Adam Scott

New players winning majors makes this British Open wide open

An era of dominance in the majors ended the last time the British Open was at Royal Birkdale, even if nobody knew it.

Tiger Woods piled up so many majors so quickly that when he had knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines and had to sit out the last two majors, a few wags suggested that the next name engraved on the claret jug should include an asterisk.

Woods won 13 out of 36 majors in the nine years leading up to that 2008 British Open, and only three other players — Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen — won more than one. Sixteen players captured one major during that stretch.

In the 36 majors leading up to this next Open at...