Five Things We Noticed During The Open
Five things we noticed during the Open.
Whilst those around were dropping shots left and right, Molinari stayed solid, hit consistently down the middle of the fairways and, finally found his putting in order to secure his first major win of his career. Assistant PGA Professional Jonny Fleming spent 4 days at the Open (you may have seen some of his videos on Faceboo) so today we take a look at Five things we noticed at this years open. Let us know what you think? Comment below.
The Pre-Open Stats don’t lie!
Francesco Molinari had dropped hints galore coming into this Open Championship that it could be his week. Sporting Life recently compiled some research on Open winner trends. This review of the numbers threw out Justin Rose for the win (who we might add looked way of the mark at half way, but rallied to finish) T2. However, the most interesting statistic we came across was the average age of the last 10 Open winners is 35.3 while the average world ranking of the last six Claret Jug winners is 14.5. Molinari is aged 35 and ranked 15th, say no more really.
If you want to hit long take after DeChambeau.
DeChambeau, the man with a major in physics, has earned a name for himself by daring to be different as he brings a scientific approach to what is essentially a touch game. Bryson is a student of the RoboGolfPro the only swing trainer that lets you ‘feel’ your ideal swing. This scientific method has been shown to add significant length to your drive in just one lesson. Bryson finished with an average drive of 379 yards, despite only recently recovering from a shoulder injury which kept him out of the recent John Deere Classic.
McIlroy performs once again.
Since his last open win in 2014 at Royal Liverpool, Rory has now achieved 3 further Top 5 finishes. McIlroy struggled to hide his anger after he bogeyed two of the last three holes late on Saturday to slip four shots off the lead going into the final round, and he looked to be out of the running after dropped shots at the second and fifth on day four. However, an Eagle at the 14th hauled him back to six under and back in contention, until he left himself short on the 18th. Be that as it may it was again an impressive display of links golf from Rory who appears to enjoy these challenges.
Is Tiger primed to win another open?
The 147th Open heralded the true return of Tiger Woods as the three-time Champion Golfer had Carnoustie rocking during a magical weekend that saw him record his first top-ten finish at a major since the 2013 Open. Carnoustie is renowned as one of the biggest challenges in world golf but the three times Tiger has roared into Angus for The Open, he’s left with a more than respectable finish.
Links prep is not always necessary.
Two of the last four Open winners (Molinari and Zach Johnson) played the John Deere Classic (a completely different test) the week before their wins. Spieth had the week off before his 2017 victory so three of the last four to lift the Claret Jug didn’t head to Scotland or Ireland.
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