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The Open – Key stats 

The Open is upon us! Starting early tomorrow morning 156 players will attempt to win the special 150th Open at the legendary St Andrews.

In this article, we are going to pick out 8 key stats to look and pick out the top ranked player in each price bracket. 

First, though, let’s have a look at the weather as this can help shape what key stats we want to look at. 

Weather Forecast

There has been a lot of speculation about how the Old Course can stand up to the modern game.

With its exposure to the Scottish coastline and no trees on the property to stifle conditions, the severity of the wind will ultimately dictate how low players can score.

As of 13:00 Wednesday the weather forecast continues to look very calm with no discernible split between AM or PM waves on Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday look just as calm. 

Forecast taken from

8 Key stats – Top in each price bracket

Birdies or better gained

With the weather looking so calm there is a potential for shooting low scores. Here are the top birdie makers this year.

Birdie or Better gained
20m+Justin Thomas1st
18-20mCam Smith2nd
16-18mSam Burns10th
14-16mRussell Henley9th
12-14mKeith Mitchell18th

Par 4 Scoring

St Andrews has 14 Par 4’s. Much more than your average course with many of them potentially drivable. Par 4 scoring will be important. 

Par 4 Scoring
20m+Justin Thomas1st
18-20mXander Schauffele3rd
16-18mSungjae ImTied 4th
14-16mSeamus Power2nd
12-14mChris KirkTied 26th

Driving Distance – All Drives

With the course dry and firm the ball will run far which actually might neutralize the maximum benefit of distance. However, it never hurts. Especially on the reachable Par 4’s.

Driving distance – All drives
20m+Jon Rahm1st
18-20mDustin Johnson12th
16-18mBrooks Koepka10th
14-16mCam Young2nd
12-14mLuke List4th

3-putt avoidance

With the humungous greens at St Andrews this is a clear key stat. Being able to avoid too many 3-putts when putting from long distance will be very key if you are to have a good week. 

3-putt avoidance
20m+Justin Thomas43rd
18-20mXander Schauffele4th
16-18mTyrell Hatton3rd
14-16mTalor Gooch2nd
12-14mLucas Herbert5th

Approach for 50-125 yards

With so much run of the fairways, there won’t be too many long irons needed from the fairways this week. 50-125 yards looks a good distance to target. 

Approach for 50-125 yards
20m+Jusin Thomas1st
18-20mCam Smith3rd
16-18mMax Homa5th
14-16mRussell Henley8th
12-14mChris Kirk4th


Links golf courses demand plenty of imagination. The need to get out of tricky situations will occur multiple times over the weekend and here are some of the best at doing so.

20m+Justin Thomas9th
18-20mShane Lowry2nd
16-18mSungjae Im4th
14-16mChristian Bezuidenhaut5th
12-14mKeith Mitchell14th

Open History

The demands of a British Open are much different from your normal PGA-style event. Having a good track record at previous events shows a player has been able to adapt. 

Open history (min 8 rounds since 2017)
20m+Jordan Spieth1st
18-20mXander Schauffele5th
16-18mBrooks Koepka2nd
14-16mRobert Macintyre7th
12-14mJustin Harding11th

Form (last 24 rounds)

Form is always important. Here we have taken the last 24 rounds and included the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. 

* Majority of rounds come from DP World Tour. 

Form – 24 rounds (* Majority on DP World Tour)
20m+Rory McIlroy1st
18-20mXander Schauffele2nd
16-18mTony Finau3rd
14-16mRyan Fox*4th
12-14mJason Scrivner*17th

If you would like to delve deeper into some of these stats and more we recommend heading to Hopefully this has added some food for thought when choosing your player pool for this week’s contest.

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Good luck!

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