OPENS PLAYED: 6. BEST FINISH: T2 (2015). WORLD RANKING: No.37.
Growing up in windy Warrnambool has prepared Victoria’s Marc Leishman well for links golf; his second-place finish in 2015’s Open at St Andrews attests to this.
The 33-year-old fired weekend rounds of 64 and 66 to match the best 36-hole score in major history and make a three-way playoff against Louis Oosthuizen and eventual winner, Zach Johnson.
The former PGA Tour Rookie of the year has collected two top-five finishes in the past three Opens, and possesses the all-round game required to succeed at Royal Birkdale.
Leishman is strong off the tee, hits nearly 70 percent of greens in regulation, and is ranked inside the top-10 for a scoring average of 69.82. He’s also Australia’s most recent individual winner on the PGA Tour after claiming his second career victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. WINNING ODDS: $51*.