The 145th Open, Royal Troon – 10th – 17th July 2016
The 2016 British Open is here once again, held at Royal Troon, a links course located in South Ayrshire. Founded almost 140 years ago in 1878, the course started out with only five holes! The Open has been hosted here eight times, the last being back in 2004.
Some of the most renowned and greatest Golfers in the world have emerged victorious from the Open on this course: the legends Tom Watson, Bobby Locke and “The King” himself, Arnold Palmer just to name a few. The past 6 Open winners at Royal Troon have all hailed from the United States.
Apparently, everyone who sets foot on the course dreads the 11th hole, being the hardest on the course, which many top golf players have found out the hard way. One such example is Jack Nicklaus, who made a quintuple bogey on the 11th back in 1962.
The most famous hole at Royal Troon is the par 3- 8th, titled the “Postage Stamp”. The hole may only be 123 yards, but when the wind picks up, it can prove tough, even to seasoned professionals.
Players to watch out for this year:
Jason Day: Travelling from down-under, Australian Jason Day is currently number one in the World Golf Ranking. He has won the PGA Championship, and will definitely be a solid contender this week. Winning his first major tournament at the 2015 PGA Championship, Jason scored a record 20 strokes under par, rising to number three in the world rankings at the time.
Dustin Johnson: Dustin Johnson is an American player, who currently plays on the PGA Tour. Ranked number two in the world, he’s a big hitter and a favourite at this year’s Open. Having won the US open only a month ago, can Johnson claim his second major victory this year? We shall see!
Rory McIlroy: Hailing from Northern Ireland, McIlroy will have a lot of support behind him this week. As a member of the European and PGA tours, he’s a four-time Major winner, winning his first major back in 2011 at the sprouting age of 22. He then went on to win another two by the age of 25. He’s currently ranked 4th in the world.
Rickie Fowler: Another contender from the United States, Rickie Fowler is also a member of the PGA tour; in both 2007 and 2008 he was ranked top amateur golfer in the world. He’s now a seasoned Pro and ranked 7th in the world. He’s been very close to winning a Major, and in 2014 he was a runner-up in the Open Championship to Rory McIlroy.
Danny Willet: A very popular golfer, after winning his green jacket in the 2016 masters he is definitely one to watch out for. Danny Willett is part of the European tour and is currently ranked 9th in the world. Also aiming for a second major victory this year, Willet is keen to keep British success coming this week.
And there we have it, our favourites to look out for at this year’s Open. Who are you backing this year? Get at our Twitter @HenryJSocks and let us know!
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