This year the 143rd British Open Championship graces the perfectly maintained fairways of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, Merseyside, a seaside town in the Wirral. Much like last years Open at Muirfield (and the 141 British Opens before that) on the 17th July the worlds top golfers will tee-off in an attempt to win the Claret Jug and also the huge prize pot of £975,000!
The organisers at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club have vowed to make this event the greatest ever British Open and hopes to attract a recording breaking spectator turnout. Hoylake previously hosted the Open back in 2006 and succeeded in attracting one of the biggest crowds in the whole history of the Championship. In comparison to last years event at Muirfield however, only 142,000 fans were admitted through the turnstiles, significantly less than what Hoylake did back in 2006. Surprisingly organisers blamed the intense heat of a summer heat wave for the lack of attendance.
Regardless of the volume of spectators entering the venue, the pros are still guaranteed to be in attendance, mentally and physically preparing themselves for the 18 holes ahead. Luckily the Scottish Open competes the week prior to the British Open, so it gives players a chance to get used to the British climate and conditions in preparation for Hoylake next week…
So who do you think will take the Claret Jug? Here are our “ones to watch":
Martin Kaymer: Kaymer’s approach at the US Open last month demonstrates his ability to work hard and keep calm under pressure. Although the chances of winning two consecutive majors are low, it’s not unheard of, with Pádraig Harrington winning both the British Open and PGA Championship back in 2008. We see no reason why Kaymer couldn’t do the same trick.
Lee Westwood: Westwood came close to taking home a win at last years British Open in Muirfield. Although Westwood’s performance hasn’t been too convincing in recent events, a practise run in the Scottish Open this week might just help him acclimatise back to British conditions once more.
Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama took 1st place in the Memorial Tournament in May at -13 and he also came 6th at the British Open in 2013. Although his positioning at the recent US Open (T35) wasn’t as impressive as his performance at other events, he could quite easily shine through at Hoylake.
Rory McIlroy: McIlroy has found his form this year, making it to a 4 man stand off at the Honda Classic in March and winning at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth. Mcilroy is obviously keen to keep up this good form and has shown promise thus far in the Scottish Open by breaking the course record and topping the leader board. If McIlroy can keep this up next week, he looks set to take the Claret jug.
Ready to tee off like the pros? Check out our “Which golfer are you?" guide to see who you measure up against!