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Majors Value Meter: British Open Rankings

Michael Riek

Michael is the 2016 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year winner. He is a former collegiate golfer with a passion for analytics and strategy.

Below are our 2014 British Open rankings. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve other leagues as well, no matter the nuances.

1. Rory McIlroy
Note: Finished 3rd at the Open Championship in 2010 and notched six top-10s on the PGA Tour in 10 starts.
2. Adam Scott
Note: Scott has elevated his game since winning the Masters in 2013 and finished 3rd and 2nd in his last two Open starts.
3. Justin Rose
Note: A recent winner at the Quicken Loans National, Rose is a clear favorite with his ballstriking prowess and elevated play since his 2013 U.S. Open triumph.
4. Martin Kaymer
Note: Won both The Players Championship and the U.S. Open in convincing fashion, Kaymer is at the height of his powers and will look to add a third major since 2010.
5. Phil Mickelson
Note: After a magical Sunday 66 to win his first Open Championship last year, Mickelson will defend his title but has yet to post a top-10 finish this season.
6. Tiger Woods
Note: After missing the cut in his return from an 11-week back injury layoff, Woods is clearly a wildcard but the last time the Open was at Royal Liverpool he raised the Claret Jug.
7. Henrik Stenson
Note: Top-15s at both the majors this season and a runner-up at Muirfield last year but the Swede on the short list to win at Royal Liverpool
8. Jason Day
Note: A 4th place showing at the U.S. Open signaled he's ready to put his thumb injury behind him and resume his quest for his first major.
9. Sergio Garcia
Note: Seven career top-10s at the Open Championship for the world-class ballstriker put him near the top of the rankings. Was in the final group Sunday with Tiger last time at Royal Liverpool.
10. Jordan Spieth
Note: The 20-year-old phenom has been become one of the most consistent players on tour and nearly won the Masters so he can clearly play on the big stage.
11. Lee Westwood
Note: Now 41, Westwood held the 54-hole lead last year but let it slip on Sunday. Getting older but still a contender on the links-style layout.
12. Matt Kuchar
Note: Mr. Consistency has two top-15s his last two Open Championships and still seeks his first major.
13. Dustin Johnson
Note: Long and a solid iron player, DJ is a great candidate to finally breakthrough as he'll have the luxury of using plenty of irons off the tee.
14. Graeme McDowell
Note: Other than his top-5 in 2012, McDowell has had mediocre results at the Open Championship but is still a world-class player.
15. Bubba Watson
Note: This year's Masters champ has more than enough length to contend but has yet to crack the top-20 at the Open Championship.
16. Ian Poulter
Note: Gritty competitor with English roots and has been inside the top-10 the last two years at the Open.
17. Jason Dufner
Note: Great ballstriker but has little to show at this event with no top-25 finishes.
18. Brandt Snedeker
Note: Set the 36-hole record at the Open just two years back, Sneds has his first major in his sights and has the pedigree to pull it off.
19. Luke Donald
Note: Two missed cuts but three top-11 finishes the last five years at this event so he's a hit-or-miss candidate this week.
20. Rickie Fowler
Note: Tied for runner-up at last month's U.S. Open and was Top-5 at the Masters so Fowler appears ready to breakthrough soon.
21. Louis Oosthuizen
Note: 2010 Open champ has done little since but possesses among the sweeter swings on tour.
22. Hideki Matsuyama
Note: Broke through to win the Memorial Tournament this year and was T6 at the Open last year.
23. Jim Furyk
Note: Hasn't performed overseas since 2008 but is a plodding player who excelled in 2006 at Royal Liverpool with a 4th place finish.
24. Charl Schwartzel
