McIlroy Looking For Success At Troon !
Rory McIlroy, World Golf Number 4, is looking for success at The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland, this week. McIlroy won in 2014, but was unable to defend in 2015 due to an ankle injury sustained whilst playing football with friends. McIlroy is fully fit and with six out of eight top ten finishes and a win this season says: “I am excited to be back.”
Justin Rose, who won the US Open in 2013 and Danny Willett, who won the Masters in April 2016, also have their eyes on the Claret Jug and will use past experience to assist them in their respective quests for their second Major Championship.
Zach Johnson, the defending champion, who beat Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a play-off in the second only Monday finish in Open Championship history is back to defend his title.
Jordan Spieth, who finished one shot outside the play-off at St Andrews last year and his American compatriots, Mark Calcavecchia, Justin Leonard, Rickie Fowler and Todd Hamilton, all return this week with great memories, all having won The Open at Royal Troon in 1989, 1997 and 2004 respectively.
2013 winner Phil Mickelson is another player in a world-class field of 156 players from 24 countries including 16 Former Open Champions, 31 Major winners, 10 World Number Ones, 17 WGC winners, 22 2016 European Tour winners and 71 European Tour members with 359 wins.
Australian Jason Day, World Number One, won the USPGA this year and finished 1 shot out of the play-off last year, has arrived with a view to putting things right, said “Coming so close last year was definitely a motivational factor. I would love to one day hold the Claret Jug.”
Henrik Stenson also believes he has a good chance, with preparation at Castle Stuart Golf Links last week and winning the BMW Open two weeks ago.
And everyone is talking about the the Postage Stamp, the 123 yard eighth, the shortest hole on the course, probably the most famous par 3 in the world and the scene of many a golf disaster.
The Open, the oldest of the four Major Championships was first played in 1860 at Prestwick’s Old Course. The Winner was awarded the Challenge Belt, a red leather belt with a silver buckle, and in 1872 three golf clubs due to host The Open each paid £10 towards the Claret Jug which has been the trophy since that time.
Looking forward to some great golf this week and a great weather dependent test on an excellent links golf course.