Monday at The Open Championship is when things really got busy. The golfing world have descended on a small area of land on Scotland’s magnificent west coast ahead of the 145th playing of golf’s greatest tournament.
Today we heard from the defending champion Zach Johnson and world number one Jason Day in the media centre and the tee times were released for the first two days at Royal Troon.
The first ball of this Open will be struck by local hero Colin Montgomerie at 6.35am Thursday. Montgomerie is likely to be making his final appearance at The Open at Royal Troon, where his father was the club secretary. Even if he were to win this week his exemption will have run out by the time the championship returns.
Today’s wind was the traditional Troon wind from the NorthWest however it is predicated to change leaving players to adapt to the change come Thursday morning. There is no doubt with the soft conditions that scoring is likely to be low. Unless we see the wind speed increase over the next few days scoring may get close to The Open record. The bunkering, pin positions and juicy rough will be the best defence against this.
But who will take home the Claret Jug on Sunday night? Dustin Johnson is no doubt the man in form and Royal Troon has witnessed many champions from across the pond. He faces competition from fellow Americans Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed amongst others.
However we cannot discount the home continent. With five Scots, the unrelenting Irishmen, the ever present Englishmen and the stalwart Europeans in the field this week it has to be the most impressive field assembled in recent times.