The Open

The Open Championship 2023: Player form stats from the last 10 Majors

Royal Liverpool Golf Club last hosted The Open Championship in 2014
An aerial view of Royal Liverpool's 18th hole

The final major championship of 2023 tees-off this Thursday on the Merseyside coast. Andy Swales assesses the form of a dozen leading contenders for the title ...


Once again, the leading members of the breakaway LIV Tour return to the 'traditional schedule' to face the world's best golfers in a major tournament.

This time it's the oldest major of them all - The Open Championship - which takes place at Royal Liverpool.

In the opening three majors of 2023, the LIV 'outcasts' certainly held their own.

So will their form hold up again on an old-fashioned English links?

Here are 12 Open hopefuls to ponder:

Tommy Fleetwood 18/119.00: Was born 30 miles up the coast in Southport, so many will consider the 32-year-old as the 'local hopeful' this week. Was runner-up in The Open four years ago, and tied-fourth last year. Lost a play-off at last month's PGA Tour event in Canada, and tied-sixth on Sunday in Scotland.

Rickie Fowler 20/121.00: Born-again Rickie contended at last month's US Open where he was tied-for-the-lead thru 54 holes. Won the 2015 Scottish Open on a links course and warmed up for this week's major by finishing tied-42nd at the Renaissance Club on Sunday.

Tyrrell Hatton 20/121.00: The world No 13 tends to float slightly under the radar, despite his status in world golf. Eight top 10s this year, including runner-up at the Players Championship. Has twice won on the links of the Old Course, St Andrews.

Brooks Koepka 20/121.00: The LIV Tour's biggest star who won May's PGA Championship to claim major title No 5. Winner on the Saudi-backed tour in April, the American has posted a trio of top-six finishes in The Open.

Shane Lowry 25/126.00: The consistent Irishman who won The Open pre-Covid. His last four major starts have all produced top-25 finishes, and the 36-year-old tied-12th in Scotland on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy 11/26.50: Endured more major pain at last month's US Open where he finished second, one stroke behind champion Wyndham Clark. He led last year's Open going into the back nine of the final round, only for Cameron Smith's birdie-blitz to put an end to his chances. Yet the 34-year-old is likely to contend at the course where he won nine years ago. His victory in Scotland on Sunday returned him to world No 2.

Collin Morikawa 25/126.00: The 2021 Open champion from Sandwich. Enjoyed his best performance for six months, when he tied-second last time out in Detroit.

Jon Rahm 10/111.00: The world No 2 has gone off the boil in recent weeks, but will certainly be backed by plenty of punters these next few days. He stood on The Open podium two years ago, and the Spaniard has twice won the Irish Open at links venues.

Justin Rose 33/134.00: Interesting to see that Betfair contributor Dave Tindall has ranked the Englishman joint-first in his pre-Open 10-year trends article. Rose returned to winning ways earlier this year at Pebble Beach. And it was a few miles further north from Hoylake where, as a 17-year-old amateur in 1998, he finished a remarkable fourth in The Open at Royal Birkdale.

Scottie Scheffler 6/17.00: World No 1 and certainly deserves this accolade. His three major outings in 2023 read: 3-2-10. Over the past two months his seven starts have all yielded top-five finishers.

Cameron Smith 14/115.00]: The defending champion is in good shape. He tied-ninth at the PGA Championship in May, and was fourth at the US Open last month. Has competed this year on the LIV Tour, posting a trio of podium finishes that includes a victory just two weeks ago. His 27 LIV rounds this season have come at an average of 68.19, which is better than anyone else, including Brooks Koepka.

Jordan Spieth 25/126.00: Despite not being the player he was a few years back, still tends to play well in The Open. Winner at Royal Birkdale in 2017, since when his last four appearances in the tournament have yielded finishes of 8-2-20-9.

