The Open is without a doubt the most iconic and prestigious golf event year round and has been for a long time. The history surrounding this event is incredible. How about 2007? When we all thought Sergio finally had a chance to lock down a major only to be reminded that it wasn’t his time yet (and wouldn’t be for a while). Or 2009 at Turnberry, when Scotland’s native son, Tom Watson, fell short to Stewart Cink. Little did Cink know that he would be trolled by Turnberry with his championship winning smile covered by a tree in the Turnberry Lobby. We certainly can’t leave out Tiger’s performance in 2000, lapping the field by eight strokes with his lead and capturing a grand slam at the age of 24. It’s hard for me to fess up and submit to the greatness of the Open as an American and avid lover of all things Augusta, but as a lover of the game of golf I can tell you that the mystique surrounding The Open is unrivaled. We have a great weekend ahead of us.
Royal Birkdale is home to the event this year for the 10th time since the club opened in 1889. Most recently in 2008 Birkdale crowned Padraig Harrington in an unbelievable repeat effort where Harrington admitted he shouldn’t have been playing due to injury on his wrist. Birkdale is known for high winds, which you can expect to see this weekend, that will absolutely torture your driver. Rory is planning to use a 1 iron this weekend to counter the wind, and Phil has said he might not pull his driver out all weekend. The narrow fairways are aligned with 123 bunkers in all. The fairways are laid out on the flat surface that is aligned by monstrous dunes, providing a great spot for those blessed enough to attend the event. Expect an interesting start with the double dogleg on #1 providing a test right out of the gate. Birkdale will test the group this weekend and whomever can provide for the best finesse and consistency in their game will likely be sipping booze out of the claret jug Sunday night.
I’d love to see a win out of the young Jordan Spieth this weekend. As a Texas native, it is near impossible not to keep my hopes up that Jordan will come through this weekend. Plus, he even said, that this is the “easiest major to win” because of the unpredictability of the weather. I’d also like to see Rory blow up out there, because I just can’t get on the Rory train. The storyline is cute, but he’s won it before and it’s Jordan’s time now.
Most of all, I’m looking for the same thing you all are looking for out of this weekend. Some sure fire entertainment and a close finish between top 10’s that keeps me on the couch all day Sunday. Here’s to a great weekend to all my fellow golf-nuts out there. Cheers!