Ah……It is that glorious time for all golf fans in mid-July when you wake up each morning to see winds gusting and players battling the links style course across the pond. Yes I am talking about the British Open. Like numerous other golf fans I am thoroughly excited to watch another major unfold but I have one request…….please be as advertised.
Golf has so many iconic players that are teeing it up this week that it would be a shame to not have the tournament come down to the final pairing. It was so fun to watch Tiger at St. Andrews in 2002 as he steam rolled the competition. As strange as it sounds it was also fun to watch Jean van de Velde’s epic collapse in 1999 at Carnoustie as it reminds all of us amateur players just how impressive it is to lift the Claret Jug.
This may be very unpatriotic of me to say but I would like to see an Englishman hoist the trophy for the first time in my lifetime. I have seen the likes of Luke Donald and Colin Montgomrie come close but have yet to witness a win by a Brit on home turf. This drought dating back to 1969 could come crashing down if the current number one player in the world (Luke Donald) can put together 4 solid rounds of golf at an immaculate golf course.
And what about Tiger? Where does he figure into this tournament? After an impressive win at Congressional, he misses the cut the next week? Tiger has an impressive golf game and I predict a huge week for him. I imagine the thought of approaching the age of 40 with still 4 majors wins to go to tie Jack Nicholas’ all time record looms in his mind. Tiger will win at least one more major tournament and my prediction is that his legacy will include breaking Jack’s record of 18 majors. I hope to watch his “Tiger Vision” on Sunday afternoon (wee hours of the morning here in the States) as he eyes a perfect tee shot en route to another impressive win.
All in all, I am hoping for a tournament to reclaim the excitement that golf can bestow on the sports community. After all, the game that was started among sheep herders across the pond should generate some fireworks as well as prime the engines for the Ryder Cup later this year.
Doc’s prediction for British Open Champion: Lee Westwood
I like Westwood because of his calm demeanor and his rock solid consistency. I mean as long as there are no overhanging trees to lose his ball into I think the Englishman stands the best chance for a win.