A capsule look at 10 top contenders for the British Open, to be played July 18-21 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland (listed in predicted order of finish):
Country: Northern Ireland.
World ranking: 3.
Worldwide victories: 24.
Majors: U.S. Open (2011), British Open (2014), PGA Championship (2012, 2014).
2019 majors: Masters-T21, PGA Championship-T8, US Open-T9.
British Open memory: Going wire-to-wire to win the claret jug at Royal Liverpool in 2014.
Worth noting: He might feel more pressure at Royal Portrush playing before the home crowd than at the Masters going for the career Grand Slam. He holds the course record at Royal Portrush, a 61 he shot when he was 16.
Country: United States.
World ranking: 1.
Worldwide victories: 9.
Majors: PGA Championship (2018, 2019), U.S. Open (2017, 2018).
2019 majors: Masters-T2, PGA Championship-1, US Open-2.
British Open memory: Stopping play at St. Andrews when the wind was blowing so hard that golf balls wouldn’t stay put on the green.
Worth noting: In his last four majors, he has won twice and was runner-up twice. The British Open is the one major where he has not contended, which might be all he needs to…