Age: 25 Country: Australia World Rank: 18th Appearances: 2 Cuts Made: 2 Rounds played: 8 2012 Finish: Did not play Best Finish: T30 (2011) Low Round: 70 (R1 - 11) Scoring Average: 72.50 Money Won: $65,182
Finally back to full health after struggling with injury last year, Day has five top-10 finishes this season. In 2011, he notched back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Masters and the U.S. Open. This year, he took third and shared second at the season's first two majors. He has made the cut in his two British Open appearances, but has only finished tied for 30th and 60th. Should improve on that this year.
Donald won in Europe and the United States in 2012, but has two missed cuts this year to go against three top-10 finishes. He tied for 25th at the Masters and eighth at the U.S. Open. Donald has shared fifth in two of the last four Open Championships, but missed the cut by three at Muirfield in 2002. Has broken par in just 10 of his last 26 rounds at the British Open.
Age: 43 Country: South Africa World Rank: 13th Appearances: 22 Cuts Made: 19 Rounds played: 82 2012 Finish: 1st Best Finish: 1st (2002, 2012) Low Round: 65 (R2 - '06) Scoring Average: 70.60 Money Won: $5,701,131
Els has the distinction of having a double title defense this week. Last year, he closed with back-to-back 68s, then watched as Adam Scott bogeyed the final four holes to hand Els the crown. Els won a 4-way playoff at Muirfield in 2002 for his first Open Championship title. Last year's title was Els' fourth major championship, as he also has a pair of U.S. Open crowns. Els missed three of five cuts from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but has played well of late with a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open and a 1-stroke win at the BMW International Open.
Garcia shared 45th at the U.S. Open after coming off a little war-of-words with Tiger Woods. Things have quieted down between the two, so both should be able to focus on golf this week. For Garcia, that means going for his first major championship title. Among his six top-10 finishes this year was a share of eighth at the Masters. In 2002 at Muirfield, Garcia teed off early in the third round and posted a 71. Weather moved in later in the day and helped Garcia soar into third place. He closed with a 69 that year, but ended tied for eighth. Missed the cut last year after playing all four rounds the previous seven years at the Open Championship.
Age: 31 Country: USA World Rank: 22nd Appearances: 3 Cuts Made: 2 Rounds played: 10 2012 Finish: T19 Best Finish: T19 (2012) Low Round: 68 (Two times - most recent R3 '12) Scoring Average: 72.50 Money Won: $99,848
Has already collected eight top-10 finishes this year, topped by a win at the AT&T National. Has been hit or miss of late with three missed cuts and three top-10s. Haas has made the cut in two of his three Open Championship starts, but has broken par in just two of 10 rounds at the year's third major. He has shot under par in only one of six rounds in majors this year. Will Jekyll or Hyde show up at Muirfield?
Won twice last year, but only has three top-10s this year, and one came in a Match Play event. Tied for 23rd last year at Royal Lytham. Has made the cut in six of his previous seven Opens, and last year was his best finish at the season's third major. He has broken par in only four of 26 British Open rounds.
Kuchar has made the cut in every start this year, but that is contrary to his Open record. Has made the cut in just two of eight British Open appearances, with a share of ninth last year being his best finish at the Open Championship. Kuchar has two big wins this year at the Accenture Match Play and the Memorial, and has tied for eighth (Masters) and 28th (U.S. Open) in the first two majors.
The 2010 U.S. Open champion is the hardest player to forecast for the year's third major. In his last eight starts, McDowell has five missed cuts and three wins. Jekyll and Hyde indeed. Has played all four rounds at the British Open in six of his nine starts, with a share of fifth last year being his best finish.
The struggles continue for the former world No. 1. He has missed the cut in two of his last four starts, and he failed to crack the top 40 in the two cuts he made. Teased everyone with a runner-up finish at the Texas Open, but shared 25th at the Masters. Had a pair of top 10s before his recent four-event stretch. Hasn't won since the European Tour's season-ending event last year in Dubai. McIlroy has made the cut in all five Open Championship starts, yet only contended in 2010 at St. Andrews. Shared third there, but next best finish was a tie for 25th in 2011.
Age: 43 Country: USA World Rank: 8th Appearances: 19 Cuts Made: 15 Rounds played: 68 2012 Finish: Missed cut Best Finish: T2 (2011) Low Round: 66 (Two times - most recent R2 '04) Scoring Average: 72.38 Money Won: $1,549,198
Mickelson's finishes of late are similarly as confounding as McDowell's. Mickelson has missed the cut in two of his last four starts, but tied for second in the other two. He coughed up the U.S. Open lead, again, in the final round after not being in contention at the Masters. Won in Phoenix earlier in the year and has five top-three finishes in all. Has just two top-10 finishes at the Open Championship, and shared 66th at Muirfield in 2002. Opened with a 68 that week, but couldn't break 70 the rest of the way.
