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Five Outsiders to Watch at The Open

By: | Mon 12 Jul 2021

Much attention will be placed on the likes of Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka at Royal St George's, but all 156 players at the 149th Open will be determined to put themselves into a contending position.

So, who could be the name to emerge from the pack and get their hands on the legendary Claret Jug? Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out five relative outsiders who may well have a memorable week in Kent.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Hugely talented South African who has shown his pedigree with some decent performances on the PGA Tour. Like so many from his part of the world, has a wonderful short game.

Victor Perez

Lives in Dundee so he is used to the wind. The Frenchman has his eyes on securing a Ryder Cup berth and a decent performance this week will go a long way towards helping him achieve that goal.

Robert MacIntyre

Robert MacIntyre

Has the game to cope with the wind and will be keen to rediscover his early-season form. Missed the Irish Open because of a Covid scare but at least it gave him time to work on is game.

Garrick Higgo

Could end up winning a bucketload of titles. The young South African already has three victories this season, including his maiden win on the PGA Tour.

Lucas Herbert

Now a two-time winner on the European Tour after his victory in the Irish Open. An unassuming Australian but make no mistake - Herbert has all the shots and will not be bothered if and when the wind blows.

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