Jacklin not expecting surprise Open winner


Two-time major winner Tony Jacklin does not expect any surprises at the 2016 Open Championship, backing one of the world's top 15 players to triumph.

Danny Willett was ranked 12th when he claimed the green jacket at the Masters in April, while Dustin Johnson triumphed at the U.S. Open from sixth in the world last month.

Jacklin, who won his first major at The Open in 1969 and remains Europe's most successful Ryder Cup captain, believes the theme will continue at Royal Troon next week.

"I think one of the top 15 players in the world will be victorious, I don't think there will be any surprises," said Jacklin in an interview with Fleet Street Media.

"I will be surprised if there is an obscure name that won. It's going to be interesting, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

"Sometimes you can be fortunate with the weather and if you get the right tee time. Getting ahead early is important, you can't win the first two rounds but you can lose it - just stay in the mix early on."

While he believes the higher-ranked players will be prominent in the upper reaches of the leaderboard, Jacklin considers the right mentality from the outset to be of paramount importance to claiming the Claret Jug.

"Whoever wins it would have put it in their heads first," he said.

"It helps a lot if you've done that because you're not shocked when that final day comes and you have a chance to win when you're on the 18th hole.

"If you've put in the visualisation of being at the top of the leaderboard, with that mentality you feel more comfortable with the pressure you have got to deal with.

"It still comes down to putting one foot in front of the other."