The Open Championship is truly the most historic tournament in all of major golf. What is it about the tournament that is so magical? The courses play a huge role in it.
The Open Championship is near yet again, six times and golf’s oldest major championship will take center stage at the legendary Royal Birkdale Golf Club. With the Masters and U.S. Open being won by Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka respectively, anybody can come out and win the coveted Claret Jug.
But, what is it about The Open Championship that captures the hearts of golf fans all over the world? One of the magical things about the tournament is the rich history of the event, which dates all the way back to the 1860’s.
This alone, adds to the intrigue, as you walk to links lands, and feel the history beneath your feet. Each course tells a story, as you dive into a fairy tale filled with Kings, Queens and noble knights.
The tournament is so old, that there are courses that were Open Championship hosts, that folks may have forgotten about. In particular, Musselburgh Links, a nine hole course, that has hosted The Open, but last hosted in 1889.
That just shows how long this great tournament has stretched. Not only that, Prestwick, the legendary course which was where the tournament was born, has hosted The Open 24 times but the last one, incredibly was all the way back in 1925.
With Royal Birkdale being the host course this year, it’s a course that has brought fans many memories. From Arnold Palmer’s win in 1961 Open, to Mo Martin’s amazing victory at the 2014 British Women’s Open, Birkdale has become one of the most recognizable courses when it comes to golf’s oldest major.
No doubt that this Open at Birkdale will be another dandy, with the richest depth of talent in recent golf history, anybody can come out on top. With world number one Dustin Johnson and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka among the favorites, Royal Birkdale can definitely favor the powerful hitters off the tee.
One thing’s for sure is that, The Open Championship never fails to thrill us. If the duel between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson last year at Royal Troon wasn’t and indication of The Open’s greatness, then I’m not sure what is.
The walk to the 18th green at Royal Birkdale, with its iconic clubhouse staring down at you, is truly one of greatest walks in golf. We as fans, eagerly await to see who makes the triumphant walk come that Sunday, to raise the Claret Jug in victory.
The breathtaking courses, history, players, and fans, is what truly makes The Open Championship special. July 20th can’t come soon enough for the 146th tournament.
You can follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! I don’t have a Claret Jug, but I do have a jug of sweet tea!
Colin GP Mieczkowski
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