The 146th Open Championship starts in almost 4 hours and seeing as though I know I will struggle to sleep anyway due to child like excitement and anticipation, I thought I would write up something to give you my latest thoughts.
Instead of going into things like a recap on The Scottish etc. I think its only fair to give an event of this magnitude its stand alone place... truth be told it saves me a little time as well ;)
Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England.
Par 70 Coastal Links Course measuring 7,051 yards. Gorgeous and intelligent in design, frequently and correctly described as a challenging yet fair test of golf.
Fairways lined by magnificent sand dunes, cruelly placed pot bunkering and open to the elements. Not typical in comparison to most as its design offers the player the visual pleasure of seeing the task ahead rather than hit blind, a little less undulating in all areas and greens that appear to be a little easier to manage than others on The Open circuit but tricky in there own right thanks to subtle breaks and the dreaded desire a good gust of wind has to push the ball off line.
Most of you by now and myself included must be bored to death about the weather... I'm British and we love talking about the weather, so that says a lot.
But I also bet your incredibly keen to still know exactly what's going on.
Right now I am far more inclined to include players that have a pm round on Thursday and then ideally an early start on Friday.
My reasoning behind this is to avoid a wind that blows a little more from the North on Thursday morning, and benefit from a slightly calmer and in my opinion more favourable wind direction later in the day. I then want to avoid the potential of rotten golf played in wind and heavy rain on Friday evening and hope for a calmer window very early on that my picks might benefit from, even if only for a few more holes than fellow competitors.
Make sure you check both tee times for your picks, its so easy to make errors as the times for Fridays play aren't set up in there typical format. No clear cut, simple am/pm wave with all play starting from the 1st at 06:35 and continuing until 16:16. So easy to hit a weather window your trying to avoid especially if your trying to go into deeper detail.
Last Minute Strategy.
I have a good number of line ups favouring the above side of the draw but not all, there are still players I like elsewhere that could comfortably get through the cut and then make moves on the Saturday and even from what is predicted to be the worst time slot. (eg. Suri)
My main aim is to first of all get those 6/6 featuring in the weekend play but ideally I want those players to be scorers, conditions look like they may calm heading in to the weekend and the potential to score better and get back on track or bound ahead with a low round could be on offer.
Other than that I'm going to kick back, watch every possible minute of play and hopefully thoroughly enjoy every second of the beautiful games most prestigious tournament unfold and dream of a million $'s in the process.
I would love to run into further detail about all the players I mentioned in the Pod but time simply doesn't allow. Feel free to message me on twitter and I'd be happy to offer opinion or shed insight if I have it.
Here are a few I seem to have higher exposure to at this moment... Ross Fisher $6,700, Ryan Fox $6,600, Andy Sullivan $7,000 Paul Casey $8,100 and Rickie Fowler $9,200
Other Than That..
My apologies for such a short version of the write up but I hope the Pod appearance more than makes up for that.
I wish you all the very best in all the contests you have entered, hope you enjoy the tournament and cant thank each and every one of you enough for taking the time to listen this week, read this or previous write ups.