2022 British Open Power Rankings: The Top 50 Players at St Andrews

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If you’re going to list the prohibitive favorite in the top spot for a major championship player ranking – and spoiler alert, I’m about to do just that – then you’d better back it up with some less chalky plays down the line.

That’s the case for any event, really, but none more than The Open Championship, which so often yields a few leaderboard surprises.

All of which is why, even though you’ll see plenty of big names at the top of this top-50 ranking, I’ve also listed a bunch of longshots and sleepers along the way, too.

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Rory McIlroy+1000
Xander Schauffele+1400
Jordan Spieth+1600
Jon Rahm+1800
Matt Fitzpatrick+1800
Scottie Scheffler+1800
Justin Thomas+2000
Cameron Smith+2500
Collin Morikawa+2500
Patrick Cantlay+2500
Shane Lowry+2500
Will Zalatoris+2500
Dustin Johnson+3300
Tommy Fleetwood+3300
Tyrrell Hatton+3300
Brooks Koepka+4000
Louis Oosthuizen+4000
Sam Burns+4000
Hideki Matsuyama+4000
Viktor Hovland+4000
Joaquin Niemann+5000
Max Homa+5000
Tony Finau+5000
Bryson DeChambeau+6600
Justin Rose+6600
Tiger Woods+6600
Sungjae Im+6600
Seamus Power+8000
Adam Scott+8000
Corey Conners+8000
Gary Woodland+8000
Marc Leishman+8000
Patrick Reed+8000
Ryan Fox+8000
Cameron Young+8000
Abraham Ancer+10000
Billy Horschel+10000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+10000
Robert Macintyre+10000
Sergio Garcia+10000
Keegan Bradley+12500
Paul Casey+12500
Webb Simpson+12500
Mito Pereira+12500
Thomas Pieters+12500
Aaron Wise+12500
J.T. Poston+12500
Brian Harman+15000
Danny Willett+15000
Jason Kokrak+15000
Kevin Kisner+15000
Lee Westwood+15000
Lucas Herbert+15000
Russell Henley+15000
Victor Perez+15000
Cameron Tringale+15000
Harold Varner III+15000
Talor Gooch+15000
Adrian Meronk+15000
Haotong Li+15000
Joo-hyung Kim+15000
Jordan Smith+15000
Keith Mitchell+15000
Sebastian Munoz+15000
Sahith Theegala+15000
Kurt Kitayama+15000
Francesco Molinari+15000
Emiliano Grillo+20000
Harris English+20000
Ian Poulter+20000
Padraig Harrington+20000
Phil Mickelson+20000
Sam Horsfield+20000
K.H. Lee+20000
Tom Hoge+20000
Kevin Na+20000
Chris Kirk+20000
Dean Burmester+20000
Luke List+20000
Si Woo Kim+20000
Bernd Wiesberger+20000
Erik van Rooyen+20000
Min Woo Lee+20000
Henrik Stenson+25000
Richard Bland+25000
Stewart Cink+25000
Thomas Detry+25000
Adri Arnaus+25000
Mackenzie Hughes+25000
Nicolai Hojgaard+25000
Pablo Larrazabal+25000
Zach Johnson+25000
Jamie Donaldson+25000
Brandon Wu+25000
Dylan Frittelli+30000
Guido Migliozzi+30000
Alexander Bjork+30000
Jason Scrivener+30000
Justin Harding+30000
Laurie Canter+30000
Marcus Armitage+30000
Matthew Jordan+30000
Richard Mansell+30000
Sepp Straka+30000
Thirston Lawrence+30000
Wyndham Clark+30000
Fabrizio Zanotti+30000
Trey Mullinax+35000
Garrick Higgo+35000
Shaun Norris+40000
Shugo Imahira+40000
John Catlin+40000
Ashley Chesters+50000
Brad Kennedy+50000
Ernie Els+50000
Kazuki Higa+50000
Keita Nakajima+50000
Marco Penge+50000
Min-kyu Kim+50000
Scott Vincent+50000
Sihwan Kim+50000
Takumi Kanaya+50000
Yuto Katsuragawa+50000
Zander Lombard+50000
David Law+50000
Anthony Quayle+75000
Ben Campbell+75000
Chan Kim+75000
Min-Gyu Cho+75000
Sadom Kaewkanjana+75000
Aaron Jarvis+100000
Aldrich Potgieter+100000
Alex Wrigley+100000
Barclay Brown+100000
Darren Clarke+100000
David Carey+100000
Dimitros Papadatos+100000
Filiippo Celli+100000
Jack Floydd+100000
Jamie Rutherford+100000
Jediah Morgan+100000
John Daly+100000
John Parry+100000
Jorge Fernandez Valdes+100000
Justin De Los Santos+100000
Justin Leonard+100000
Lars van Meijel+100000
Matthew Griffin+100000
Oliver Farr+100000
Paul Lawrie+100000
Robert Dinwiddie+100000
Ronan Mullarney+100000
Sam Bairstow+100000
Matt Ford+150000
David Duval+200000
Mark Calcavecchia+200000
Stephen Dodd+200000
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1. Rory McIlroy

