The third major championship of the season is upon us and everyone better be prepared for some good old links golf. The 145th edition of the Open Championship will be held in Ayrshire, Scotland at Royal Troon. Many refer to the Open Championship as the British Open but the true and accurate name is the Open Championship.
Royal Troon has hosted the Open Championship on eight different occasions. Until this year, it had been since 2004 that the historic landmark hosted the season’s third major. The course has not lacked for drama or memorable moments over the years and this year it will be no different. The challenges that await the field will prove that a worthy Champion Golfer of the Year will be crowned when the weekend comes to an end. An interesting note is that Royal Troon has seen an American win over its last six additions. Now let’s spend some time looking at Open Championship 145 Predictions, Picks 2016 British Open Royal Troon
Dates: July 14 – 17 2016
Course: Royal Troon
Stats: 7,190 Yards; Par 71
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel 1:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel 1:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel 4:00 – 7:00 AM, NBC 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 4:00 – 7:00 AM, NBC 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
Purse: $9.3 million total purse
Open Championship 145 Predictions, Picks 2016 British Open Royal Troon Hardest Holes
Hole No. 8 – Par 3, 123 Yards
While not ranked in the top-5 in 2004, the short Par-3 is challenging nonetheless. The “Postage Stamp” has seen its share of drama. Gene Sarazen, on the restful side of 70 made an ace here and in 1997, when Tiger Woods was a rookie be made a fat six here. So just because it is short does not mean it can be ignored. It might be the shortest hole but it can have a bit of bite.
Hole No. 9 – Par 4, 422 Yards
The fifth hardest here at Royal Troon in 2004, The Monk is the last of the outward nine before the winds comes up and bites the field coming home. The ninth has a narrow and undulating fairway with thick rough protecting each side as players attempt to get into a solid position. The approach comes into an elevated two-tier green that in itself brings problems. This hole tends to bite players who look past it to the challenging inward nine instead of staying on task.
Hole No. 10 – Par 4, 451 Yards
The 10th hole begins the run of “the most difficult in the world when the wind is blowing” according to Gary Player. He might not be far off on that opinion. The 10th is called the Sandhills due to their presence in view from the tees. Challenging gorse and a gully will kill an errant drive, especially into the wind. The irony is this hole was ranked third in 2004 without a single bunker. This hole proves danger comes in forms more than sand.
Hole No. 11 – Par 4, 482 Yards
The 11th hole, called the Railway due to the fact that track runs down the right side of the hole, was the hardest hole in 2004 due in part to the change from a Par-5 to a Par-4 back in 1997. Imagine the thick gorse on the left side and a five foot wall and OB down the right side then you can see what the players deal with. Again the prevailing wind will come will affect distance making this hole the monster that it is has played to in the past.
Hole No. 18 – Par 4, 458 Yards
Craigend, the 18th hole at Royal Troon, is a fitting conclusion to the challenging round. The hole is straight away with nine bunkers at varying distances including three around the green. There is no bunker long here but rather out-of-bounds. The 38 yard green is the longest on the course and imagine playing from a bunker, coming in hot and bouncing once out of bounds. Ask Greg Norman how that might feel. A par all four days on the home hole will most assuredly gain you at least one or two shots on the field.
Open Championship 145 Predictions, Picks 2016 British Open Royal Troon Player Selections
Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch on Sunday at the 2016 Open Championship. Two players will seem more logical than the other but I am adding a player that just might surprise, basically a sleeper for success at the Open Championship 145 Predictions, Picks 2016 British Open Royal Troon
|Rory McIroy||It is hard not to like the mans chances entering the Open Championship. He has two top-5 finishes in the Open Championship including a win in 2014. So far he has been solid bouncing between the European and PGA Tours. He has an Irish Open win, seven global top-10s and a enters off a third in the Open de France. His ball flight might challenge this wind nicely. Look out.|
|Dustin Johnson||He travels across the pond for an attempt to win two majors in a row. He has finished in the top-5 in seven of his last 10 events including at the Memorial, his first major championship at the United States Open and backing that up with another win at the Bridgstone Invitational. . He has four top-15s across the pond in his last six attempts including a runner-up in 2011. He is arguably the hottest player on tour and is on the short list.|
|Ernie Els||It is hard to get used to the idea that The Big Easy is a sleeper but age catches up to everyone at some time. But when looking for a sleeper I refuse to go beyond him. He carries 13 top-10s in the Open Championship with two runner-ups and two wins. He is one of the few that has seen Royal Troon twice for a major championship finishing 10th in 1997 and runner-up in 2004. The skills might be slipping but if he can harness them for four days and with his knowledge it could be a fun ride.|