In its 12th stint hosting the Open Championship, Royal Liverpool will set up a tad longer than the last two open venues of Muirfield and Royal Lytham.
Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) is a 7,350-yard par 72. Last year, Muirfield played at 7,034 yards and is a par-71 layout. In 2012, Royal Lytham played 7,086 and is a par 70.
The course has four par fives, in contrast to most of the other tracks in the Open rota. Thus, those who play par fives well will be at an advantage.
Also, those golfers who manage windy conditions well will be favored at the seaside course. As will those who manage poor/changing weather conditions, since both are generally fixtures of the event. Expert scramblers and those equipped to play the variety of shots the Open Championship demands will also be at an advantage next week.
Lastly, assuming players take note of Tiger Woods' 2006 winning strategy (in which he only used a driver once), expert long iron players will be well-suited to take on Hoylake, as will those who are accurate off the tee.
Golfers in the top 10 in 2006 other than Woods who have played well at points this year: Sergio Garcia, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk and Adam Scott.
Let's see which golfers' games are ideally suited for Hoylake.
*consensus odds based on data from Oddschecker. All stats via PGATour.com