By Golf Monthly
We take a look at five British contenders for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
British Contenders For The Open Championship
With The Open Championship fast approaching the yearning and expectation for a British winner is at its highest as it is the final Major of the year.
Importantly there are several names we can throw into the hat as possible winners so bearing that in mind in this piece we have taken a look at the top five British contenders. Given the strength of golf in this part of the world at the moment this was more difficult than we imagined.
By his lofty standards he has been rather up and down in the Majors this year missing the cut at Augusta, coming tied 29th at Bethpage Black and then was in with a very good shout of winning the US Open before a final round 74 derailed his chances.
Regardless his consistency and quality ball-striking should never be overlooked.
Don't sleep on Casey. Portrush is unquestionably a drivers course according to head professional Gary McNeill, and Casey is one of the most accurate in the game as he currently ranks 12th on the PGA Tour for driving accuracy. He is no slouch with distance either averaging just under 300 yards.
The main issue here is his putting but he has shown his ability to get hot during the week so why couldn't he do the same in Royal Portrush.
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The man many are pipping to hold the Claret Jug aloft come Sunday the 21st, Fleetwood is most definitely one to watch. He has not missed a cut since the 2018 HNA Open de France and has several key top-10s to his name as well.
Wallace has gone from strength to strength at the start of his career. He has won four times on the European Tour and has shown he can play on the biggest stage too. In his last two Majors he came in tied 3rd at Bethpage and then a tied 12th at Pebble Beach.
Pepperell can clearly play on links courses and in Ireland. Last year he finished three shots back at Carnoustie after a final-round 67. He also came tied 3rd in the most recent Irish Open and came tied 2nd at Royal County Down a few years ago too.
He doesn't shy away from the big stage either as shown by his tied 2nd at The Players earlier this year.
Notable mentions - Matt Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton
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