The Open Championship returns to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in England for the first time since 2006 when Tiger Woods won his most recent Open Title. Last year’s winner at Muirfield was Phil Mickelson who will look to become the first back-to-back winner of the Open since Irishman Padraig Harrington did it in 2007 and 2008.
Royal Liverpool is actually located in the city of Hoylake which is often the name used when talking about the course so if you hear that name used, that’s why. The course is a par 72 layout that covers over 7,200 yards. Because of its’ location in England, it is often known to have the toughest conditions in the British Open rotation.
The course sits tucked away along the western shores of England on the Irish Sea. Because of this location, the wind can whip in numerous directions and at high speeds. The British Open is typically synonymous with rain as well as and that’s where the irony of the 2006 Open Championship comes in to play.
The area was actually suffering from a drought at the time and Tiger Woods used his length to his advantage by using his driver just one time during the four rounds. He was able to control his shots off the tee with his irons while not sacrificing much length because of the dry conditions. This week’s Open marks the return of Woods to major championship golf.
The 14-time major winner missed both the Masters’ and the US Open following back surgery in late March.
Here’s your weather forecast for the four-day tournament:
Thursday, Sunny and 75, Friday, Rain/Wind and 75, Saturday, Rain and 79, Sunday, Sunny and 72
No major tournament relies on weather as much as the Open Championship does so take that report seriously if wagering this week. Let’s get to the favorites.
Adam Scott 14/1 – The world’s number one player enters the Open with a fairly strong record in recent outings. Scott has had three top ten finishes in his last five tournaments but his last win was May 22nd.
Rory McIlroy 14/1 – Despite his personal life playing out in the public, McIlroy won Europe’s BMW Championship in May. Since then, he has missed a cut and not really challenged in four tournaments. He will be a popular winner should he pull it off this weekend.
Justin Rose 14/1 – Rose is as hot as anyone having won last week’s Scottish Open and the Quicken Loans National. Rose burst onto the scene as a teen in the British Open and a win for him would be very special.
Henrik Stenson 16/1 – Since finishing 34th at The Players Championship, Stenson has earned four straight top tens and is a very popular pick heading into the week. He is due for a Major title and finished second last year at Muirfield.
Tiger Woods 18/1 – The question is simple for Tiger; how healthy is he? The bigger question for you is, do you think he is healthy enough to win?
Martin Kaymer 20/1 – Kaymer’s last two wins were the US Open and The Players’ Championship. Not too bad huh? He has to be considered a strong pick for the Open title.
Phil Mickelson 20/1 – The defending champion finished in 11th place in last week’s Scottish Open and that was his best finish in many weeks. The one thing about Phil is never count him out.
Graeme McDowell 25/1 – McDowell had been struggling recently until he won the French Open two weeks ago. He will enter with good knowledge of playing in England and could be a nice pick.
Sergio Garcia 25/1 – The best golfer to never to win a Major has six top tens this season and at 34 years old, his window is starting to close.
Long-shots I like: Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar 40/1, Angel Cabrera, Ian Poulter 50/1
Who Wins? Call me crazy but I just have this feeling that Sergio is finally going to win a Major.