It`s OPEN week !

 

 

 

Open championship week is finally here again and this years instalment comes from Carnoustie golf links on the north west coast of Scotland. Carnoustie has hosted the open on 7 previous occasions, the last of which coming in 2007 when Padraig Harrington triumphed over Sergio Garcia in a playoff.

One of the most memorable finishes in open history took place at carnoustie in 1999 when Frenchman Jean Van De Velde, needing a double bogey 6 at the last to take the claret jug, made a triple bogey 7 to fall into a 3 man  playoff with american Justin Leonard and  Scotland`s Paul Lawrie which he would go on to lose after birdies by Lawrie on the 17th and 18th.

 

Paul Lawrie in 1999 with the claret jug

 

 

Carnoustie has a reputation for being one of the toughest venues on the open rota and this was never more evident than in 1999 when the halfway cut, after two rounds of terrible weather conditions fell at 12 over par. This resulted in the course gaining the nickname “carnasty”.

The key hole for the week has to be the 18th, which at 444 yards playing into a prevailing wind is one of the toughest finishes in professional golf. Four par 4`s at the 18th for the week would most likely gain you a couple of shots on the field. As for the rest of the course playing at a par of 71 for the championship and a total yardage of 7,421 yards it is as stern a test of links golf you will find and the champion golfer of the year come the end of the week will have for sure earned every bit of that title.

 

The coverage starts at 6:30am on Thursday 20th july and if i was you i would set your alarms bright and early as this years open has the making of one of the most exciting in years !