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The Open Championship: Can Australia claim back-to-back Opens?

The 151st Open Championship will take place at Royal Liverpool this month and once again Australia’s best hopes rest with defending champion Cameron Smith.

Smith was the toast of Australia in 2022 when winning the Open Championship at St Andrews, and he will be looking to go back-to-back in the north west of England.

Smith is among the hot fancies and is priced at 17.00 to win it again, but it goes without saying, he is up against some hot competition.

He is not the only Aussie in the field, so let’s take a closer look at Australia’s chances of going back-to-back.

The 2023 Open contenders

Cameron Smith knows what it takes to win an Open Championship as he proved at St Andrews in 2022 and he is capable of going back-to-back.

However the competition will be fierce and Smith will have to overcome some quality opposition if he is to claim his second Major Championship.

Rory McIlroy is the hot fancy at 8.50 heading into the Open Championship. The 34-year-old has won four Major titles, including the Open Championship back in 2014.

That is the last time he claimed a Major, but it is surely only a matter of time before he breaks the drought and is a huge threat to Smith’s chances.

So too is the current world number one, Scottie Scheffler, who is priced at 10.00. The American won the Masters in 2022, but his best finish in the Open is tied for eighth in 2021.

Elsewhere, Jon Rahm is also priced at 10.00, while Brooks Koepka is available at 15.00.

Can Smith win?

It has been a mixed first half of 2023 for Smith but the 29-year-old is still expected to be a serious contender for the Open Championship this year.

Smith managed to win the Australian PGA Championship for the third time in his career at Royal Queensland but followed that up by missing the cut at both the Australian Open and Saudi International.

However, Smith has found his form since the back end of April, after finishing in fourth place in Adelaide, seventh in Singapore, second in Tulsa and tied for ninth spot at the US PGA Championship.

Smith did well at the US Open last month when finishing tied for fourth, with McIlroy and Scheffler just ahead of him.

Smith is Australia’s best chance of winning another Open Championship.

Adam Scott 

Scott knows what it is like to taste success in a Major having won the Masters at Augusta in 2013.

That success came just a year after he came so close to winning the British Open at Royal Lytham.

He was leading the Championship by four shots with just four holes to play but let the lead slip as clubhouse leader Ernie Els took the crown.

At 42 Scott could have another Major in him and is priced at 67.00 to go all the way.

Marc Leishman

Leishman relishes playing links golf and came close to winning the British Open at St Andrews in 2015.

He finished tied for the lead on 15-under along with Zach Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen and went into a three-way play-off.

It was Johnson that eventually came out on top but Leishman showed he can play links golf and will hope to pushing up the leaderboard at Royal Liverpool.

He grew up playing his golf in one of the windiest places in Australia, Warrnambool, Victoria so he will be able to cope with the conditions if it blows this week.

Leishman is 161.00 to win the Open Championship.

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