Eleven Australians take to the links at Royal St. George's this week at the 149th Open Championship. Five have won this season - will one add the claret jug?

It’s been 28 years since Greg Norman lifted the Claret Jug after winning his second Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, the last Australian to win the oldest major. There is no doubting that Australian players are on the rise with multiple winners across the PGA and European Tours this season. Could this be the year that we see Australian glory at Royal St. George’s again?

Adam Scott was 13-years-old when Greg Norman won, something that was very important to him at the time. He recalled in a press conference this week:

“I think it was the most impactful time. I was really into the golf at that point. I'd stopped playing other sports and I was golf nuts, and it was right around that time that that happened.

I remember getting up and watching the end, falling asleep for little bits here and there because it was probably early in the morning, I think.

Strong images of the whole round, that final round of Greg's really. It was quite inspiring. I think it was the perfect victory and timing for me, looking back on it and wanting to just be out there doing what Greg did.”

Adam Scott The Open
Adam Scott at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2002

When asked about the dominance of Australians across the tours at the moment and the chance of one of them winning this week, Scott added:

“Could be. The form is good. Min Woo and Lucas [Herbert] are playing well. Cam Smith seems to play well at big events every time at the moment, and Marc Leishman has come close at an Open, as well.

For me The Open now is, if we had to rank tournaments you'd love to win, that sits clearly at the top. I felt like I had a hand on the Jug once, and it was a good feeling while it lasted. I'd like to kind of have two on there. But if there is one event I'd like to win before my career is out, it would be The Open.

I'm not really stacking the pressure on myself this week, but it would be a lovely story for an Aussie to follow in Greg's footsteps here.”

With that in mind here are the 11 Australians who are hoping to follow in Greg Norman’s footsteps this week in Kent.

Australian contenders

Min Woo Lee


  • 22-years-old
  • World Ranking 61
  • 2021 wins – abrdn Scottish Open
  • First Open Championship
Lucas Herbert Dubai Duty Free Irish Open


  • 25-years-old
  • World Ranking 49
  • 2021 wins – Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
  • Second Open Championship
  • Best Finish – T51 in 2018 Carnoustie
Jason Day The Open


  • 33-years-old
  • World Ranking 68
  • Last won in 2018 at Wells Fargo
  • Tenth Open Championship
  • Best Finish – T4 in 2015 St Andrews

Aaron Pike The Open


  • 35-years-old
  • World Ranking 643
  • First Open Championship

“It’s the biggest tournament in the world in my opinion - it’s the original – and I have wanted to play it for a very long time. But I also want to do well in it.”

Brad Kennedy The Open


  • 47-years-old
  • World Ranking 219
  • Topped Tour of Australasia Order of Merit
  • Third Open Championship
Marc Leishman Cameron Smith


  • 37-years-old
  • World Ranking 33
  • 2021 wins – Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Cameron Smith
  • Tenth Open Championship
  • Best Finish – T2 in 2015 St Andrews
Jason Scrivener The Open


  • 32-years-old
  • World Ranking 103
  • 2021 – finished 2nd Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
  • First Open Championship
Matt Jones The Open


  • 41-years-old
  • World Ranking 63
  • 2021 wins – Honda Classic
  • Fifth Open Championship
  • Best Finish – T30 in 2015 St Andrews
Adam Scott The Open


  • 40-years-old (turns 41 on Friday)
  • World Ranking 43
  • 21st Open Championship
  • Best Finish – T2 in 2012 Royal Lytham & St Annes
Marc Leishman Cameron Smith


  • 27-years-old
  • World Ranking 28
  • 2021 wins – Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Marc Leishman
  • Fourth Open Championship
  • Best Finish – T20 in 2019 Royal Portrush
Deyen Lawson The Open


  • 30-years-old
  • World Ranking 633
  • First Open Championship – first major appearance
  • Winner of the 36-hole Final Qualifying event at Prince’s

Five of the 11 players have already won this season and with major champions Jason Day and Adam Scott also in the mix, it isn't such a wild prediction that an Australian could be in contention come Sunday afternoon at The Open.

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