Note: Three top-20s at the Open Championship the last four years but has yet to contend in any major since winning the 2011 Masters.
25. Keegan Bradley
Note: Top-5 at the U.S. Open and former major champ but no great finishes yet at the Open Championship.
26. Paul Casey
Note: Won the Irish Open last June and had some decent finishes recently so Casey could be a sleeper candidate heading into Hoylake.
27. Ernie Els
Note: 2012 Open champ has a knack for playing well on links courses so never count out the Big Easy at the Open Championship.
28. Zach Johnson
Note: Top-10s at the last two Open Championships coming off great finishes the previous week at the John Deere Classic.
29. Thomas Bjorn
Note: Has had his share of blunders at this championship but knows links golf.
30. Hunter Mahan
Note: Notched two final groups in 2013 majors last season and is a great driver of the ball so keep could definitely show up at Hoylake.
31. Patrick Reed
Note: Three wins in the last year and a recent 54-hole lead have Reed in solid form as he heads across the pond.
32. Francesco Molinari
Note: A better ballstriker than his brother Edoardo, Francesco finished top-10 at last year's Open Championship at Muirfield.
33. Jamie Donaldson
Note: Runner-up at the WGC-Cadillac earlier this season, Donaldson is a late bloomer but has the ballstriking skills to play well this week.
34. Victor Dubuisson
Note: The 24-year-old Frenchman is notable for his runner-up at this year's WGC-Matchplay Championship.
35. Miguel Angel Jimenez
Note: The "Mechanic" was top-5 at the Masters and went on a tear of great finishes afterward including a win at the Open de Espana.
36. Angel Cabrera
Note: A recent winner at The Greenbrier and two-time major champion, Cabrera almost seems to be under the radar coming into majors.
37. Jimmy Walker
Note: Fedex Cup leader is having a standout season and has top-10s at each of the first two majors.
38. Graham DeLaet
Note: Young and packed with power, DeLaet has yet to contend in a major but has the game necessary to do so.
39. Webb Simpson
Note: Has just two Open Championship starts with mixed results but is a former major champ with upside for a second major.
40. Harris English
Note: Two wins already in his young career, English was T15 at last year's Open Championship which is his best finish in four major starts.
41. Mikko Ilonen
Note: Became the first Finn to the Amateur Championship at Royal Liverpool. Nearly won the Qatar Masters in January this season.
42. Bill Haas
Note: Strong player but has struggled in majors and especially the Open Championship. Has 5 PGA Tour wins but no top-10s in majors yet.
43. Jonas Blixt
Note: Contended at Augusta this year and has multiple tour wins. Was T26 in his first major ever at last year's Open Championship.
44. Ryan Moore
Note: Riding back-to-back top-10s on tour but has never contended closely at a major before.
45. Gary Woodland
Note: Long hitter with big-time potential. Made the cut in previous two Open Championship appearances.
46. John Senden
Note: Winner in Tampa Bay earlier this year and great ballstriker has struggled overseas at the Open Championship.
47. Matteo Manassero
Note: Youngest player ever to win the BMW PGA Championship but has yet to make the cut as a pro in the Open Championship.
48. Padraig Harrington
Note: 2007 and 2008 Open champion has been missing from leaderboards in recent years but has some game left to play well on a links layout.
49. Joost Luiten
Note: Young accomplished player with plenty of upside to play well. Made cut in only two appearances at the Open Championship.
50. Chris Kirk
Note: First timer at the Open Championship after winning his second tour event last November.
51. Nick Watney
Note: Has struggled mightily in major the last two years but is still relatively young and can turn things around quickly.
52. Billy Horschel
Note: Missed the cut last year in his first appearance, Horschel is still young and full of potential.
53. Brendon Todd