It’s been eight years since his last major victory, but McIlroy has finished inside the top-10 at each of the first three this year and owns seven consecutive top-20 results overall. If there’s ever a time for all the stars to align, it would be this week for the pre-tourney betting favorite.

2. Jordan Spieth

It’s no secret that the Old Course will bring out a player’s creativity and none are more creative than the 2017 champion. We’ll undoubtedly witness the full Spieth, with moments of brilliance interrupted by bouts of discouragement, but the positives will greatly outweigh the negatives.

3. Tommy Fleetwood

It’s taken awhile for Fleetwood to regain some semblance of his past elite-level status, but he appears to be gaining confidence by the day. Fresh off a T-4 at last week’s Scottish Open, Fleetwood is showing the form which yielded four top-fives in majors, including a runner-up at this one in 2019.

4. Cameron Smith

Since his PLAYERS Championship win and subsequent third-place finish at the Masters, Smith has been relatively quiet, but it’s hardly like the game is suffering. His usual weak spot is driving accuracy, however the massively wide fairways of St. Andrews should curb that issue.

5. Shane Lowry

Playing perhaps the best golf of his career this year, Lowry disappointed in missing the cut at last month’s U.S. Open, yet a return to links golf could be exactly what the winner of this event three years ago at Royal Portrush needs to get back on track in the big ones.

6. Xander Schauffele

Coming off victories in each of his last two starts – plus a pro-am title in between – Schauffele has taken over the fickle title of “world’s hottest golfer” for the time being. It’s tough to keep a heater going, but Scottie Scheffler proved at the Masters that it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Pictured: Xander Schauffele.

7. Robert Macintyre

Not only has the 25-year-old Scotsman made the cut in all nine major championship appearances of his young career, he’s finished 6th-8th in two Open starts. Though it hasn’t been a great year to date, as he’s fallen outside the world’s top-100, a return to familiar surroundings should suit him well.

8. Viktor Hovland

While he ranks inside the top-30 this season in strokes gained off the tee, on approach shots and putting, Hovland remains dead last around the greens, though his disadvantage in that department should be negated with such large greens and an ability to putt from off of them.

9. Scottie Scheffler

At this point, it sort of feels like the world’s No. 1-ranked player is playing with house money, as he already has a green jacket in the closet and three other titles. A missed cut last week might seem like a small setback, but remember: The last time he MC’d, he reached a playoff the following week.

10. Patrick Cantlay

We’ve been waiting for a breakthrough performance at a major from Cantlay; maybe it’ll come at the one where we least expected it.

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11. Tyrrell Hatton

Few players own such a high-ceiling/low-floor combination, as it’s equally probable he contends for the title and misses the cut.

12. Max Homa

Not only has he added two more titles this season, he’s reached the weekend in all three majors and is ranked inside the world’s top-20 for the first time.

13. Thomas Detry

The big-hitting Belgian is still seeking his first DP World Tour win, but nine career top-three finishes proves he has plenty of game.

14. Jon Rahm

When he’s on his game, few players own as much talent, but it’s clear that he’s not quite firing on all cylinders right now.

15. Louis Oosthuizen

A victory in 2010 and playoff loss in 2015 prove that Oosthuizen has unlocked a few key secrets to finding success at St. Andrews.

16. Joaquin Niemann

It won’t be long until Niemann places himself firmly in the “best player without a major” conversation – unless he wins one first.

Michael Owens/Getty Images. Pictured: Joaquin Niemann.

17. Adam Scott

At the 2015 edition here, Scott missed a one-foot putt on 14, then played the final four holes in 4-over to miss out on a playoff by five.

18. Collin Morikawa

The defending champion quickly went from zero links experience to the Claret Jug last year, but it’ll be difficult to replicate that performance.

