By the time many of you read this post, the first round of The Open Championship will be under way. Some of the predictions will have come true and others…..well, lets just say better luck next time.
The predictions of many of the armchair pundits will be the talk of cyberspace, but unfortunately only a few will be proven to have the mental capabilities of the Amazing Kreskin! Which are you?
As previously stated, The Royal Troon is a beast of a course. The traditional links style landscape creates challenges on every shot and the postage stamp greens compound the woes of most players. The top of the leaderboard will be scattered with players who have, at least for one round, were not Trooned!
One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult. (http://www.royaltroon.co.uk/courses)
At just over 7200 yards, it is difficult to focus on one stat that will prove to be the deciding factor over the next 4 days. I am predicting that the player with the highest Greens In Regulation percentage will win The Open.
If you would like a fly by of each hole, check out this link.
The 3 finishing holes will determine the winner of the 2016 Open. The 16 will build the confidence of the big hitters as they carry the berm at 270 yards (only the big hitters because the finishing holes are into the wind) and have an opportunity to hit this 533 yard hole in two. There will be eagle opportunities, but not for the faint of heart. 17 and 18 will crush many hopes and dreams this weekend. I predict some big numbers on these holes because of their length, bunkering and the size and shape of the greens! The players that avoid being Trooned on the last three holes will have a chance to win the Claret Jug!
It is going to be an exciting weekend! I am looking forward to hearing about some great golf and with any luck, I will have an opportunity to watch Rory McIlroy walk off the 18th green on Sunday as the winner of the 2016 Open!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!