Wednesday, July 15, 2009


The Alisa Course at Turnberry will be the site of this year’s Open Championship, only the third time in British Open history the tournament will be played at the fabled course. The 7,204 yard, Par-70 Scottish course is known for being notoriously windy, as are most Open courses, and is famous for weeding out weaker players and producing quality champions. The three Open winners Turnberry produced in the past were Tom Watson (’77), Greg Norman (’86) and Nick Price (’94), arguably the best golfers in the world at the time of their respective victories. .

If the course lives up to its reputation this week, don’t be surprised if Tiger Woods is hoisting the trophy over his head this Sunday. Tiger is playing for his 4th British Open title, the last coming in 2006 at Royal Liverpool. He’s coming off a win at the Memorial Tournament in June, and has been playing solid golf all year. Winner of the last two British Opens, Padraig Harrington has been struggling with consistency over the last year. After winning 3 majors in 13 months, Paddy decided to change his swing – the results have been less than stellar. Going into this weekend’s tournament he's ranked 137th in putting (1.793 putts per green), 182nd in driving accuracy (52.8 percent of fairways hit) and 182nd in greens in regulation (60.06 percent).

No surprise here, but I’m taking Tiger to dominate. I can’t see anyone else winning this week, not the way he has been playing this year.

The Open kicks off at 7am on TNT tomorrow morning.

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Naturally, Vegas set the odds at 2 to 1 for a Tiger victory.

You won’t be watching the British Open in HD this year. Pathetic

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