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GolfMonger Preview: The Open Championship

The Open Championship is on the western shore of Scotland at Royal Troon for its 145th edition.  It is the oldest of the four major championships in golf.

Royal Troon, located on the Firth of Clyde, is hosting The Open for the 9th time and first time since 2004.  Little known, journeyman, Todd Hamilton defeated Ernie Els in a playoff to earn his only major championship.  It was also the week that defending champ, Zach Johnson, made his Open Championship debut.

Johnson won at The Old Course at St. Andrews last year in a playoff over Marc Leischman and Louis Oosthuizen.  ZJ withstood a crazy week of weather delays and wind to earn his 2nd major on a very rare, Monday finish at The Open.

This year the weather is going to be on the cool side and we will most certainly see some windy conditions.  Royal Troon is provides a very traditional Scottish links experience.  Creativity and ball control off the tee will be needed to earn the Claret Jug.

Royal Troon is a par 35-35=71 that extends to 7,190 yards.  The inward 9 plays into the wind or at best into a cross wind off the sea.  To earn the Claret Jug, it will take solid play and calm nerves down the home stretch.

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GolfMonger Picks:

1. Jason Day – We say this all the time.  If the World No.1 golfer is in the field he is a favorite.  The incredible run he has been on since missing a putt to join the playoff at St. Andrews last year is amazing.  Seven wins in the last year is great by any standard.

2. Rory McIlroy – Winner the last time he teed it up in The Open (he missed last year with an ankle injury).  He won the Irish Open and finished 3rd at the Scottish Open.  Rory is in good form right now and will most definety be in the mix on the final round.

3. Dustin Johnson – It would be insane to leave the hottest golfer on the planet of the list.  We did not pick DJ at Oakmont.  We have said in the past that once he wins 1 major he will win a handful.  Why wait?

Wild Card Pick:

It is difficult to make this pick at The Open Championship.  There are so many factors to consider each year with the different courses and the weather conditions.  We are going out on a limb for sure this week. Chris Wood is a British golfer that always seems to show up at The Open.  It would be his first major championship if he gets the Claret Jug.  Don’t sleep on this guy.

Follow on Twitter @GolfMonger @SportsMonger all week for news and notes from The Open.

 

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