The first tee shot of the 140th Open Championship will be struck in just a few hours at Royal St. Georges in Sandwich, England, and it is sure to be to be an exciting weekend of golf. The history, the weather and one of the most difficult courses in the Open Championship rota should all combine to make this a most interesting test of golf.
Nike Golf will be well represented at Royal St. Georges this week, as there are nine Nike Athletes in the field:
From these nine athletes I’m picking three who I think have a strong chance at hoisting the Claret Jug trophy on Sunday afternoon, and here’s why:
Charl is coming into the 2011 Open Championship completely under the radar, and he could very well be a spoiler for some of the European favorites. His 9th place finish at the U.S. Open showed his continued success in major championships, and he may just be looking to prove to the world that his Masters victory was no fluke and that he’s the real deal.
Francesco has a history of playing well in elite field events and major championships. He missed the cut at last year’s Open Championship, but finished T13 in 2009. He had a top 10 at the Italian Open but has struggled since, missing two cuts and finishing 43rd at the BMW International. I feel he’s looking to this week to rebound, rediscover his major championship form and finish high on the leaderboard on Sunday.
This Euro Tour rookie is having a great season, with five top 10 finishes so far this year. He’s coming off a great performance at last week’s Scottish Open where he had a T3 finish, and he’s looking to carry that momentum over to this week’s Open. He’s also an Open Championship rookie, and his inexperience makes him a wild card pick. However that might just work in his favor this week at Royal St. Georges and give him added incentive for a strong finish on Sunday.
It’s sure to be an interesting four days of golf at Royal St. Georges this weekend, and I personally can’t wait to see how the Nike Athletes handle the weather and difficult golf course this weekend. Good luck to all of the Nike Athletes in the field of this week’s Open Championship!
So who do you think will be crowned “Champion Golfer of the Year” on Sunday?