When Dustin Johnson claimed the first major victory of his career with a magnificent performance, all eyes turned to the British Open which will be the next test for all the elite golfers around the world. The Open begins on the 10th July at the Royal Troon in the West of Scotland. It will provide a stern test for all the players and test every aspect of their game, from the tee to the short game, with the added unpredictability of the weather meaning that it should be an enthralling watch for all the spectators out there.
It is clearly the standout of the summer schedule as everyone will be desperate to get their hands on the Claret Jug and they know how difficult it will be. The Open was held at the Royal Troon in 2004 and to highlight the surprising nature of the course, the winner was Tom Hamilton, an American who shocked the world to beat Ernie Els in a play-off, which will give inspiration to all the players when the time comes to tee off. The course has four par-three holes which will seriously test the short game of the players and that could be an important factor when deciding who will come out on top. With the British summer notoriously unreliable and the windy conditions that are likely to accompany players in Glasgow, the short game could be pivotal. Getting on the green may be difficult, but when you are there it is important to capitalise, ensuring that you are flawless. Given these circumstances could we be in for a shock winner? Zach Johnson won a playoff last year and British favourite Rory McIlroy was victorious in 2014, and whilst the likes of the Northern Irishman, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day should never be ruled out given their undoubted ability, when it comes to picking a winner better value might be further down the field. You can compare odds and find all the latest news surrounding The Open at bookies.com who will have a list of all the players competing and allow you to find the guy who you think could become this year’s Todd Hamilton.
Of course, the conditions on the day may not be as blustery as the players may fear which will allow them to play with more freedom, but they will all have a game plan of how to adapt should their fears be realised. Players are more likely to play it safe and search for the easier fairway option instead of risky shots which could backfire.
Overall, The Open is a prestigious event in the golfing calendar and has thrown up many memorable moments over the years, and no doubt that this year in Glasgow will be no different. It is a tough, challenging course, particularly the back nine with the prevailing north-westerly wind. It will once again be bringing the elite of the game, and as a spectator we should be in course for a fantastic occasion, The Open is approaching.