A field of nearly 150 players is set to try their luck at this year’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
With over 200 bunkers, a newly lengthened course and the PGA Tour currently on a streak of 15 straight different major winners, predicting the Open Championship winner could be just as difficult as predicting the weather at a British Open tournament.
But that doesn’t mean that certain players aren’t better choices than others.
Whether it’s because of experience playing on links courses, past major victories or a current streak of successful finishes, the Open Championship will still feature a number of golfers who can be considered legitimate contenders.
Here are five of the safest bets to win at Royal Lytham.