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    This year’s Open Championship will take place at the historic Old Course in St. Andrews in Scotland, which has hosted the event 30 times,

    Collin Morikawa will be at the 150th British Open, hoping to defend his title from 2021, but it will be a tall order given the odds put him well behind favorite to win Rory McIlroy.

    According to tradition, Morikawa had to return the Claret Jug he won last year at Royal St. George’s by two strokes, in favor of a replica of the trophy and will have to brave the high winds of the “cradle of golf” s he wants to put himself in a position to win the real one for the second time in a row.

    “We’re at the end of our season. We’re in the fourth major tournament. The playoffs are coming up very soon. I want to try,” Morikawa told Yahoo Sports’ Ryan Young. “I really haven’t been in contention at all this year in any tournament, and that sucks because I like being in those places. I like going down the stretch and knowing you have to make great shots, make birdies , and shut it down, and I just didn’t put myself in that position.”

    Players also scheduled to compete are Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth and recent Scottish Open winner Xander Schauffele.

    McIlroy, the world No. 2 player, last won the Open Championship in 2014 and will look to extend the drought for American players as they haven’t won since Jordan Spieth in 2017.

    The Americans on the PGA Tour are struggling on the iconic course due to the weather that European Tour players are more accustomed to.

    “Anyone who has won this championship knows how tough it was,” Woods said last week via Golf Channel. “And to have won the Open Championship and for me in particular to have won in the land of golf is even more special. Like Jack [Nicklaus] said, your career is not complete unless you have won an open championship in the house of golf.”

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    Rory McIlroy +900 (bet $100 to win $900)

    Xander Schauele: +1200

    Scottie Scheffler+1400

    Justin Thomas +1600

    Jordan Spieth +1600

    Jon Rahm +1600

    Matthew Fitzpatrick +1800

    Patrick Canlay +2000

    Shane Lowry+2200

    Cameron Smith +2800

    Will Zalatoris +3000

    Collin Morikawa +3000

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    McIlroy has just one victory on this year’s PGA Tour, but he’s played some great golf at the majors.

    In the last three outings, he has finished in the top 10 and on the heels of playing a round with Woods at Ballybunion Golf Club in Ireland.

    The 27-year-old missed playing at St. Andrews in 2015 and is eagerly awaiting his chance in another Claret Jug.

    “At the end of the day, everyone who’s here has the same opportunity to go out there and try to win a Claret Jug, no matter what Tour they’re playing on or whatever,” McIlroy said. to ESPN’s Tom Hamilton.

    “Whoever wins here at the end of the week should be congratulated on one of the greatest achievements this game has to offer.”

    It’s been eight years since McIlroy won his last major at the PGA Championship in 2014 and he’s looking to snap that losing streak on one of the sport’s most iconic courses.

    “For me, [this Open Championship] feels more consequential because I played the first three majors really well,” McIlroy told CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter. I got off to a great start in Southern Hills, I couldn’t really go on. I also had good luck at the US Open. I finished second in Augusta [National]but I felt like I never had a chance that week.

    “I had three very solid finishes in the majors without going over the line. I think, to me, that’s why it feels more consequential. I go into it knowing I’m playing good golf, so that’s another really good chance for me to break this drought that I’ve been going through for quite a while.”

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    The old sports adage is true: winning cures everything.

    This is especially true for Schauffele, who is currently ranked second favorite to win the Open.

    And the reason is simple: he is on a roll.

    After not seeing a win since the end of 2018, the San Diego native is in tears, picking up four wins last year.

    “Just to get over the hump, honestly, it was big,” Schauffele told ESPN of his first PGA Tour victory this year in New Orleans. “It was definitely a boost for me, as you can see.”

    Now looking ahead to the final major of the year, Schauffele will hope to finally win his first major as he heads to St. Andrews as the hottest player in the sport.

    “I’m playing one of the best courses of my life and capitalizing on playing really well,” Schauffele told Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard. I don’t get everything out of it and I feel like I got the most out of my game.”

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