Who will claim The Open?
One of the reasons that many people love golf is due to the fact that it has a sense of tradition and nobility around it and this impacts on the way people look at the game. It has to be said that golf is seen as a more dignified activity that sports like rugby, football or even tennis but the game is moving with the times. Even a tournament like The Open which has lasted the ages has moved with the times, allowing it to remain relevant in the modern era of advertising, promotion and 3D TVs!
It’s been a while since a British winner
Part of the extra interest in this years event falls on the fact that there are high hopes that there will be a British winner once again. It has been 12 years since a British player triumphed at the Open but the current form of Rory McIlroy means that golf fans are looking towards him to succeed at this event. The golfer from the North of Ireland showed in America that he has the nerve and strength to see out a tournament when he is in the lead. This means that if Rory can get himself into a lead, he will have the confidence and nerve to see out the event in first place.
The thing is, there is always the chance of an upset at The Open and you only have to think back to the 2010 event to see what the outsider can do at a major event. It is not often that a 300-1 shot will come up trumps but that is exactly when Ben Curtis managed to succeed.
Will the favourites triumph?
McIlroy is currently listed as the 8-1 favourite for the event but this may be as much to do with the amount of money that has been placed on him as opposed to a genuine belief that he will be able to replicate his recent success. Following behind McIlroy at 12-1 are Luke Donald and Lee Westwood and both of these players in the top ten are tipped to succeed at the event.
With the course being less than 100 miles from central London, it is likely to attract a major crowd even though the weather is likely to be blustery and changeable. This could see another outsider triumph at the event, which tees off on Thursday.