Jul 4, 2011

John Deere, Scottish Open or Week Off - Best Prep For Open Championship?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/04/2011 06:11:00 AM   No comments

So whats the best prep for the upcoming Open Championship? So who do you think will win the Open Championship?

I’m surprised Rory McIlroy isn’t playing this weeks Scottish Open as a tune up to Royal St. George’s. Rory hasn’t hasn’t played since he won the US Open almost a month ago. I know he’s got a state-of-the-art mini golf course extension at his County Down home but I figured he’d want to get a least one tournament in before the next Major. The golf betting Gods already have him as the favorite at 6 to 1 odds. He’s been checking out multiple sporting events including the Haye fight on Sat and Wimbledon final on Sunday. Maybe a break will work for Rory leading up to the Open Championship.

Great to see some American players traveling over early to tee it up at the Scottish Open. The likes of Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker, Gary Woodland and Brendan Steele are scheduled to tee it up this week a the Scottish Open. Does this give them a heads up for Royal St. George’s for those that stay in the US and play the John Deere? Castle Stuart site of this years Scottish Open will provide a links golf test more in-line with the Open Championship in two weeks. Plus you get use to the time change, weather, food and culture.

Every player has their system but you have to like the guys that get over early and get accustomed to their new surroundings. Brendan Steele first time winner on PGA Tour this year already has a T7 after playing in this past weekend's French Open. The Americans will be joined by the top two in the Official World Golf Rankings - Lee Westwood and Luke Donald - and 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell. I give the guys playing this week full marks and an advantage going into the third Major of the year.

About Sean Crogie

Father of 3, #golf writer, full-time mail carrier, part-time @RideauViewGolf Turf Team #PJ20 fan, golfing nomad.
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