Golfing News 10th July 2019 – Build up to The Open
With the 148th Open Championship just around the corner we wanted to take a look at what to expect out on the course and which players to look out for.
Speaking to BBC Sport Rory McIlroy who will no doubt be looking to take the title was saying how much he is looking forward to playing at Portrush.
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy says Royal Portrush is in great shape as he targets victory on home soil at the Open.
The world number three is also proud of the part he played in helping bring the tournament to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.
McIlroy will be among the favourites when action gets under way at the famous links course on 18 July.
Royal Portrush has changed a lot since the last time it hosted an Open Championship in 1951.
Unbelievably, there was a time when Royal Portrush, while well regarded for close to a century, was lost from view. Located in a land torn by the three decades of violence that came to be known as The Troubles, Royal Portrush was never so close to the tensions between Catholics and Protestants, but never all that far. Though The Troubles were largely why Northern Ireland was not in the discussion for an Open Championship for a lifetime, the only course that ever was in that discussion is Portrush’s mighty Dunluce Links. It last hosted the Open in 1951, the only time before or since that the Open wasn’t played in Scotland or England. Neither possible nor practical for what amounts to generations, Royal Portrush is now poised to reassert its qualifications while Northern Ireland writ large wants to show the world its poetry, not its peril. READ MORE
Who to back…
Here at 3 Hammers we have been casting our eyes over the field and have come up with a few names to look out for.
Tiger Woods – Tiger has to be the first name on the list, having won The Masters earlier in the year he will be looking to continue gaining ground on becoming the most decorated golfer. Having set out his schedule to build up for the majors they are definitely his number one priority.
Rory McIlory – Without sounding like were stating the obvious Rory McIlroy is bound to be in contention over the weekend. An Irish lad playing on the links at Portrush conditions should suit him down to the ground.
Brooks Koepka – Again past major winner in recent times, Brooks Koepka seems to be a step ahead of everyone else when the major championships arrive. To add to his unquestionable ability another added bonus is his Caddie who has served him so well recently come from Portrush in Ireland. That course knowledge he will bring to team Koepka will be priceless.
Jordan Spieth – You would be able to get slightly longer odds on Jordan due to his lack of form and consistency over the past 18 months. However his game has started to show signs of getting back to where it was 3 years ago and having already taken the Champion of the year title he will be going into this championship without any fear.
Former champion John Daly withdraws after buggy request is turned down
Two-time major winner John Daly has withdrawn from the Open at Royal Portrush after his request to be allowed to use a buggy was turned down.
The 1995 Open winner used a buggy at the US PGA Championship in May because of a knee problem.
After the R&A rejected his request on Saturday, the 53-year-old said he would try to “play through the pain” but has since had a change of heart.
We are sure there will be mixed reactions with backing for both the R&A and those who sympathy with John Daly.