Here’s a quick look at what you need to know about this years British Open
Where is it being played?
Royal Portsrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
This is the first time the (British) Open has been held in Northern Ireland since the 1950s. The event usually stays in Scotland and England.
With the event held in Northern Ireland it makes, Rory McIlroy the crowd favorite. McIlroy may not be having a great year, but he is playing in his home country. McIlroy ushered in his celebrity in golf when he won the U.S. Open in 2011 at a mere 21 years old. He would go on to win his first Open 3 years later at Royal Liverpool.
Who Could Win:
If you don’t pick him you haven’t been watching golf for the past 2 years where he has been the whole story, or should have been if sports media didn’t suck. Koepka is having a streak for the history books, are you watching?
Others: Tommy Fleetwood, Francisco Molinari, Xander Schauffle, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas
Who has won the other Majors this year?
The Masters: Tiger Woods
The U.S. Open: Gary Woodland
Who are the best players in the world right now?
- Brooks Koepka
- Dustin Johnson
- Rory McIlroy
- Justin Rose
- Tiger Woods
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Francisco Molinari
- Jon Rahm
- Justin Thomas
- Patrick Cantlay
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You can look here to get a better understanding of the Majors, why they came to be the most important events in golf and who has become legend with wins at them. You can read about that here.
We have also been talking about the current state of American golf (hint: it is VERY good)
We have been examining the Greatest Golfers, with looks at Harry Vardon (the best at the Open winning it 6 times), Bobby Jones (won the Open 3 times) and Ben Hogan (with only 1 win at the Open because most of the best players were not traveling to Europe).
There is also Young Tom Morris’ story to read about, he won the Open 4 times all before his tragic death at 24.
The British Open can be watched on NBC for the next 4 days, before NBC’s coverage the Golf Channel has the event.