Australians at the 2019 British Open

List of Australia's British Open champions and how the six Aussies teeing up at Northern Ireland's Royal Portrush course on Thursday shape up.

ADAM SCOTT
ADAM SCOTT Picture: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

AUSTRALIA'S BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONS:

5: Peter Thomson (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965)

2: Greg Norman (1986, 1993)

1: Ian Baker-Finch (1991), Kel Nagle (1960)

HOW THE 2019 AUSTRALIAN HOPES SHAPE UP AT ROYAL PORTRUSH:

ADAM SCOTT

Age: 39

World ranking: 16

Best major performance: 2013 US Masters champion

US PGA Tour wins: 13

Best British Open results: 2nd 2012, tied third 2013, tied fifth 2014

Opens played: 19 (15 cuts made)

Odds: $36

Why he can win: Scott's world-class ball-striking is built for links golf. Scott held at least a share of the back-nine lead on Sunday in three British Opens from 2012 to 2015.

Why he might not: Pressure. A second major to go with his 2013 Masters title has proved elusive down the stretch.

JASON DAY

Age: 31

World ranking: 18

Best major performance: 2015 US PGA champion

US PGA Tour wins: 12

Opens played: Eight (eight cuts made)

Best British Open result: tied fourth 2015

Odds: $41

Why he can win: Day's driving and iron play have improved out of sight and he is hitting more fairways and greens than ever.

Why he might not: Short game and putting woes. Usually in the top three putters on the US PGA Tour, Day currently ranks 35th.

MARC LEISHMAN

Age: 35

World ranking: 24

Best major performance: tied second (2015 British Open, lost a three-man playoff)

US PGA Tour wins: 4

Opens played: Eighth (six cuts made).

Best Open performances: tied second 2015, tied fifth 2014, tied sixth 2017

Odds: $67

Why he can win: Leishman has a gift for flighting irons under the wind, which is crucial in links golf at the Open.

Why he might not: Driving. The driver has been Leishman's weakness and finding fairways is critical at the Open.

CAMERON SMITH

Age: 25

World ranking: 42

Best major performance: tied fourth 2015 US Open

US PGA Tour wins: 1

Opens played: two (one cut made)

Best Open: 78th (2018)

Odds: $201

Why he can win: Smith thrives on tough courses and brutal weather conditions, which are both expected this week.

Why he might not: Inexperience and poor Open form. Smith has played just two Opens and only managed a 78th placing when making the cut.

JAKE MCLEOD

Age: 24

World ranking: 194

Opens played: 0 (major debut)

Odds: $751

Why he can win: Low expectations and freedom. This is McLeod's major debut and he will fly under the radar.

Why he might not: Form. McLeod has missed seven cuts in his debut European Tour season this year.

DIMI PAPADATOS

Age: 28

World ranking: 229

Opens played: 0 (major debut)

Odds: $751

Why he can win: Strong closer. Papadatos has won four pro events in three different countries.

Why he might not: Like McLeod, form. Papadatos has missed his past five cuts in a row on the European Tour and its secondary circuit.


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