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Stroke Averages


Lowest 16 in Majors (Since Jan-1st-2020)
Average .... (Rounds)
69.80: Scottie Scheffler (50)
70.23: Rory McIlroy (52)
70.30: Jon Rahm (56)
70.42: Xander Schauffele (52)
70.46: Collin Morikawa (52)
70.65: Brooks Koepka (46)
70.65: Cameron Smith (52)
70.72: Dustin Johnson (50)
70.72: Viktor Hovland (47)
70.95: Louis Oosthuizen (38)
71.04: Hideki Matsuyama (52)
71.04: Bryson DeChambeau (48)
71.12: Min Woo Lee (26)
71.13: Cameron Young (24)
71.14: Tommy Fleetwood (50)
71.14: Jordan Spieth (50)
Min. No. of Rounds = 24
Only those entered this week are included in table

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Last 10 Majors

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player 23U 23P 23M 22B 22U 22P 22M 21B 21U 21P
Scottie Scheffler 3 2 10 21 2 MC 1 8 7 8
Rory McIlroy 2 7 MC 3 5 8 2 46 7 49
Jon Rahm 10 50 1 34 12 48 27 3 1 8
Patrick Cantlay 14 9 14 8 14 MC 39 MC 15 23
Viktor Hovland 19 2 7 4 MC 41 27 12 Wd 30
Xander Schauffele 10 18 10 15 14 13 MC 26 7 MC
Cameron Smith 4 9 34 1 MC 13 3 33 MC 59
Max Homa MC 55 43 MC 47 13 48 40 MC MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 17 MC 10 21 1 5 14 26 55 23
Jordan Spieth MC 29 4 8 37 34 MC 2 19 30
Wyndham Clark 1 MC 76 MC MC 75
Brooks Koepka 17 1 2 MC 55 55 MC 6 4 2
Tyrrell Hatton 27 15 34 11 56 13 52 MC MC 38
Tony Finau 32 72 26 28 MC 30 35 15 MC 8
Keegan Bradley MC 29 23 MC 7 48 MC 17
Sam Burns 32 MC 29 42 27 20 MC 76 MC Wd
Cameron Young 32 MC 7 2 MC 3 MC MC
Collin Morikawa 14 26 10 MC 5 55 5 1 4 8
Justin Thomas MC 65 MC 53 37 1 8 40 19 MC
Rickie Fowler 5 MC 23 53 8
Tommy Fleetwood 5 18 33 4 MC 5 14 33 50 MC
Sung Jae Im MC MC 16 81 MC 8 35 17
Kurt Kitayama MC 4 MC 72 MC MC MC
Joo Hyung Kim 8 MC 16 47 23 MC
Jason Day MC MC 39 55 MC 44
Sepp Straka MC 7 46 MC MC 78 30
Brian Harman 43 MC MC 6 43 34 MC 19 19 MC
Justin Rose MC 9 16 37 13 MC 46 MC 8
Shane Lowry 20 12 16 21 MC 23 3 12 65 4
Hideki Matsuyama 32 29 16 68 4 60 14 26 23
Denny McCarthy 20 29 7 48 59
Sahith Theegala 27 40 9 34 MC
Corey Conners MC 12 MC 28 MC MC 6 15 MC 17
Russell Henley 14 MC 4 62 MC 60 30 MC 13 71
Si Woo Kim 39 MC 29 15 MC 60 39 40 MC
Harris English 8 MC 43 MC 61 46 3 64
Adam Scott MC 29 39 15 14 MC 48 46 35 MC
Chris Kirk MC 29 23 42 5 MC MC
Joaquin Niemann 32 MC 16 53 47 23 35 59 31 30
Emiliano Grillo MC MC MC 12 38
Tom Hoge MC 58 MC MC MC 9 39 46 64
Ryan Fox 43 23 26 MC MC 54 67
Billy Horschel 43 MC 52 21 MC 68 43 53 MC 23
Adam Schenk MC MC 24 41
Nick Taylor MC MC MC
Min Woo Lee 5 18 MC 21 27 MC 14 MC
Taylor Moore MC 72 39
Adrian Meronk MC 40 MC 42 MC
Seamus Power MC MC 46 MC 12 9 27
