The Open 2021: Major stats ahead of this week's event in Kent

Royal St George's is the most southerly course on the R&A's Open rota
The Open returns to Royal St George's for the first time in 10 years

Your major championship analysis for the 149th Open at Royal St George's. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"During this memorable 12 months of major championship golf, Jon Rahm has certainly been the standout player. He is the only pro to have posted top-10s in each of the last four majors, culminating in last month's victory at the US Open."

This week's Open Championship brings down the curtain on what has been an incredible 12 months for major championship golf.

Because of the global pandemic, last year's three American majors were all re-scheduled between early-August and mid-November.

All of which meant that in the space of 11 months and 10 days, there would be seven major titles up for grabs.

So far, during this period, there have been no repeat champions, with four of the six tournaments crowning golfers who were winning a major for the first time.

During this memorable 12 months of major championship golf, Jon Rahm has certainly been the standout player, and is currently enjoying a hot streak of form.

He is the only pro to have posted top-10s in each of the last four majors, culminating in last month's victory at the US Open.

And if he hadn't been forced to quit the Memorial Tournament in early June after testing positive for Covid - while holding a six-stroke lead through 54 holes - he would most probably be the World No 1 going into this week's Open Championship.

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Two other pros who continue to show a high level of consistency in major championships are Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.

But while Schauffele is still waiting for his maiden triumph at this level, Koepka is searching for major title No 5.

Both have posted top-four finishes in The Open: Schauffele was runner-up to Francesco Molinari three years ago, while three of Koepka's last four visits to the British Isles have yielded T10s.

South African challenge

A resurgent Louis Oosthuizen has registered a trio of podium finishes in majors since last September and must be considered a serious contender this weekend.

The South African won The Open 11 years ago, while also losing a play-off five years later.

As for golfers who are reasonably new to major championships, Scottie Scheffler has certainly impressed.

Over the past 12 months he has the third-best stroke average in majors, behind the players who currently occupy No 1 and No 2 in the World Ranking - Dustin Johnson and Rahm.

The 25-year-old from Texas was tied-12th in Scotland on Sunday, thanks to rounds of 72-63-67-69 - an excellent debut on a British coastal course.

Finally, from a British perspective, Paul Casey has been in good form this year, with a string of top-10s in big tournaments.

These include the US Open, PGA Championship and Players Championship, which followed a European Tour victory in Dubai early in the year.

The Englishman turns 44 next week, and with age seemingly less of a barrier than a couple of decades ago, Casey might be worth an e/w flutter.

Stroke Averages
Last 12 Months In The Majors
70.33: Jon Rahm (24)
70.35: Dustin Johnson (20)
70.45: Scottie Scheffler (20)
70.50: Xander Schauffele (22)
70.56: Brooks Koepka (18)
70.63: Louis Oosthuizen (24)
70.71: Patrick Reed (24)
70.82: Collin Morikawa (22)
70.88: Bryson DeChambeau (24)
70.92: Paul Casey (24)
Min. No. of Rounds = 10

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Most Top-6s in Majors
Since Jan 1st, 2018
8: Brooks Koepka
6: Dustin Johnson
6: Xander Schauffele
5: Jon Rahm
4: Tony Finau

Most Top-10s in Majors
Since Jan 1st, 2018
9: Tony Finau
9: Brooks Koepka
8: Jon Rahm
8: Xander Schauffele
7: Dustin Johnson
7: Rory McIlroy
6: Justin Rose
5: Patrick Reed

