McIlroy was third at St Andrews in 2010 but that remains his only top 20 in six Open starts.
Four-time Masters winner Woods hasn't won a major since 2008 and an Open since 2006.
Second (2012) and third (2013) in the last two Opens, Scott is one of the big favourites this year.
Landed his second major title when scoring a superb victory in the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst.
Had a sensational second half of the season in 2013 and now in hot pursuit of a first major title.
A brilliant winner of the Claret Jug at Muirfield last year in his 20th appearance in The Open.
A brilliant fourth at Royal Birkdale as an amateur in 1998 but has never made the top 10 in an Open as a pro.
The Spaniard has had seven top 10s in the Open and played in the final group at Hoylake in 2006.
The Aussie has taken to majors like a duck to water and already has five top four finishes.
The youngster has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame and is becoming a regular contender in the big events.
Still carries the unwanted tag of one of the best players yet to have never won a major.
The Northern Irishman has a strong record in the majors, highlighted by his 2010 US Open victory.
Fowler has been one of the star performers in the majors this year with a fifth and a second.
The American bomber has had his chances at the majors but is still looking to land his first big one.
Ultra-consistent in the majors in recent years but has still to make the big breakthrough.
The Ryder Cup hero was third in last year's Open at Muirfield and also a runner-up in 2008.
The unorthodox left-hander won a second Masters green jacket in three years at Augusta in April.
The Englishman has won some big tournaments in his career but still can't get it done in the majors.
The gritty American won the 2003 US Open and has had four top five finishes at The Open.
Won the 2012 US Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco on just his fifth start in a major.
A former Masters champ and a regular winner on the PGA Tour but his US Open record is poor.
A true Open specialist with two Claret Jugs and 11 other top 10s. Third at Hoylake in 2006.