Rickie Fowler and Padraig Harrington are just two of those who could be in contention for the win
Henrik Stenson is the defending champion but world No1 Dustin Johnson leads the betting with Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia all in contention.
And with just days to go until the championship gets underway, we’re going to try and make sense of the field at Royal Birkdale and pick out three men who could threaten to lift the Claret Jug in 2017 come Sunday night.
Rickie Fowler (Each way at 16/1)
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. There are few certainties at majors but there was a time when Fowler’s contention of the closing holes was a guarantee.
The form that saw him finish second (twice), third and fifth in the major championships of 2014 deserted him for two years but he appears to have rediscovered himself.
At 33/1, experienced major winner Adam Scott could be a smart bet
Having missed two consecutive US Open cuts, he finished fifth at Erin Hills last month to follow an 11th place at the Masters in Augusta.
His only tournament between the US and the British Opens came two weeks ago when he finished third in the Quicken Loans National.
Conditions across the two courses which hosted the tournament were by no means perfect and with wind and rain forecast on the Wirral this week, Fowler’s ability to cope with the great British summer will be crucial.
Adam Scott (To win at 33/1)
The Open, for all its unpredictability, rarely throws up complete rookies as the Champion Golfer.
Few will forget 2009, when Stewart Cink denied Tom Watson a sixth title 34 years after his very first. He was a remarkable 59 years old at the time.
It was a testament to the fact that experience is crucial to success on the links courses and Scott has bags of it.
The 37-year-old Australian is playing his 14th Open Championship and has recorded five top-10 finishes in the last six years – only 2016’s tie for 43rd blemishes that streak.
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Scott finished 16th at Birkdale the last time the Open visited in 2008 and he also has a ninth at the Masters earlier this year to show that he can still mix it with the big boys.
Padraig Harrington (To win at 66/1)
There was a point when it looked like Harrington wouldn’t even make this year’s open. Actually, there were two.
First, he had neck injury in March that ruled him out for around three months, but he returned the play the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.
However, he suffered a second injury setback in a freak accident while teaching at a golf clinic. An amateur accidentally struck him with a club, causing a would that required six deep stitches around the elbow.
But he was only out for around two weeks and is fit for Birkdale, where won with a score of three-over-par nine years ago.
There are few better at negotiating tricky conditions on a links course and he could be the man to tame Birkdale if the wind blows again this year.