The Open : Tiger Woods told reporters Tuesday he had reached out to Brooks Koepka to congratulate him on his second-place finish at the U.S. Open and to see if he wanted to have a practice round before the Open Championship.
“I just practice before the majors,” he said. “Regular tournaments I don’t practice. If you’ve seen me on TV, that’s when I play golf.”
The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, tees off Thursday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Cantlay currently has an Official World Golf Ranking of No. 10 and enters Royal Portrush ranked No. 1 on the PGA Tour in scoring average (69.095). Cantlay is also 16th in driving distance this season (307.3 yards), which will give him a leg-up at a lengthy links-style course like Royal Portrush. He’s a candidate to ascend the 2019 Open Championship leaderboard in short order.
Tiger Woods will go for his 16th major (another spectacle), several ball-striking wonders will try to touch off world-class seasons, and a renewed Portrush with two fresh holes will be on display for the world as the last four rounds of this year’s majors are played off the North Atlantic Sea.
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Golf fans from all over the world are in for a treat this weekend as the best players on the planet descend on Royal Portrush.
Brooks Koepka is among the favourites to secure the Claret Jug, but local hero Rory McIlroy will be out to stop him.
Four-time major winner McIlroy posted a course-record round of 61 when he was a 16-year-old all the way back in 2005.
The week of a major championship is an odd time to change irons, especially when the major in question is the Open Championship. Depending on the weather, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to use every conceivable shot in the arsenal over the course of 18 holes. To execute some of those shots, it takes time to build up a trust level with new irons and feel confident they’ll perform in a game situation. That doesn’t happen overnight.
On paper, Jordan Spieth’s decision to shelve his Titleist 718 AP2 irons for a set of Tour-only T100s — which were released one month ago at the U.S. Open — looks like a bold move. But considering Spieth ranks 141st this season in strokes gained: approach the green, now might be as good a time as ever for a shakeup.