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Major Championships

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player 21U 21P 21M 20M 20U 20P 19B 19U 19P 19M
Jon Rahm 1 8 5 7 23 13 11 3 MC 9
Dustin Johnson 19 MC MC 1 6 2 51 35 2 2
Justin Thomas 19 MC 21 4 8 37 11 MC 12
Collin Morikawa 4 8 18 44 MC 1 35
Xander Schauffele 7 MC 3 17 5 10 41 3 16 2
Bryson DeChambeau 26 38 46 34 1 4 MC 35 MC 29
Brooks Koepka 4 2 MC 7 29 4 2 1 2
Patrick Cantlay 15 23 MC 17 43 43 41 21 3 9
Patrick Reed 19 17 8 10 13 13 10 32 MC 36
Tyrrell Hatton MC 38 18 MC MC MC 6 21 48 56
Rory McIlroy 7 49 MC 5 8 33 MC 9 8 21
Harris English 3 64 21 4 19 58
Louis Oosthuizen 2 2 26 23 3 33 20 7 60 29
Viktor Hovland Ret 30 21 13 33 12 32
Webb Simpson MC 30 12 10 8 37 30 16 29 5
Daniel Berger 7 75 MC 34 13 49 71
Tony Finau MC 8 10 38 8 4 3 MC 64 5
Matt Fitzpatrick 55 23 34 46 MC MC 20 12 41 21
Scottie Scheffler 7 8 18 19 4 MC
Paul Casey 7 4 26 38 17 2 57 21 29 MC
Abraham Ancer MC 8 26 13 56 43 MC 49 16
Jordan Spieth 19 30 3 46 MC 71 20 65 3 21
Jason Kokrak MC 49 49 MC 17 MC 32 23
Billy Horschel MC 23 50 38 38 43 MC 32 23 56
Joaquin Niemann 31 30 40 23 MC MC MC
Lee Westwood 46 71 MC 38 13 4 MC
Cameron Smith MC 59 10 2 38 43 20 72 64 51
Will Zalatoris MC 8 2 6
Ryan Palmer MC MC 34 MC 43 MC MC
Phil Mickelson 62 1 21 55 MC 71 MC 52 71 18
Marc Leishman 64 MC 5 13 MC MC MC 35 MC 49
Tommy Fleetwood 50 MC 46 19 MC 29 2 65 48 36
Sam Burns MC Wd 29
Corey Conners MC 17 8 10 MC MC MC 64 46
Victor Perez MC MC MC 46 MC 22
Garrick Higgo MC 64
Adam Scott 35 MC 54 34 38 22 MC 7 8 18
Max Homa MC MC MC MC MC MC 64
Stewart Cink 57 30 12 20 MC
Shane Lowry 65 4 21 25 43 66 1 28 8 MC
Justin Rose MC 8 7 23 MC 9 20 3 29 MC
Brian Harman 19 MC 12 38 58 MC MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 31 30 40 38 55 MC MC
Kevin Kisner 55 MC MC MC MC 19 30 49 MC 21
Lucas Herbert 71 31 MC 71
Sergio Garcia 19 MC MC MC MC 67 52 MC MC
Ian Poulter 40 30 26 25 MC 22 MC MC MC 12
Robert MacIntyre 35 49 12 56 66 6
Kevin Streelman 15 8 MC 58 57
Russell Henley 13 71 37
Carlos Ortiz MC 55 MC MC 52
Charley Hoffman 57 17 51 54 29
Bernd Wiesberger MC MC 40 58 43 43 32 76
Matt Wallace MC 55 34 46 43 77 51 12 3 MC
Min Woo Lee
Branden Grace 7 38 MC 51 MC MC 58
Matt Jones 65 30 26 MC MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes 15 MC 40 MC 58
Matt Kuchar MC MC MC MC MC MC 41 16 8 12
Chris Kirk MC
Gary Woodland 50 38 40 MC MC 58 MC 1 8 32
Jason Day 44 MC MC 38 4 MC 21 23 5
Brendon Todd MC MC 46 MC 23 17 MC
Thomas Detry MC MC 49
Guido Migliozzi 4
Talor Gooch 44 MC
Lanto Griffin 35 MC MC MC 43 19
Cameron Tringale MC Dq
Sebastian Munoz MC MC 40 19 59 MC
Keegan Bradley 17 MC MC MC MC 29 43
Emiliano Grillo 38 66 MC 58 23 62
Joel Dahmen 55 MC 10 MC MC 71
Lucas Glover MC 17 MC 20 MC 16
Martin Kaymer 26 MC MC MC 35 MC 51
Rikuya Hoshino 26 MC
Andy Sullivan MC MC MC
Daniel Van Tonder 44
Alex Noren 55 17 22 11 MC 54 62
Antoine Rozner MC
Takumi Kanaya MC MC MC 58
Troy Merritt 65 58 MC MC
Chan Kim MC 23 MC MC MC MC
John Catlin MC
Erik Van Rooyen MC MC Wd 23 51 20 43 8
Rickie Fowler 8 29 49 MC 6 43 36 9
Dean Burmester 59 MC
Jason Scrivener 23
Ryosuke Kinoshita
Richard Bland 50
Aaron Rai MC
Danny Willett 64 MC 25 MC MC 6 12 41 MC
Adam Hadwin 40 64 MC 54 58 57 29
Shaun Norris MC MC MC MC
Zach Johnson MC MC MC 51 8 MC MC 58 54 58
Kurt Kitayama MC MC 51 MC 64
Justin Harding MC MC 41 MC 54 12
Marcus Armitage MC
Matthias Schwab MC MC
Francesco Molinari 13 52 MC 11 16 48 5
Yuki Inamori 72
Jazz Janewattananond MC 51 MC MC MC 14
Brandt Snedeker 59 MC 51 MC 77 16 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 50 51 23 MC MC 65 71 36
Byeong Hun An 49 MC MC 22 32 16 MC
Ryan Moore MC
Henrik Stenson MC 64 38 MC MC MC 20 9 48 36
Padraig Harrington 4 MC MC
Chez Reavie 40 MC 29 MC 75 MC 3 14
Keith Mitchell 43 MC MC MC 43
Ryan Fox MC 16 MC MC
Jorge Campillo MC MC MC
Joost Luiten 51 32 64
Cheng Tsung Pan MC 7 MC MC MC MC
Marcus Kinhult MC 32
Romain Langasque 34 63
Brad Kennedy MC
JC Ritchie MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 43 MC 16
Jaco Ahlers
Johannes Veerman MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 41
Marcel Schneider
Rikard Karlberg
Paul Waring MC 63
Jimmy Walker 70 64 MC 60 MC MC MC MC 23 36
Richard T Lee
Richard Mansell
Jack Senior MC
Hao Tong Li 17 MC 52 36 43
Louis De Jager
Ryutaro Nagano
Deyen Lawson
Aaron Pike
Daniel Hillier MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Jonathan Thomson
Nicholas Poppleton
Darren Clarke MC
Poom Saksansin
Ricardo Celia
Matthias Schmid MC MC
Ben Hutchinson
Yu Xin Lin MC
Ernie Els 32 MC
Joe Long MC MC
Sam Forgan
Cole Hammer MC MC
Connor Worsdall
Abel Gallegos MC
Christoffer Bring
Sam Bairstow
Daniel Croft
Laird Shepherd
Marcel Siem
Adam Long MC 13 51 41 MC

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