Note: Won the Byron Nelson in May and has been scalding hot ever since. Has been inside the top-10 in five of his last six events.
54. Brendon de Jonge
Note: Making his first Open Championship appearance this season.
55. Kevin Na
Note: Has never played well at this event but has played well recently so he could improve on his record at the Open this week.
56. Marc Leishman
Note: Has made one of three cuts at this event but has improved greatly since his victory at the Travelers in 2012.
57. Freddie Jacobson
Note: Excellent putter but is nearly 40 years old and hasn't contended in this major since 2003.
58. Stephen Gallacher
Note: Back-to-back Dubai Desert Classic champion.
59. Brooks Koepka
Note: Young player with plenty of upside in his second Open Championship.
60. Paul Lawrie
Note: The 1999 Open champion has a knack for links courses but is now 40 years of age.
61. Matt Jones
Note: Shell Houston champ from this year is entering his first Open Championship.
62. Richard Sterne
Note: Solid player now 33 who is top 50 in the OWGR.
63. Peter Uihlein
Note: Second Open Championship for the young player who plays on the European Tour.
64. Branden Grace
Note: Young player who nearly won the Scottish Open against Phil Mickelson last season.
65. Bernd Wiesberger
Note: Twice a runner-up on the European tour and is playing in his second Open Championship.
66. Chris Wood
Note: Pounced onto the scene as an amateur with a T5 at this event and followed with a third place finish in 2009.
67. Shane Lowry
Note: Top 10 finish last week at the Scottish Open should give the young Lowry confidence as he enters his third Open Championship.
68. George Coetzee
Note: Won the Joburg Open in February and has many close finishes on the European Tour.
69. Kevin Streelman
Note: Recent winner of the Travelers closing with seven straight birdies, Streelman is trending the last two years but has little experience in majors.
70. Stewart Cink
Note: Won in 2009 but has disappeared since.
71. Russell Henley
Note: Was first rookie to win his debut event at the 2013 Sony Open, Henley is making his second appearance at the Open.
72. J.B. Holmes
73. K.J. Choi
74. Erik Compton
75. Charles Howell III
76. Roberto Castro
77. Boo Weekley
78. D.A. Points
79. Matt Every
80. Edoardo Molinari
81. Ryan Palmer
82. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
83. Thongchai Jaidee
84. Brendan Steele
85. Tommy Fleetwood
86. Marc Warren
87. Darren Clarke
88. Y.E. Yang
89. Todd Hamilton
90. Ben Curtis
91. Brett Rumford
92. David Howell
93. Gregory Bourdy
94. Pablo Larrazabal
95. Rafa Cabrera-Bello
96. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
97. Dawie van der Walt
98. Masanori Kobayashi
99. Hyung-Sung Kim
100. Koumei Oda
101. Yusaku Miyazato
102. Mark Wiebe
103. Charley Hoffman
104. Matthew Southgate
105. Chris Rodgers
106. Byeong-Hun An
107. Brian Harman
108. Jamie McLeary
109. Paul McKechnie
110. Oliver Fisher
111. Shawn Stefani
112. Rhys Enoch
113. John Singleton
114. Christopher Hanson
115. Billy Hurley III
116. George McNeill
117. Chris Stroud
118. Cameron Tringale
119. Oscar Floren
120. Kevin Stadler
121. Chesson Hadley
122. Anirban Lahiri
123. Scott Stallings
124. Bryden Macpherson
125. Rhein Gibson
126. Jin Jeong
127. Justin Walters
128. Hiroshi Iwata
129. Ashun Wu
130. Yoshinobu Tsukada
131. Dong-Kyu Jang
132. Juvic Pagunsan
133. Hyung-Tae Kim
134. Tomohiro Kondo
135. Ben Martin
136. Matthew Baldwin
137. Danny Willet
138. Michael Hoey
139. Victor Riu
140. Robert Karlsson
141. Justin Leonard
142. John Daly
143. David Duval
144. Nick Faldo
145. Sandy Lyle
146. Tom Watson
Note: Hard to dismiss arguably the greatest links golfer ever but at age 64 his chances are long
147. David Hearn
148. Kristoffer Broberg
149. Ross Fisher
150. Ryo Ishikawa
151. Scott Jamieson
152. Thorbjorn Olesen
153. Tyrrell Hatton
154. Cheng-Tsung Pan (a)
155. Bradley Neil (a)
156. Paul Dunne (a)
157. Ashley Chesters (a)

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