GNN’s merry band of fearless forecasters are calling for a home field advantage at the Open Championship, which gets underway Thursday at Royal Liverpool.
For one thing, the favourite appears to be English lad Justin Rose, who comes in with a hot hand after winning the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour in late June, then following up with a victory at the Scottish Open on Sunday.
However, home field advantage doesn’t just apply to English players as all but two players among the picks hail from the other side of the Atlantic, including those from Sweden, Germany and Spain.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member/former LPGA Tour player Sandra Post
“Henrik Stenson is playing so well coming into the Open, he would be my first choice. My second choice, which would be a compelling story, is Sergio Garcia. He is putting better and his confidence level is the highest it has been in years.”
Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons
“Justin Rose. His play has been steadily improving all year and winning the Scottish Open will have his confidence very high. My dark horse is Paul Casey. “
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member/former LPGA Tour player Dawn Jones
“Hot hand…. Justin Rose!”
Web .com Tour player Adam Hadwin
Justin Rose. He’s been on a tear as of late. Wins at Congressional and the Scottish Open have him in prime form to challenge for this week’s British Open.”
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member/former LPGA Tour player Lisa Walters
“I guess I’m going with Martin Kaymer. He’s already won a couple big ones and he has a good résumé in Europe.”
Former PGA Tour player Jon Mills
“I am going with Ian Poulter. I think he’s going to get hot with the flatstick at the right time”
LPGA Tour player Rebecca Lee-Bentham
“Fellow (Texas) Longhorn Jordan Spieth, because he’s been playing well this year and has what it takes to win it. My second pick is Martin Kaymer based on his play at the Players Championship and U.S. Open the past couple months.
PGA Tour Canada player Matt Hill
“Justin Rose, He has been playing very well lately and has a lot of experience playing the Open.”
Web .com Tour player Nick Taylor
“Zach Johnson. He’s playing well and course seems to have a premium on accuracy and he’s a great wedge player and putter.”