British Open 2015: Ranking the Top 25 Golfers Ahead of the Open Championship


The world’s best golfers are taking ocean liners across the sea to arrive at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Wait, that was 75 years ago. They’re all taking planes, many of them private, from all over the world. And a few gentlemen have a shorter commute: from within the United Kingdom. Regardless, the objective is the same: raise the Claret Jug at the Home of Golf.

We considered three things in putting together a power ranking of the best players teeing it up at the Old Course:

Average odds from 15 major sportsbooks (via Oddschecker)
A player’s Sagarin ranking (a measure of quality of play over the past year)
A player’s Official World Golf Ranking (a measure of quality of play over the past two years)

These items were weighted with “average odds” getting the highest weight and evaluated alongside recent play and past British Open performance.

With Rory McIlroy unfortunately out with an injured ankle, here are the top 25 golfers expected to take part in the British Open.

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