Power Rankings: 148th Open Championship

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka and his caddy Ricky Elliot on the 6th tee box ahead of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush GC on July 16, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The power rankings for the 148th Open Championship – the season’s fourth and final major – offers no huge surprises, other than maybe the exclusion of world No. 9 Justin Thomas – the only top-10 ranked player not listed.

Four-time major winner, and world No. 1, Brooks Koepka, is at the top of the list, with perennial superstars Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy firmly entrenched in the top half of the rankings.

Bernd Wiesberger, at No. 40, is the lowest ranked player on the list. The Austrian is joined by South African Louis Oosthuizen (22) and Englishman Matt Wallace (23) as the only players ranked outside the world top-20.

1. Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the first tee during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 15, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

The world No. 1 is a no-brainer as the top dog on this list. Koepka has two runner-ups and a victory in his three major starts on the season. This scores  out to an average finish of 1.67 in the season’s biggest events. In those three events, his world-ranking points haul was 100 (PGA), 60 (U.S. Open), and 43.3 (Masters)… The big-game hunter can become the first player in history to finish first or second in all four of the season’s majors.

Odds: 9-1
World Rank: 1
FedExCup: 2
2019 Majors: 2, 1, 2


2. Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele
Xander Schauffele plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 15, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Schauffele has cooled off somewhat after a red-hot start to the season (two wins in first five starts). He is another player who seems to perform much better on the bigger stages. In his last six major starts, he has four finishes inside the top-6 (6, 2, 35, 2, 16, 3), including a T3 at the U.S. Open.

Odds: 25-1
World Rank: 11
FedExCup: 4
2019 Majors: 3, 16, 2


3. Adam Scott

Adam Scott
Adam Scott celebrates after holing for birdie on the par 3, 17th hole during the third round of the 2019 U.S.Open Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 15, 2019 in Pebble Beach, CA. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

After a lengthy slump, which persisted for much of 2018, Scott entered the final major last season ranked No. 76 in the world. Less than a year later, he’ll enter this year’s fourth major with a ranking of 16 – an improvement of some 60 positions, and without a win… The former world No. 1 enters Royal Portrush off three straight top 10s, and five consecutive top 20s – all in elite-field events, including three majors.

Odds: 28-1
World Rank: 16
FedExCup: 17
2019 Majors: 7, 8, 18


4. Patrick Cantlay

Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay (center) and Justin Thomas react during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 16, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

The former all-world amateur is now an all-world professional. Cantlay enters the season’s final major off five top-15s in his last six starts, including a win at the season’s top regular tour stop – the Memorial Tournament. In three major starts, Cantlay owns two top 10s (T9, T3) and a T21. A win by Cantlay would surprise nobody.

Odds: 25-1
World Rank: 10
FedExCup: 6
2019 Majors: 21, 3, 9


5. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship held at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 16, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The home hero is the home favorite according to the bookmakers. McIlroy, now 30-years old, owns two wins on the season and a bunch of top-10 finishes, but if he were to come up empty in the majors, once again, his season would undoubtedly be considered a disappointment… He has two top-10s in three major starts this year.

Odds: 9-1
World Rank: 3
FedExCup: 3
2019 Majors: 9, 8, 21


6. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during a practice round ahead of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co. Antrim. Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

With just nine starts this season, the 15-time major winner has not played a heck of a lot in 2019, but a win at the Masters has already made Woods’ season a major success… His last four starts have included three majors.

Odds: 16-1
World Rank: 5
FedExCup: 23
2019 Majors: 21, MC, 1


7. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson Tiger Woods Rickie Fowler
Dustin Johnson watches his tee shot on the 17th hole, with Tiger Woods, left, and Rickie Fowler during a practice round ahead of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co. Antrim. Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The world No. 2 has enjoyed another terrific season with two worldwide wins and several top-5s, highlighted by two runner-ups at the majors… For the longest time DJ was the best player not to win a major; he’s now (by far) the best player in history with just a single major title to his name. He needs another one (or two) soon.

