OPENS PLAYED: 17. BEST FINISH: Runner-up (2012). WORLD RANKING: No.12.
It’s been a case of near misses for Adam Scott at The Open Championship. The former World No.1 has accumulated five top-10 finishes in his past 11 starts, which, of course, includes that painful collapse in 2012.
Scott had shot three rounds in the 60s to enter Sunday with a four-stroke lead, before enduring one of the worst collapses in championship history when he bogied each of the last four holes to hand the title to Ernie Els.
As one of the best drivers and ball-strikers on the PGA Tour, Scott, like Leishman, has a game tailor-made for links golf. He’s also the only Australian – apart from Aaron Baddeley – in this year’s field to have played in the last Open held at Royal Birkdale in 2008, where he finished 16th.
The 2013 US Masters champion hasn’t won on Tour since claiming the WGC-Cadillac Championship last March, but has redesigned his playing schedule to focus more heavily on the majors. And The Open is undoubtedly one of his main focuses as he looks to settle old scores.
“I feel like I’ve done everything but win it, and it’s just the last little hurdle we’ve got to get over,” Scott said at Royal Troon in 2016. “I have to just get better at closing the golf tournament out and stop making those errors.”
Scott is a strong chance of becoming Champion Golfer of the Year if he can minimise those errors and putt well. WINNING ODDS: $21*.