Friday June 3, 2016
By the time July rolls around, the golfing world has already completed two of the four major championships of the calendar year. These are The Masters and the US Open. The third championship, set for 14th to 17th July this year, will be held at the Royal Troon Golf Club, to be found in Ayrshire.
It won’t be the first time the best golfers in the world will descend on Royal Troon either. There have been eight previous contests there, the first taking place in 1950. The most recent one was in 2004. Six of the eight were won by Americans, so perhaps this year will also see a US player win the competition. Only time will tell whether this turns out to be true.
Among the holes at Royal Troon are the Black Rock, the Postage Stamp and the Railway. They range from a par three to a par five. The first and last holes on the course are both a par four – the Seal and the Craigend holes respectively.
It is uncertain as to who will be taking part in the championship event at the moment. However, there is every chance a number of former Open champions could be there. These may include Mark Calcavecchia, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Players are granted entry according to their standings in the world rankings, as well as whether they have won certain other championships and events in the past.
It is incredibly difficult to pick a winner from those who are taking part. Last year’s winner was Zach Johnson from the USA, who won the 144th Open. The competition went right down to the wire, with two other players also trying to get their hands on the famous Claret Jug last year. in the end, Zach was only one shot ahead of the second-placed player.
Previous winners included Rory McIlroy in 2014, Phil Mickelson in 2013, and Ernie Els in 2012. The latter had to endure a four-man playoff in order to claim the jug that year. Clearly, the Open brings out the very best in many golfers, and many will be thinking of their chances of winning it this year.