1. Justin Rose [YAHOO CLASS B]
WORLD RANKING: #11
Rose has missed the cut in three of the last four Open Championships, but owns top-15 finishes from 2007 and 2009. In his last three starts, Rose placed T12 at the U.S. Open, won at Congressional in a playoff and is coming off another victory in last week's Scottish Open. In between his last two missed cuts, Rose registered four consecutive top-15s with a pair of top-fives.
2. Adam Scott [YAHOO CLASS A]
WORLD RANKING: #2
Scott has finished T3 and solo second the last two years in the Open Championship after years of mostly bland performances. He'll be competing for the first time since placing T9 at the U.S. Open, T4 at the Memorial and winning at Colonial. Back in 2006, Scott finished T8 at Royal Liverpool.
3. Henrik Stenson [YAHOO CLASS A]
WORLD RANKING: #3
Stenson comes in with four consecutive finishes of seventh or better with three coming on the European Tour. Over his last 10 worldwide appearances, Stenson has only finished outside of the top 16 twice. Back in 2006, Stenson finished T48 at Royal Liverpool. He was the runner-up last year at Muirfield.
4. Bubba Watson [YAHOO CLASS A]
WORLD RANKING: #4
Watson missed the cut in his first two Open Championship starts, but has under-performed over the last three years (placing T30, T23, and T32). Bubba was T10 after three rounds in 2012 and T11 after two rounds last year. Watson already owns two wins and five top-three finishes this season.
5. Rory McIlroy [YAHOO CLASS B]
WORLD RANKING #10
Since finishing T23 at the U.S. Open, McIlroy missed the cut at the Irish Open and placed T14 at the Scottish Open. McIlroy has struggled in his last two Open Championship appearances. Last year, he missed the cut for the first time after only managing a T60 in 2012.
6. Tiger Woods [YAHOO CLASS A]
WORLD RANKING: #1
Woods won the 2006 edition of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Despite being outstanding last year, Tiger has yet to finish inside the top 25 in five chances this season(even when healthy). Woods has played the Open Championship each of the last two years, placing T6 and T3.
7. Martin Kaymer [YAHOO CLASS B]
WORLD RANKING: #61
Kaymer won THE PLAYERS and the U.S. Open this season, allowing him to jump nearly 50 spots on the Official World Golf Ranking chart. He has only missed one cut over the last six years at the Open Championship, losing out on a top-20 last year in the final round.
8. Sergio Garcia [YAHOO CLASS C]
WORLD RANKING: #7
Garcia owns one win and four top-three finishes in 13 worldwide starts this season. In his last two starts, he finished T2 at TPC River Highlands and T12 at the BMW International Open (a European Tour event). Back in 2006, Sergio finished T5 at Royal Liverpool.
9. Jordan Spieth [YAHOO CLASS B]
WORLD RANKING: #9
Spieth was tied for 11th midway through last year's Open Championship debut, but finished outside of the top 40. Starting with his share of second at Augusta, Spieth has made nine consecutive cuts with only one result coming outside of the top 20.
10. Phil Mickelson [YAHOO CLASS A]
WORLD RANKING #8
Mickelson won last year's Open Championship at Muirfield, missed the cut in 2012, and earned a share of second in 2011. Back in 2006, Phil finished T22 at Royal Liverpool. Mickelson has improved since missing cuts (at the Masters and the PLAYERS) with two T11 finishes in his last three worldwide appearances.