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Jason Day (AUS)World ranking: 1; Age: 28 Last five Opens: T4-T58-T32-T30-T60 Recent form (last five starts): T3-T8-T27-W-T5 Best result in 2016: Winner (Players Championship, WGC-Dell Match Play, Arnold Palmer Invitational) Top-10s in 2016: Eight; Starts in 2016: 13 The Australian did not have the best of records in the Open before finishing just one shot outside the play-offs last year. St Andrews really was the starting point of his remarkable run and he will be eager to show the world he can win on links courses too. Dustin Johnson (USA) World ranking: 2; Age: 32 Last five Opens: T49-T12-T32-T9-T2 Recent form (last five starts): W-W-T5-T3-T12 Best result in 2016: Winner (US Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational), third (The Memorial, Shell Houston Open) Top-10s in 2016: Nine; Starts in 2016: 14 The American is enjoying the form of his life. His long-hitting takes most hazards on the golf course out of play, and he also possesses remarkable touch on and around the green. There really is no reason why he can’t make it three wins in three starts. World No1 will be the bonus if he does.
Lee Westwood (ENG) World ranking: 39; Age: 43 Best Open finish: Second (2010) Recent form (last five starts): T11-T32-T8-Top-10s in 2016: Three; Starts in 2016: In contention both at the Masters and the this year, the Englishman is showing he force. At peace with his personal life now, game is slowly getting back at its best.
Sono molto dispiaciuto di annunciare che ho deciso di rinunciare alle Olimpiadi di Rio a causa di motivi familiari. Non avrei mai voluto mancare al ritorno del golf alle Olimpiadi, ma sono sicuro che Matteo terrà alti i colori italiani al mio posto Unfortunately I have decided to withdraw from the Italian Olympic team due to family reasons. I am very disappointed to miss out on golf's return to the Olympics however, I am confident that Matteo will do a fantastic job in my place.