Odds: 16-1
World Rank: 2
FedExCup: 7
2019 Majors: 35, 2, 2


8. Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen Open Championship Power Rankings
Louis Oosthuizen hits a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images

We are not sure how the South African, who is ranked No. 22 in the world, found his way onto this list. It’s not like he’s No. 22 but in top form. In fact, he will enter Royal Portrush in very poor form (T46, T36, T7, T57, T60, T29). This snarky take all but guarantees Oosthuizen a top finish.

Odds: 50-1
World Rank: 22
FedExCup: 54
2019 Majors: 7, 60, 29


9. Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau
Bryson DeChambeau plays his shot from the third tee during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 16, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

The enigmatic American star seems to have returned to form after a mid-season slump. DeChambeau finished T35 at the U.S. Open but then strung together a T8 (Travelers) and T2 (3M Open) – his best consecutive starts (by far) of the 2019 PGA Tour season. He’s the highest ranked player (No. 6) without a major.

Odds: 40-1
World Rank: 6
FedExCup: 15
2019 Majors: 35, MC, 29


10. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar plays his shot from the third tee during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 16, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Kuchar has enjoyed another stellar season with two wins and several top-10s, including a pair of runner-ups. The 40-year old is still searching for his maiden major title… He enters off a T20 at the Scottish Open, and T16 at the U.S. Open.

Odds: 33-1
World Rank: 13
FedExCup: 1
2019 Majors: 16, 8, 12


11. Francesco Molinari

Francesco Molinari
Francesco Molinari looks on during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 15, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Jan Kruger/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

The 35-year old Italian enters the defense of his 2018 major title in poor form (T57, T16, T53, T48, MC)… He does have a win on the season (Bay Hill) and hopes to break out of his mini slump by becoming the first back-to-back Open winner since Padraig Harrington (2007-08).

Odds: 25-1
World Rank: 7
FedExCup: 24
2019 Majors: 16, 48, 5


12. Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm watches his tee shot from the 10th tee box during a practice round ahead of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush on July 16, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The 24-year old Spaniard is in top form entering Northern Ireland… After two straight missed cuts, Rahm has strung together three straight top-3s, highlighted by a win at the Irish Open… Along with Rickie Fowler, he’s probably the most talented player without a major.

Odds: 16-1
World Rank: 8
FedExCup: 11
2019 Majors: 3, MC, 9


13. Justin Rose

Justin Rose
Justin Rose plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 16, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The 38-year old Englishman has enjoyed another superb season with a win (Torrey Pines) and four top-10s… Like DJ, Rose is another one that seems way too good to have only one major title. A Claret Jug would look awfully nice alongside his U.S. Open trophy and Olympic Gold Medal.

Odds: 20-1
World Rank: 4
FedExCup: 9
2019 Majors: 3, 29, MC


14. Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace
Matt Wallace reacts to a tee shot during day three of the Betfred British Masters at Hillside GC on May 11, 2019 in Southport, UK. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Like Tommy Fleetwood in 2017, Wallace has become the Englishman on the rise this season. Following a breakout three-win European Tour campaign in 2018, Wallace has continued his upward trajectory with impressive performances on the bigger stages, highlighted by a T3 at the PGA Championship.

Odds: 40-1
World Rank: 23
FedExCup: N/A
2019 Majors: 12, 3, MC


15. Bernd Wiesberger

Bernd Wiesberger Wins Made in Denmark
Bernd Wiesberger celebrates after a birdie on the 16th green during day four of the Made in Denmark at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort on May 26, 2019 in Aalborg, Denmark. Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Austrian is probably the least familiar name on the list, but Wiesberger has been on a tear as of late, highlighted by a pair of wins (Scottish Open and Made in Denmark) and two additional top-10s in his six most recent starts… In this time period he’s moved from No. 378 in the world to No. 40.

Odds: 66-1
World Rank: 40
FedExCup: N/A
2019 Majors: 76, DNP, DNP


The power rankings are via Joel Cook’s Starter column.

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