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Sergio Garcia will be the Champion Golfer of the Year. Why? Because I’m getting pumped for Serge to win a major – and this is a really, really good chance. He’s in top form, winning a few starts ago at the Byron Nelson and finishing T-5th at the U.S. Open. The Open is the major that suits him best, and he has a great track record at that championship (9 out of last 15 Opens he has come in Top-10 | T-2 2014 and T-6 2015). He’s one of the best ball-strikers in the game today, which will help when the players experience the weather that is “Golf in Scotland.” The guy is named after a weather pattern for a reason (it’s better than boy).
Rory McIlroy will kind of be defending his title, since an ankle injury kept him out of the 144th Open at St. Andrews. He hasn’t been playing his best golf of late, missing the cut at the U.S. Open, although he did finish 3rd in the Open de France a couple weeks later. His up-and-down form in France gave him a high finish but no real scare for a W late on Sunday. He has warmed up for The Open by putting multiple golf federations on blast, ripping golf in the Olympics and drug testing on the PGA Tour. If he can turn that heat to the golf course, then he might have a chance at a second Open title.
Jordan Spieth has admitted he isn’t in “Boy Wonder” form that he found in 2015. He still isn’t comfortable with his swing, but does believe he has enough game to get it done on Sunday. He has been rolling the rock phenomenally (per usual), leading the field at Firestone in strokes gained putting. Whenever he has the wand working he is very tough to beat.
Jason Day (#1) is always in good form, and almost won (again) at Firestone before the Specimen snatched the title. Day left a putt short on the 72nd hole at St. Andrews last year to miss out on a playoff for the Claret Jug. The fired him up to win the RBC a week later and go on a historic tear that has him currently on top of the world. That memory may fire him up the leaderboard this week.
DJ is in fine form I’d say. Perfection, of late. Shoot, his Open record isn’t bad either. Top fifteen in 4 of 7 tries at the Open. If he finishes outside the top 5 I’d be shocked (and wouldn’t be if he won).
Colin Montgomerie qualified for The Open in the qualifying series just a few weeks ago. He grew up in the town near Royal Troon (vague, I know…somewhere really close) and his father was formerly the Secretary of Royal Troon. Monty considers it home, and that’s pretty darn cool. Fun fact: he went to college at Houston Baptist University.