With the start of the 2011 British Open a mere 8 days away, here are some of the notable participants, as well as a couple big names missing out this year:
The obvious favorite is Rory McIlroy, still fresh off his stunning 2011 US Open wire to wire victory. McIlroy has been resting since Congressional, and Rory is receiving anywhere from 4/1 to 5/1 odds to come out on top.
Perhaps next in line is Lee Westwood, former #1 OWGR and consistent performer. Westwood is still in the hunt for his first major.
Martin Kaymer is also a favorite, solidly in the number three spot in the world rankings. Kaymer is also young and has the ’10 PGA Championship under his belt.
Jason Day, a member of the “Young Guns”, is coming off a very solid 2nd place at Congressional, and an amazing bogey free final round in which he missed greens and scrambled brilliantly.
Of those not participating, Tiger Woods is obviously the biggest name. Tiger is still recovering from an Achilles injury during the Masters. He attempted to play the Players’ Championship but was forced to withdraw. Tiger’s return is still unknown, although he mentioned that practice has been limited to putting up until a week ago.
Tim Clark has also withdrawn due to an elbow injury, clearing the way for Anthony Kim. French Open winner Thomas Levet has also withdrawn with a fractured leg, after being injured during a victory leap following his victory in France at Le Golf National.
Of course, with a typically difficult setup and course conditions radically different from normal PGA standards, the event certainly favors the field. Look out for more preview information the coming days.