The Claret Jug is one of the most coveted trophies in all of golf but there can only be one recipient of it this year. Who will be champion of the 145th Open Championship? Here are my predictions.
The people love fun facts as we all know so here's a great one: an American has won the Open Championship at Royal Troon six straight times. The last time a non-American won this tournament at this particular course was the great Bobby Locke back in 1950. Now that doesn't mean that a non-American will not win the Open Championship (because anything can and will happen on the links) but the history definitely favors those repping the red, white and blue.
It seems that one of the more popular picks for this weekend is Sergio Garcia. Garcia's struggles in getting it done at the majors is well known at this point and especially so at the Open Championship. After all, he finished tied for sixth and tied for second in his last two Open Championships and he has been the runner-up now twice in his career. And the numbers may be on his side but that side, he did not play well the last time at Royal Troon as he missed the cut and I'm not expecting him to be the winner come Sunday.
Instead, I'm picking Dustin Johnson to win at Troon this weekend. It may not be the sexiest or the most out there prediction but as I said in the wake of him winning at Oakmont last month, he was poised to go on a big run. Then he came right back and won the Bridgestone Invitational in his first tournament after the big US Open victory. Only three players ever have gone on a three-tournament win streak that included two majors and they were Rory McIlroy (2014), Tiger Woods (2006) and Ben Hogan (1953). It's a daunting task but Johnson definitely has the talent and now has the confidence necessary in order to pull it off.