19. Sam Burns

In nine major championship starts, he’s yet to finish better than 20th, but that should be the next step in his evolution as a top player.

20. Thomas Pieters

A player with a reputation for being, let’s say, combustible on the course, Pieters has shown some remarkable consistency so far this year.

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21. Justin Thomas

After WDing prior to the Travelers Championship with a back injury, the PGA Championship winner shot 10-over through two rounds at last week’s Scottish Open.

22. Ryan Fox

This is one of those “sneaky” plays which really isn’t so sneaky if you’ve been paying attention to Fox’s strong play these past few months.

23. Hideki Matsuyama

Past Masters champion has been one of the least predictable players this year, with two top-fives, an MC, a DQ and a WD in his last seven starts.

24. Matt Fitzpatrick

“I’ve kind of grown out of enjoying links,” he said this week. Fitzpatrick has a rep for playing his best in tough events, but this one might not be to his liking.

25. Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Like Fitzpatrick, he tends to play some of his best golf when grinding pars means more, though he can certainly pile up some birdies, too.

26. Jordan L. Smith

If he was flying under the radar previously, he’s not anymore, following a week when he made a hole-in-one and was in contention entering the final round.

27. Tony Finau

In five career Open starts, he’s finished 27th-or-better each time, including a best finish of solo third three years ago.

28. Bryson DeChambeau

Trust me: I don’t love this, either, but I can’t help but think that a somewhat healthy Bryson can mash his way to some low scores here.

29. Dustin Johnson

He owns a half-dozen career top-15 results at this event — and a half-dozen other starts where he hasn’t finished inside the top-30.

30. Tiger Woods

This one has been circled on his calendar for months, the one major where Tiger knows it’s an easier walk and experience truly matters.

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images. Pictured: Tiger Woods

31. Marc Leishman

A playoff participant the last time this tournament was at St. Andrews, Leishman is a low-ball specialist who excels in windy conditions.

32. Adri Arnaus

Up-and-coming Spaniard owns a ton of offensive firepower. Owns three top-three results in his last 13 starts.

33. Will Zalatoris

Undoubtedly a popular play this week based on his major record, it remains to be seen whether he can figure out links golf, much like Morikawa last year.

34. Lucas Herbert

The Aussie is a solid links player who won last year’s Irish Open and followed with a T-9 just a few weeks ago.

35. Billy Horschel

No American player has embraced tournament golf on the other side of the pond like Horschel, who won last year’s BMW PGA Championship.

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36. Sahith Theegala

A late entry into the field when Daniel Berger withdrew, Theegala won’t be missing any more majors for the next decade or two.

37. Corey Conners

One of the game’s better iron players, Conners finished T-15 in his second career Open start last year.

38. Gary Woodland

Armed with an impressive stinger off the tee, it’s surprising he owns just one finish better than 30th in nine career Open appearances.

39. Seamus Power

Enters this week in tremendous form, having finished inside the top-30 in seven of his last nine starts.

(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Pictured: Seamus Power.

40. Justin Harding

Prior to joining LIV Golf, Harding had finished inside the top-seven in three of his previous five starts.

41. Brooks Koepka

Don’t look now, but the man who flips the switch at majors has gone MC-55th-55th at the first three this year.

42. Keith Mitchell

One of the game’s better players off the tee, he’s coming off a closing 66 at the Scottish Open on Sunday.

43. Sergio Garcia

In the 16 years from 2001-’16, Sergio posted an impressive 10 top-10s at this tournament, including a pair of runner-up finishes.

44. Joohyung (Tom) Kim

If the 20-year-old wasn’t on everyone’s radar previously, he is now, after finishing in third place last week and jumping to 39th in the OWGR.

45. Thriston Lawrence

Yet another player who’s been a bit overlooked despite enjoying an extremely fruitful campaign, with nine top-25s this year.

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46. Kevin Kisner

One of four runners-up in this event four years ago, he’s only missed the cut once in six career starts.

47. Jason Scrivener

Last week’s T-16 epitomized an undervalued, impressive year so far, with five top-25 results.

48. Scott Vincent

Before joining LIV Golf last month, Vincent had won back-to-back events on the Japan and Asian tours in his previous two starts.

49. Dean Burmester

Big-hitting South African is coming off a T-10 finish last week, which was enough to get him into this week’s field.

50. Kazuki Higa

Ranked 75th in the world, Higa owns two victories on the Japan Tour this year and is starting to show he can hang on the DP World Tour, as well.

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