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The final major of the 2022 golf season is almost upon us, and it’s already shaping up to be a cracker.

At the Old Course in St Andrews between July 14 and 17, the next Champion Golfer of the Year will be decided at the Open Championship.

There are plenty of stories to keep an eye on. Can Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas or Matt Fitzpatrick add to the majors they have already won this year? Will Rory McIlroy end his eight-year drought? Will Collin Morikawa defend his title? Or will a surprise winner emerge from the pack.

Extra historical significance is attached to this year’s championship, since it is the 150th time the game’s original major will have been played.

Let’s take a look at the players who will be fighting it out for the Claret Jug.

(Parentheses, where used, denotes other eligibility criteria by which players could have otherwise qualified)

1 – Open Champions aged 60 or under on 17 July 2022

Mark Calcavecchia, John Daly, Justin Leonard, Paul Lawrie, Tiger Woods (9), David Duval, Ernie Els (2), Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Stewart Cink (12), Louis Oosthuizen (3,4,12), Darren Clarke (2), Phil Mickelson (2,10), Rory McIlroy (2,4,5,11,12,15), Zach Johnson (2), Henrik Stenson (2), Jordan Spieth (2,3,4,12,15), Francesco Molinari (2,6), Shane Lowry (2,4,5,15), Collin Morikawa (2,3,4,5,10,12,15)

2 – The Open Champions for 2011-2021

3 – First 10 and ties at the 2021 Open

Jon Rahm (4,5,8,12,15), Dylan Frittelli, Brooks Koepka (4,8,10,12,15), Mackenzie Hughes, Dustin Johnson (4,9,12,15), Robert MacIntyre (5), Daniel Berger (4,12,15), Scottie Scheffler (4,9,12,15)

4 – The first 50 players on the OWGR (Week 21, 2022)

Cameron Smith (11,12), Justin Thomas (10,11,12,15), Patrick Cantlay (12,15), Viktor Hovland (5,12,15), Sam Burns (12), Xander Schauffele (12,15), Hideki Matsuyama (9,12), Will Zalatoris (5), Matt Fitzpatrick (5,8,15), Billy Horschel (5,6,12), Joaquin Niemann (12), Abraham Ancer (5,12), Tony Finau (12,15), Sungjae Im (12), Tyrrell Hatton (5,6,15), Paul Casey (5,15), Bryson DeChambeau (8,12,15), Harris English (12,15), Max Homa, Cameron Young, Jason Kokrak (12), Kevin Kisner, Corey Conners (12), Kevin Na (12), Talor Gooch (29), Thomas Pieters (5), Tom Hoge, Patrick Reed (9,12), Harold Varner III, Seamus Power, Tommy Fleetwood (5,15), Adam Scott, K.H. Lee, Lucas Herbert (5), Russell Henley, Keegan Bradley, Cameron Tringale, Webb Simpson, Mito Pereira, Marc Leishman

5 – First 30 in the DP World Tour rankings for 2021

Min Woo Lee, Nicolai Hojgaard, Richard Bland, Alexander Bjork, Bernd Wiesberger (15), Guido Migliozzi, Dean Burmester, Jason Scrivener, Ian Poulter (15), Laurie Canter, Thomas Detry, Danny Willett (6), Justin Harding, Garrick Higgo, Justin Rose.

6 – BMW PGA Championship winners for 2018-2021

7 – Top five and ties on the DP World Tour after the BMW International Open

8 – U.S. Open champions 2017-2022

Gary Woodland

9 – Masters champions 2017-2022

Sergio García (12,15)

10 – PGA Champions 2016-2022

Jimmy Walker

11 – The PLAYERS Champions for 2019-2022

12 – Top 30 players from the 2021 FedEx Cup

Erik van Rooyen

13 – Top five and ties on the FedEx Cup points list after the Travelers Championship

14 – VISA Open de Argentina 2021 Champion

Jorge Fernandez-Valdes

15 – Members of 2021 Ryder Cup teams

Lee Westwood

16 – First and ties on the Tour of Australasia for 2021-22

Jediah Morgan

17 – First and ties on the Final Order of Merit of the Sunshine Tour for 2021-22

Shaun Norris (18)

18 – Japan Open Champion for 2021

19 – Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Champion for 2022

Shugo Imahira

20 – First two and ties on the Final Official Money List of the Japan Golf Tour for 2021

Chan Kim, Takumi Kanaya

21 – First and ties, not exempt in a cumulative money list taken from all official 2022 Japan Golf Tour events after the 2022 Japan Tour Championship.

Kazuki Higa

22 – Senior Open Champion for 2021

Stephen Dodd

23 – Amateur Champion for 2022

Aldrich Potgieter (a)

24 – U.S. Amateur Champion for 2021

James Piot

25 – European Amateur Champion for 2022

26 – Mark H McCormack Medal winner for 2021

Keita Nakajima (a)

27 – Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion for 2021

28 – The Latin America Amateur Champion for 2022

Aaron Jarvis (a)

29 – Open Qualifying Series (OQS)

Thriston Lawrence, Zander Lombard, Ashley Chesters, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Yuto Katsuragawa, Joohyung Kim, Sihwan Kim, Dimitrios Papadatos, Ben Campbell, Matthew Griffin, Chris Kirk, Talor Gooch, Scott Vincent, Anthony Quayle, Brad Kennedy, Justin De Los Santos, Victor Perez, Ryan Fox, Adrian Meronk, Keith Mitchell, Wyndham Clark, J.T. Poston, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Emiliano Grillo, David Law, John Catlin, Fabrizio Zanotti, Brandon Wu, Jamie Donaldson, Kurt Kitayama

30 – Final Qualifying – Fairmont St Andrews, Hollinwell, Prince’s & St Annes Old Links

David Carey, Robert Dinwiddie, Alex Wrigley, Lars van Meijel, Matthew Ford, Ronan Mullarney, Jack Rutherford, Jack Floydd, Marcus Armitage, Sam Bairstow, Matthew Jordan, John Parry, Barclay Brown, Richard Mansell, Oliver Farr, Marco Penge

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