Patrick Reed 56 18 4 47 49 34 35 MC 19 17
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 29 23 MC 37 41 MC MC MC
Robert MacIntyre MC 34 77 23 8 35 49
Lucas Herbert MC 40 15 MC 13 MC MC 71
Pablo Larrazabal MC 65 MC MC
JT Poston MC 40 34 MC 40 MC
Brendon Todd MC MC MC MC
Andrew Putnam 43 MC 31
Abraham Ancer 54 MC 39 11 9 MC 59 MC 8
Alexander Noren MC MC MC MC MC MC 55
Victor Perez MC 12 34 MC MC MC MC
Thomas Pieters MC 40 48 28 27 71 MC MC
Gary Woodland 49 MC 14 MC 10 34 MC MC 50 38
Dustin Johnson 10 55 48 6 24 MC 12 8 19 MC
Thriston Lawrence MC 62 42
Scott Stallings MC MC 26 MC MC
Davis Riley MC 31 13
Byeong Hun An 26 49
Rasmus Hojgaard MC 79
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 68 MC 44 53 31 30
Phil Mickelson MC 58 2 MC MC MC 62 1
Adrian Otaegui MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC MC
Talor Gooch MC 34 34 MC 20 14 33 44
Jordan Smith 20 MC 47 MC
Thomas Detry 40 34 MC MC MC
David Lingmerth MC 49
Alexander Bjork MC
Bryson DeChambeau 20 4 MC 8 56 MC 33 26 38
Yannik Paul 69 MC
Nicolai Hojgaard 50 53 MC
Trey Mullinax MC 21
Adri Arnaus MC 76 MC 30
Ben Griffin MC
Callum Shinkwin MC
Lee Hodges 55
Takumi Kanaya MC MC MC MC MC
Kazuki Higa 76 MC MC
Ewen Ferguson
Danny Willett MC MC 53 12 33 64
Rikuya Hoshino 62 MC MC 60 MC 26 MC
Matt Wallace 65 40 MC 55
Michael Kim MC
Jorge Campillo MC
Daniel Hillier MC
Romain Langasque 54 MC
Antoine Rozner 59 MC
Richie Ramsay
Keita Nakajima MC MC MC
Joost Luiten MC
Francesco Molinari MC MC MC 15 MC 55 MC MC 13
Ockie Strydom MC
Taiga Semikawa
Richard Bland MC 43 MC 67 50
Hiroshi Iwata
Padraig Harrington 27 50 MC MC MC 72 4
Bio Kim MC
Connor Syme
Marcel Siem 15
Sami Valimaki MC
Zach Johnson 58 34 MC MC MC MC MC
Guido Migliozzi MC 14 MC MC 4
Jazz Janewattananond 46 MC
Hurly Long
Kalle Samooja MC MC
Henrik Stenson MC MC MC MC 64
Oliver Wilson
Shubhankar Sharma
Matthew Southgate MC
Stewart Cink MC MC MC 23 MC MC 57 30
Travis Smyth
Charl Schwartzel 50 60 10 19 MC
Laurie Canter 79 48
Matthew Jordan MC
Dan Bradbury
Nacho Elvira
David Micheluzzi MC
Louis Oosthuizen Wd MC MC 60 Wd 3 2 2
Marc Warren
Branden Grace MC MC MC 7 38
Kyung Nam Kang
Zack Fischer
Kensei Hirata
Seung Su Han
Gunner Wiebe
Marco Penge MC
Alex Fitzpatrick
Alejandro Canizares
Taichi Kho
Harrison Crowe MC
Oliver Farr MC
Kyle Barker
Martin Rohwer
Brandon Robinson-Thompson
Michael Stewart
Haydn Barron
Kazuki Yasumori
Connor McKinney
Ernie Els MC MC
John Daly MC MC MC
Darren Clarke MC MC
Tiger Christensen
Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira MC MC
Christo Lamprecht
Graeme Robertson
Jose Luis Ballester
Alex Maguire

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