Age: 30 Country: South Africa World Rank: 10th Appearances: 6 Cuts Made: 3 Rounds played: 18 2012 Finish: T19 Best Finish: 1st (2010) Low Round: 65 (R1 - '10) Scoring Average: 71.94 Money Won: $1,406,328
The 2010 champion has battled a few injuries of late, but carded four rounds in the 60s at the Greenbrier. Won the Volvo Golf Champions early this season, but missed the cut at the Masters and withdrew from the U.S. Open. After breaking par in all four rounds en route to victory at St. Andrews in 2010, Oosthuizen has broken par in two of eight rounds since at the Open Championship.
After a quick start to the year with a pair of top-10 finishes, Poulter has cracked the top 20 once in his last 11 starts and that came at the Volvo World Match Play, where he lost both his matches to share 17th place. Missed the cut at the Masters and shared 21st at the U.S. Open, where he went plus-9 over the final two rounds to slide from contention. In his last five British Open starts, he has missed two cuts and finished in the top 10 twice. Shared 50th at Muirfield in 2002, when he was part of the field that got blown away by bad weather in the third round. He went from ninth after two rounds to tied for 43rd after three rounds.
The U.S. Open champion has to be considered one of the favorites entering the Open Championship. He two of his six top-10 finishes in his last four starts. Started the Travelers the week after the U.S. Open with three straight rounds in the 60s before fading with a 71 in the final round. His best finish at the Open Championship came as a teenager in 1998, but he also finished tied for 22nd in Muirfield in '02, where he was in contention after the first and third rounds. Has missed the cut in two of his last three British Open starts, but he should turn that around this week.
Age: 28 Country: South Africa World Rank: 15th Appearances: 8 Cuts Made: 3 Rounds played: 22 2012 Finish: Missed Cut Best Finish: T14 (2010) Low Round: 66 (R2 - '06) Scoring Average: 72.55 Money Won: $243,953
Opened the season with four top 10s in his first five starts, and has two more in his last four events. Shared 25th at the Masters and took 14th at the U.S. Open. The British will be his first start since the U.S. Open. After making the cut in 2010 and 2011, Schwartzel missed the cut last year. Overall, he has made the cut three times in eight tries.
The Masters champion has played as little golf as anyone in the field. The Open Championship will be his 10th start of the year. Scott has made the cut in all nine of his events, but is trending downward with ties for 45th and 57th in his last two starts. Will try to bounce back from last year's disastrous finish in which he bogeyed the final four holes to hand the title to Els. The runner-up finish was just his second top-10 finish in 13 Open Championship starts. He missed the cut at Muirfield in 2002.
Age: 27 Country: USA World Rank: 19th Appearances: 1 Cuts Made: 1 Rounds played: 4 2012 Finish: Did not play Best Finish: T16 (2011) Low Round: 66 (R1 - '12) Scoring Average: 71.25 Money Won: $90,352
The 2012 U.S. Open champion is the opposite of Scott having played 17 events, among the highest total in the field. Has as many missed cuts (four) as top-10 finishes. Missed the cut at the Masters and shared 32nd at the U.S. Open. Tied for 16th at the 2011 British Open, but missed last year's Open due to the pending birth of his second child.
Age: 32 Country: USA World Rank: 7th Appearances: 4 Cuts Made: 1 Rounds played: 10 2012 Finish: T3 Best Finish: T3 (2012) Low Round: 64 (R2 - '12) Scoring Average: 72.20 Money Won: $464,725
In his last 12 starts, Snedeker has six top-10 finishes and four missed cuts. Shared sixth at the Masters and 17th at the U.S. Open, so he has played well in the majors this season. Tied for third behind Els last year, but that was his first made cut in four British Open starts. Went 7-over par in the final two rounds to fall four strokes behind Els.
The big-hitting left-hander is still searching for his first win since taking the 2012 Masters in a playoff over Oosthuizen. Watson made the cut at the first two majors of the year, but didn't contend in either. After missing the cut in his first two Open Championship starts, Watson tied for 30th in 2011 and 23rd last year.
Age: 40 Country: England World Rank: 12th Appearances: 18 Cuts Made: 13 Rounds played: 62 2012 Finish: T45 Best Finish: 2nd (2010) Low Round: 67 (Three times - most recent R1 '10) Scoring Average: 72.27 Money Won: $1,821,372
The Englishman has seven worldwide top 10s this year, including a share of eighth at the Masters. Also tied for 15th at the U.S. Open. Missed the cut at Muirfield in 2002, but has made the cut at the Open Championship in six of his last seven starts. Started slowly in 2009, but climbed into a share of third place, then took second in 2010 at St. Andrews.
Age: 37 Country: USA World Rank: 1st Appearances: 16 Cuts Made: 15 Rounds played: 62 2012 Finish: T3 Best Finish: 1st (2000, 2005, 2006) Low Round: 64 (R3 - '97) Scoring Average: 70.48 Money Won: $4,865,398
Will Woods be healthy enough to contend at Muirfield? That is the biggest question heading into the season's third major. Woods hurt his left elbow when he won the Players Championship, but scuffled to ties for 65th and 32nd at the Memorial and U.S. Open. Was clearly in pain at Merion, but battled through it. Still looking for his first major victory since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Shared third at Royal Lytham last year. In 2002 at Muirfield, Woods was part of the field that got blown away by terrible weather. He shot 81, his worst score as a professional, in round three. Rallied with a 65 in the final round, but that only moved him back into a share of 28th.