The Open - Preview

To say I am excited for this one is an understatement. The other majors provide us with great entertainment but The Open is just a completely different test to the rest. If anyone caught the Scottish Open last week you would have seen the types of things the players were up against. On the 1st day the par 5 16th was a 245 yard carry to the fairway that ended up being straight into the wind, more than half didn't hit the fairway. The big difference this week will be the course. We are back at the home of golf, St Andrews, for the 150th Open. As iconic as the old course is it is not the hardest course they will play especially if the wind is down. It doesn't help that the UK has had uncharacteristically good weather meaning the fairways are likely to be very dry and the ball run and run. Rickie Fowler had a 438 yard drive last week because of this. All that said I'm sure the R&A will do all they can to make it a special event and here are a few of the players you need to watch for.

Matt Fitzpatrick

After his fantastic win to pick up the US Open, Matt has to be one to watch. He had a solid game at the Scottish Open last week finishing in a tie for 4th on -3, 4 shots behind the winner Xander Schauffele. With the ground being so firm its all going to be about the short game and Matt is regarded as one of the best putters in the world. It might be a big ask to win back to back majors but he has to have a great chance.

Rory McIlroy

Which Rory is going to turn up? Rory has had a pretty good season, winning in Canada and strong finishes in the other 3 majors but he is yet to be really in the mix on the final day. He played some warm up rounds with Tiger last week so hopefully he picked his brain on how to get it done round St Andrews. I hope he manages to put the 4 rounds together, its been 8+ years since he won a major.

Scottie Scheffler

The World number 1 hasn't won in like 8 weeks...... this is only shocking due to the amazing start to the year he had. Since he won The Masters he has been very steady without really threatening. His best result was a 2nd place at the US Open and even though he was leading on the last day he was always doing the chasing needing Matt and Will Zalatoris to do worse than him rather than him being able to play his game and win. He has been on the wrong side of the draw in last weeks Scottish Open and the US PGA missing the cut in both but I'm sure he will come into this week full of optimism and hoping to be on the right side of the draw.

Xander Schauffele

We need to mention last weeks winner. Xander has been playing well most of the year with this criticism that he just can't hold it together at the end of the rounds. Going into the last day with a 1 shot lead it was looking like the same old story with 2 bogeys on his front 9 letting everyone else back in. The back 9 was a different story though showing great composure to get himself back to level par and winning by 1 shot. The conditions in Scotland were tougher than they are likely to get this week so with the form he is in he has to have a chance.

It is going to be a great week and I can't wait for it. Keep an eye out on the emails for your chance to win some lessons!

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