PGA: A Look Inside The 2019 Open Championship
It’s kind of a bittersweet moment as golf has arrived at its final major of the year. The Open Championship or British Open starts in the wee hours on Thursday morning US time. This is the one major that isn’t played on US soil. The Open Championship has its kind of obstacles. The rough on these courses is higher and thicker. Also, the wind always plays a factor. The 2019 Open Championship will be played at Royal Portrush golf club in the Dunluce course.
Some of the big stories coming into this week are as follows. Phil Mickelson fasted and lost 15 pounds to try to be in better shape. Defending champion Francesco Molinari will be ready to defend his title. Of course, we will always have Tiger Woods in the news. In a press conference earlier this week, he said his historic win at the Masters took its toll on him. He also said that his short game is where he would like it to be but there is still an aspect he needs to work on.
Another golfer to watch is Brooks Koepka. Koepka finished second at the US Open nearly winning three in a row. Gary Woodland will look to use his success of winning his first major into the Open Championship. Woodland said that he might skip the tournament but decided to take some time off after the Open Championship. Look for players like Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and Rickie Fowler to be hanging around the top of the leaderboard. Let us also not forget Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, and Jon Rahm just to name of few of the foreign stars.
The Americans have won 9 of the last 10 majors. Will this be the week that a non-American wins a major? The course will be a challenge for these players. Let see who rises in the final major of the year. Many of the courses that the tournament is played on have been around since the turn of the century. It will all come down to the player that can keep the ball out of the thick rough. That player will be raising the Claret Jug on Sunday.