Sergio Garcia — The reigning Masters champion gets married next month in Texas, but his focus will be razor sharp in an event that he always seems to play well. Garcia has been no worse than sixth in his last three tries at the British, even though he hasn’t played that well in two previous chances at Royal Birkdale.
Rickie Fowler — The guy who is now, arguably, the best player to never win a major could get his name off that list this week. Fowler can handle the rocky conditions that might blow up across the pond. I can see him extending that streak of first-time major winners this week.
Darkhorses — Phil Mickelson is a 30-1 shot this week and lefty decided to leave his driver at home. The 2013 champion will have a new man on his bag this week after parting ways with long-time looper Bones Mackay. Mickelson is always a favorite for those of us who play from the “other side.”
Henrik Stenson is the defending Open champion. Stenson has the game to compete at Royal Birdale, but he’s missed the cut in 5 of his last 10 starts.