroy.. McIlroy and Hovland have been flirting with extending their leads at the top of the leaderboard but have, at least, held firm with opening pars.. Going into the final round on Sunday, only one LIV player, Dustin Johnson, is within touching distance of McIlroy and Hovland , so it appears it will be PGA 1, LIV 0, when the final ball is holed.. 3.20pm: Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood 3.30pm: Si Woo Kim and Scottie Scheffler 3.40pm: Cameron Young and Cameron Smith 3.50pm: Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland

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