Bubba Watson is the highest earner on this season’s PGA Tour. The 2014 Masters champion has won $5,102,161 in 14 starts this season.
Tiger Woods heads into the 143rd Open Championship as the career money winner on the PGA Tour. Woods has won a staggering $109,591,058 since turning professional in 1996. Phil Mickelson is in second place on the all-time list having pocketed $74,003,990.
Watson also leads the US Tour’s driving distance category with an average of 314.1 yards. That’s just ahead of Dustin Johnston (311.1), and J.B. Holmes 308.0 but Rory McIlroy is no slouch in this area either because he’s currently in seventh place on the list with an average of 305.0 yards. The current Tour average is 288.5.
Sergio Garcia finished tied fifth at the 2005 Open Championship at Hoylake and he can be expected to perform well again given that he’s No. 1 on the scoring table with an average of 69.112. That’s just ahead of Matt Kuchar (69.364) and Dustin Johnson (69.512) who are also in the field at Royal Liverpool.
Steve Stricker pulled out of this week’s Open Championship and in his absence Jordan Speith might be the best putter at Hoylake. He’s currently second on the PGA Tour’s putting average table with an average of 1.714. Rory McIlroy is third on this list (1.718) just ahead of Bubba Watson.
Hoylake has 82 bunkers but that should not concern Sweden’s Jonas Blixt because he leads the PGA Tour in sand saves. He has been up-and-down from 62.35% of the greenside bunkers he’s found himself in this year.
This week we can expect fireworks from the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jimmy Walker and Adam Scott. McIlroy leads the birdie average table with an average of 4.47 just ahead of Walker (4.29) and Scott (4.13).
Matt Kuchar enters The Open a bit under the radar but he has the potential to be near the top of the leaderboard come Sunday given that he’s claimed no less than nine top-10 finishes in 17 starts on the PGA Tour this year.
Adam Scott arrived on England’s Golf Coast having made his last 36 consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour. That run puts him just ahead of Stricker (33) and Jim Furyk (20).