Royal Troon has hosted The Open on eight previous occasions and the six championships since 1962 have produced American winners. The average age of the eight previous winners is 30, whilst no left-hander has ever won The Open on this course.
If history is to go by, who fits the mould of previous winners and stands a chance of holding the Claret Jug aloft come Sunday?
32 year-old American, Dustin Johnson, goes into the tournament on the back of winning his first major at last month’s US Open followed by victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He’s in the form of his life and at 9/1 his odds reflect that.
Rickie Fowler is another that fits the bill at 33/1. The 27 year-old hasn’t enjoyed the major’s this year but he’s a fan of links golf and tends to perform well in testing conditions. Do not be surprised if Fowler becomes the seventh American in succession to win at Royal Troon.
It’s not unlikely that we’re going to see a new major champion this week and Open debutant Kevin Chappell will be hoping that is the case. Chappell, 30, from California, has three runner-up finishes this season as well as two major championship top tens to his name. He’s 175/1 but as short as 100/1 elsewhere so check our grids before you bet.