“The Open-The Best”
I don’t know if it is the history that makes the British Open so very special.
Or maybe it is the wide array of courses they have used in Scotland, England, Ireland.
Maybe it’s the venues of all the small villages wrapped around the links they have been tramping around at since the 1860’s.
Or it could be the weather that crops up off the Irish Sea that can turn nasty in an hours’ notice.
Then there is the pressure to win it on the final day, with the networks, the galleries, and the history of Old Tom Morris peering down.
They tee off on Thursday morning , just after midnite-Wednesday our time, in what may be as wide open a tourney as we have seen.
The hottest golfers aren’t playing all that well.
Don’t know where Dustin Johnson’s game has gone too this year. Back issues are plaguing Jason Day. A wide variety of nagging healt issues has impacted Rory McIlroy.
Who knows if a kid like Jordan Spieth or Jon Rahm are ready to step up.
Maybe it’s Ricky Fowler’s turn to string together four good days against the course and the competition.
Tiger Woods is home and Phil Mickelson’s game is no longer what it once was.
There are oh so many flashbacks when you think the ‘Open Championship’.
Tiger Woods, coming off a 15-stroke US Open victory, winning back to back tourneys in 2000.
Phil Mickelson roaring from 5-strokes back on the final day to get a win in 2013.
Johnny Miller’s 3-days of 66-66-69 right there at Birkdale..
Tom Watson-Jack Nicklaus in the ‘Duel in the Sun’.
Rory McIlroy shooting a 63-one day, and then an 80-the next as the winds came up and his game went away..
The wild weekend of Jan VandeVelde, heard from once, but never again.
It’s where Seve Ballesteros wowed us. Old warriors like Mark O’Meara and Tom Lehman had special days.
A tourney that gave us greatness like Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Arnie Palmer, credited with actually coming up with the idea of the “Grand Slam” of golf in the 1960s.
When you think Open championship, you close your eyes and see the picture book snapshots.
Greens, fairways, the clubhouse…and all the layouts of St.Andrew’s…Hoylake..Carnoustie…Troon…Turnberry…
and Royal St. Lytham.
It’s special, maybe because it’s on foreign soil, or it’s at the place where the game was born.
The Open Championship, as great as the Masters, and just ahead of our US Open.