British Open Strategy
Heading into the 3rd major of the year this week, the British Open. Each major has their prestige, the Masters has tradition and beautiful course, the U.S. Open plays the toughest courses, and the British Open has tradition and strategy.
Played on traditional links courses the British Open provides firm fairways, blind shots, deep rough grasses, and pot bunkers everywhere. This is where the strategic aspect comes into play during this major, players have to understand the course and plan their shots very carefully. Today's new technology in golf clubs and golf balls will only help them so far this week. It ultimately comes down to their strategic understanding of their own game on the course conditions.
This years British Open will be held at the Royal St George Golf Club in Sandwich, England. This course has hosted the tournament 13 times since 1894. The last time it was played in 2003 Ben Curtis produced one of the most memorable wins in the history of the championship.
While this is the only one of the four majors to be played outside of U.S. soil it also appear that this year the Americans aren’t the strongest in the field. Rory McIlroy has been on the top of his game and winning the U.S. Open has gives him the confidence to perhaps win another major this year. Luke Donald is ranked #1 in the world and is playing the most consistently of any player so far this year. Last week he proved he knew links courses dominating at the Scottish Open. Of course their is Jason Day who has been doing extremely well at his past appearances at major championships picking up a 2nd place at the U.S. Open, Masters, and T10 at the PGA before that.