9. Rory McIlroy
Perhaps the biggest question mark heading into the 146th Open is what kind of Rory McIlroy will show up? The four-time major winner is mired in a run of bad form since the reoccurrence of his rib injury earlier this summer. Everyone knows the natural ability still resides inside the Northern Irishman, but can he overcome a balky putter and shaken confidence to regain his major winning form?