2022 Open Championship

July 14, 2022

The Open Championship–also, fun fact, the only Open Championship in the entire world–is contested this week at its most iconic venue, St. Andrews Golf Links – Old Course. The 600-year old course most–recently updated for modern play by Old Tom Morris in the late 19th century–also is the setting of arguably the most iconic round in PF history (any questions, see: https://thepowerfade.com/2016/08/23/scotland-2016/). Where’s that frame now? I digress.

Below are our lousy predictions for this major. Seeing Tiger in action for the first time since Augusta is bittersweet–you know he won’t do well, but you just can’t help but hold out hope. Here’s hoping father time has to replace the battery in his watch this weekend.

JK

Winner: Will Zalatoris
Winning Score: -12
Runner Up: Jordan Spieth (yes, that guy)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Cameron Young
Last Year’s Winner (Morikawa) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Top 10
The Master’s Winner (Scheffler) Will: Top 10
The US Open Champion (Fitzpatrick) Will: Make cut
The PGA Champion (Justin Thomas) Will: Make cut
OWGR #2 Rory McIlroy will: Top 10, shooting 3 rounds in the 60s with one very bad round in the middle somewhere.
OWGR #3 Jon Rahm will: Top 10. Probably top 3. Guy can strike it and this is a ballstriker’s course
OWGR #4 Patrick Cantlay will: Make cut.
OWGR #5 Xander Shauffele will: Make cut.
OWGR #whocares Tiger Woods will: Make the cut, then struggle to finish.
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: a lot. maybe 6 of the top 10 have won majors
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? This course could easily go either way–I’m going to say someone birdies 18 to either win or tie.
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Tiger makes the cut AND NOTHING ELSE

LG

Winner:
Winning Score:
Runner Up:
“Unknown” in the Top 10:
Last Year’s Winner (Morikawa) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut):
The Master’s Winner (Scheffler) Will:
The US Open Champion (Fitzpatrick) Will:
The PGA Champion (Justin Thomas) Will:
OWGR #2 Rory McIlroy will:
OWGR #3 Jon Rahm will:
OWGR #4 Patrick Cantlay will:
OWGR #5 Xander Shauffele will:
OWGR #whocares Tiger Woods will:
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10:
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it?
What will be the biggest story of the tournament?

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