The Open 2018
This week marks the start of 2018s third major, The Open championship. Held on familiar territory at Carnoustie Championship Course in Scotland, it is the eighth time this prestigious event has been played here. Many will remember the last time The Open was at Carnoustie in 2007, when Harrington outlasted Sergio Garcia in a dramatic playoff to clinch his second Major championship. Since then Sergio has managed to capture that elusive Major title by winning the 2017 Masters. There have been a number of Open championship winners in the mean time, most notably for the Irish contingent Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke who captured the title in 2014 and 2011 respectively.
This course is no stranger to The Open and many of this weeks field would have experienced it on tour one way or another. At 7400 yards, Carnoustie is the longest course currently on The Open rota. As with all sea-side courses, the weather can play a huge factor in what challenges the course can offer. For the past month or so, the course has received somewhat of a drought with long spells of sunshine and very little rainfall. The links courses are playing fast and there is run on the ball – like its supposed to be. This week will pose a different challenge to the golfers, the run of the ball will have to be controlled significantly more than any other week in the year. This allows for extremely aggressive play off the tee leaving just a short wedge to the green on many of the holes. Others may elect for a driving iron and use the roll to lay them up nicely. It will be very interesting to see how the players react and attack this course over the week.
Going into this weeks event, a number of players will be feeling confident in their game and their chances of taking home the claret jug. World No.1 Dustin Johnson is the bookies favorite and will fancy his chances. He is the best player in the world and in the prime of his career, along with with some solid performances already in 2018, there is no reason why he shouldn’t feel confident. With both the Irish Open and the Scottish Open taking part over the past two weekends, both on links courses, it gave an early insight into how some players react to the links style of play. McIlroy was phenomenal from tee to green in the early rounds of the Irish Open at Ballyliffin, only for a few putts not to go down which stunted his climb up the leader-board. Rahm could very easily have retained his title in Ballyliffin if it wasn’t for a slow first round. Both will be feeling confident going into Thursday that they have the ability to do something special. Last years winner Spieth has had a very quiet year for his standards, despite a stellar final day performance at the Masters. He will be hoping to rekindle some of last years form.A flurry of players then such as Fowler, Rose, Fleetwood, Thomas, Reed, Koepka etc. have all shown fine form in 2018 and are proven winners on any given day.
The Open 2019
Of course next years Open is returning to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. This week will serve as an excellent precursor to what can be expected at the prestigious event in 2019. The Open will bring a new light to the North of Ireland and just what the region can offer. We are extremely excited at the promising future the region has and look forward to what will be a spectacular event. If you are thinking of going to The Open, just simply contact us on Ph: +353 (0)91 868642 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be more than happy to help put together a Golf Trip to Ireland so you can experience first hand the beauty of the North and West of Ireland.