This article is part of our Majors Value Meter series.
Below are our 2019 Open Championship rankings. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve other leagues and DFS as well, no matter the nuances.
Royal Portrush has not played host to the Open since 1951. The 2012 Irish Open was held there, as was the 2014 British Amateur, which was won by Zander Lombard, who is in the field this week. There are two courses, but the Dunluce Links is the championship track used for all the big events there. The course record was set by Rory McIlroy, who shot a 61 as a 16-year-old in 2005.
There is scant course history, so we base these rankings on Open Championship history, major history and, of course, current form.
These rankings were formulated before the Scottish Open and John Deere Classic were completed, and before the final four spots in 156-man Open field were filled. Three spots were being held at the Scottish and one at the Deere for high finishers not already exempt. If the spots aren't filled that way, then they will be using the world rankings. We'll update any additions/changes to the field in the comments below.
(a) = amateur
1) Rory McIlroy
McIlroy won the Open in 2014 at Liverpool, has finished top-5 the past three years and now heads to a track where he once shot 61. Brooks Koepka deserves the top position at the other majors but not this one.