Team Shot Scope’s Picks for The Open

David Hunter – CEO & Founder, Handicap 6
Winner – Adam Scott
Scott already has one major under his belt. The currently ranked X player has performed well at The Open championship in recent years. His last 4 finishes are 2nd,T-3rd, T-5th and T-10th. He made the cut in 2004 when the Open was last at Troon, so he already knows the course, and knows what to expect from this championship golf course
Wildcard – Matthew Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick has won twice now on the European tour……. He is already showing massive amounts of experience and guts at the age of 22. In 2013 he was the lowest amateur in The Open and won the silver medal finishing T-44th at Muirfield. Even though this is his first Open championship as a professional I still think he is one to watch this week.

Gavin Dear – Chief Commercial, Handicap +2
Winner – Rickie Fowler
In 2014 Rickie finished in the top five in all four majors. He won The Scottish Open at Gullane last year showing he can play links golf and win. He has played in the Open 3 times and has made the cut 100% of the time, his best finish was last year at St. Andrews T-4.
Wildcard – Sergio Garcia
Sergio has had 9 top tens in the Open Championship which includes two 2nd places. He enjoys playing links golf and the pressure of the Open Championship. He finished tied 5th at the US Open so is showing good form going into this week.

Lewis Allison – Chief Technology Officer, Handicap 20
Winner – Jordan Speith
The world No. 3 finish Tied 3rd at the WGC Bridgestone. He is no.1 in birdie average on the PGA tour, making an average of 4.56 birdies per round. The Open is one of the two majors that has evaded him in his short but very successful professional career.
Wildcard – Luke Donald
Donald has had an inconsistent season but is slowly trying to turn it around. At the RBC Heritage event he had his best finish on the PGA Tour since 2014 (T-2nd) and at the WGC he was 5th in scrambling. At last years Open he finished tied 12th at St Andrews and hopefully this year he can turn his season around.

Jamie Binning – Commercial Assistant, Handicap 2
Winner – Jordan Speith
Speith has won the US Open and the Masters, he got close last year on winning his 3rd major but fell short at tied 5th. He has proved he can perform well on links golf and I think Troon suits his game well.
Wildcard – Colin Montgomerie
He is from Troon and grew up playing the golf course. He knows it better than anybody else in the field and hopefully local knowledge will help him prevail. His best finish in The Open was in 2005 finishing in 2nd place.

Rachael McQueen – Community Engagement Exec, Professional LETAS
Winner – Jordan Speith
In order to score well at Troon you need to have a good short game and Jordan Speith is renowned for his putting. He is currently ranked 3rd in the OWGR’s. He finished tied 4th in last years Open Championship at St Andrews and has his eyes set on winning the claret jug this year.
Wildcard – Russell Knox
He is from Scotland so knows how to play links golf and proved that with a top ten finish at Castle Stuart last week in the AAM Scottish Open. He is currently ranked 26th in the OWGR and the Scottish crowd will all be behind him.

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