By Tyler Ruby on July 15, 2014
It was just four years ago that Louis Oosthuizen broke onto the scene and ran away with the Claret Jug at St. Andrews. Could there be another player to make a similar run this year? Here are five little-known golfers who can contend this year at Royal Liverpool.
If you haven't heard about Erik Compton's story, do yourself a favor and look it up. After suffering through multiple heart transplants, he is now playing some of the best golf of his life. He is coming off a second-place finish at the U.S. Open, and if he has proven anything, it's to never count him out.
The 38-year-old Welshman has six career wins, and he finished T-32 at last year's Open Championship. He finished in 14th place at the Masters this year, and you can never underestimate how important this championship means to the Europeans. He could play some inspired golf this week.
Stephen Gallacher's name pops up on the leaderboards every now and then, and I wouldn't be shocked to see the Scotsman's name in the leaderboard at the Open Championship this week. He has two top-25 finishes at the Open Championship, and he has been in fairly solid form this year.
Avid golf fans know who Gary Woodland is. Regardless, Woodland possesses the firepower to completely own a course no matter the style. He's got two top-35 finishes at the Open Championship, and he has presented himself well at a number of high-profile tournaments this year, including the Masters.
Richard Sterne has nine professional wins in his career, and he may be remembered for his performance in the Presidents Cup last year. He finished T-21 at last year's championship, and he has consistently been one of the better players on the European Tour in the past few years. The South African could make a run at the Claret Jug on Sunday.
May 25, 2015 by Tim Letcher
The PGA Tour continues it Texas swing this weekend with a stop at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Irving. Read More
May 24, 2015 by Tim Letcher
There were high expectations for Chris Kirk when he arrived on the PGA Tour. Read More
May 23, 2015 by Tim Letcher
There have been a number of players making statements on the PGA Tour this season. Read More
May 23, 2015 by Brandon Raper
Rory McIlroy stumbled at the BMW PGA Championship, but a disappointing missed cut won't impede his major championship aspirations this summer. Read More
May 22, 2015 by Brandon Raper
Jordan Spieth fell from the top of the leaderboard following a bad day at Colonial, but he's proven to have a short memory and an uncanny ability to bounce back. Read More
May 22, 2015 by Tim Letcher
Players on the PGA Tour have different ways of motivating themselves. Read More
May 21, 2015 by Tim Letcher
There is a four-letter word that scares PGA Tour golfers more than any other. Read More
May 20, 2015 by Brandon Raper
Colonial Country Club hosts one of the PGA Tour's most prestigious events. In a star-studded field, who will shine brightest in the Lone Star Read More