The best putter in the game, the Australian who could thrive in windy conditions and the 100-1 shot with experience of the terrain – six players to follow at The Open

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The best putter in the game, the Australian who could thrive in windy conditions and the 100-1 shot with experience of the terrain – six players to follow at The Open 

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Rory McIlroy will enter the final major championship of the season as the front-runner following his win at the Scottish Open.

The Northern Irishman has notched a runner-up and a T7 at the last two majors, and he’s riding a streak of six consecutive top-10 finishes, including a dramatic victory at last week’s Scottish Open.

McIlroy will seek to emulate his 2014 Open triumph at Hoylake, but Royal Liverpool has a new look, including a new par-3 17th hole, converted from a former par 4.

LIV Golf and PGA players will reunite as they hope to lift the coveted Claret Jug.

Mail Sport’s Riath Al-Samarrai picks six players to follow. 

Favourite Rory McIlroy will seek to emulate his 2014 Open triumph at Hoylake

Favourite Rory McIlroy will seek to emulate his 2014 Open triumph at Hoylake

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Rory McIlroy (13-2)

Won in Scotland last week and won here in 2014. Has the form and the game, but will need to overcome nine years’ worth of mental hurdles in the majors.

Scottie Scheffler (7-1)

The world No 1 has 15 top-10 finishes this season and been the best tee-to-green player by a street. Putting has been his only weakness.

Cameron Smith (14-1)

The defending champion is the best putter in the game and won a fortnight ago on LIV at Centurion.

Tommy Fleetwood (18-1)

Beautiful swing and due a big win. He’s only finished outside the top six in one of his last five tournaments.

Australian Min Woo Lee has never won on the PGA Tour but was fifth at the US Open

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Australian Min Woo Lee has never won on the PGA Tour but was fifth at the US Open

Min Woo Lee (50-1)

The Australian, 24, has never won on the PGA Tour but was fifth at the US Open and is one of the few in the field who has mastered the two-iron, so could thrive in the wind.

Padraig Harrington (100-1)

It would be a huge shock if the two-time champion won but links golf rewards experience and the 51-year-old is a wise man on this terrain. Great each-way value at 100-1.



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