The Open Preview

RACV Golf

Audience and competitors at the British Open

The British Open has come around quickly and it sees the PGA Tour go across the Atlantic to England and its famed Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Sculptured among rolling sand dunes, Royal Birkdale Golf Club is a traditional links course that has hosted The Open eight times including two that were won by Australian, Peter Thomson (1954 & 1965). 

Standing at a just over 6500 metres in length, Royal Birkdale provides a different experience for most international players who are used to long, lush and soft course in the USA and our tree-lined, firm courses here in Australia. A pre-requisite for all links courses is pot bunkers, long rough and high winds and Royal Birkdale has those features in surplus and with the tournament at the mercy of what weather comes across the Atlantic, low scores could be a rare occurrence . 

Eleven Australians will start the tournament with Jason Day and Adam Scott leading the charge. World Number One, Dustin Johnson will be looking to continue his great year while rising young Spaniard, Jon Rahm will want to solidify his Irish open victory two weeks ago. 

The Open began on 20 July and always provides great entertainment in conditions that we are not accustomed to here in Australia.