Top 25 Open Championship rankings

T-30, 2011
Thongchai Jaidee

This is another guy we rarely see in the U.S. except for majors and WGCs. He did miss the cut at the Players this year, but who wants to focus on the negative? He's going into the Scottish Open off a runner-up finish in France, and did I mention he won the Nordea Masters right before the U.S. Open?

T-13, 2009
Charl Schwartzel

It's been an up-and-down season so far for the South African. He's had a couple of good top-10s at Memorial and Doral mixed with a couple of bad missed cuts at the Masters and U.S. Open. The time off after the U.S. Open has done him well, and he'll come into the week fresh, healthy and ready to get a top-25.

T-14, 2010
Paul Dunne (a)

Dunne is the only amateur to make the list. The Irishman plays at Alabama but shot back-to-back 67s in qualifying to beat professional Oliver Fisher by 3 shots. The kid has heart and the game to back it up coming off a Palmer Cup victory earlier this year.

1st appearance
Kiradech Aphibarnrat

I know, I know. Why would this guy have a snowball's chance in hell to even make the cut? Because he's the Barn Rat, that's why! Gimme the guy who's short off the tee and doesn't even think about working out to buck every trend making us experts scratch our collective heads. He's my Vegas long shot with a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos!

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