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2014 Open Championship (British Open) at Royal Liverpool Discussion Thread

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Tiger Woods says he's pain-free, will play Open Championship

http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/11128271/tiger-woods-says-pain-free-play-open-championship

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BETHESDA, Md. -- Tiger Woods said Tuesday ahead of his annual golf tournament at Congressional Country Club that he is pain-free for the first time in about two years and that he intends to play the Open Championship next month.

"I healed extremely fast, thanks to my physios, and all my nutrition and all the different things that we did and the protocols and the MRIs, and all the different steps that we have done along the way have allowed me to get to this point," he said.

Woods last played in a PGA Tour event in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in early March. While he always says that he expects to win whenever he plays, he suggested Tuesday that the Quicken Loans tournament is an occasion to shake some rust off his game.

"Expectations don't change," Woods said. "[Winning] is the ultimate goal. It's just that it's going to be a little bit harder this time. I just haven't had the amount of preps and reps that I would like, but I'm good enough to play and I am going to give it a go."

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And he's already the favorite in Vegas at 12-1. Am I the only one that thinks that's a stupid bet?
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And he's already the favorite in Vegas at 12-1. Am I the only one that thinks that's a stupid bet?

There are at least 2 of us..... :beer:

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Last time the Open was held at Hoylake in 2006, 47 players finished under par with a winning score of 18-under par. Looking at the scorecard, the yardages are pretty much the same. Four par-5s all reachable in two. Weather pretty much dictates everything, but if the wind doesn't blow, I think players will destroy this course. They've had a rainy summer so it won't be like last year where greens were like garage pavement. Hopefully they grow the rough high to make it a bit more challenging.

The one thing about 2006 was it benefited the big hitters and big names. It was a star-studded leaderboard with names like Woods, Els, DiMarco, Garcia, Goosen, Cabrera, Furyk and Scott all contending. The set up benefits long-hitters and ball strikers, which is good news for Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.

If it stays calm, I think this is Rory's best shot so far at The Open. Perfect setup for his game. He can be aggressive.

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Just an update - there has been a dry spell in the UK now for two weeks and all of the courses up the west of England are bone dry - my course is playing two clubs shorter. We have rain coming in over the next 4 days which will definitely perk up the rough, but you can be sure they will pinch the fairways in to combat hybrids off the tee.

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I like the change in the qualifying for The Open Championship - this week and next week on the PGA tour the top 4 players not previously qualified (if they finish in the top 12) get an invitation to the Open and for the John Deere it is the top finisher (if in the top 5).

I'm not sure how they handle ties...but I like giving invites to players currently playing well & giving them time to make arrangements.

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I'm not sure how they handle ties...but I like giving invites to players currently playing well & giving them time to make arrangements.

Highest ranked on OWGR at the start of the week.

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I like the change in the qualifying for The Open Championship - this week and next week on the PGA tour the top 4 players not previously qualified (if they finish in the top 12) get an invitation to the Open and for the John Deere it is the top finisher (if in the top 5).

I'm not sure how they handle ties...but I like giving invites to players currently playing well & giving them time to make arrangements.

I like that concept as well and like how they have had special money lists in the past which qualified in form players, but I don't understand why a high finish at the US Open does not qualify people considering the wide range of events they take qualifiers from.  If a top 10 at the Joburg Open in Feb or the Australian Open in Nov/Dec gets you in, shouldn't Erik Compton get in with a t2 at the US Open in June?

Click here for results from each Open Qualifying Series stop.

UPCOMING
Dates Tournament Spots available Details
June
26-29
Quicken Loans National 4 four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
July
3-6
The Greenbrier Classic 4 four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
July
10-13
John Deere Classic 1* one place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
July
3-6
Alstom Open de France 3 three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
July
10-13
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 3 three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
COMPLETED
Dates Tournament Spots available Details Qualifiers
Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Emirates Australian Open 3 three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties Rhein Gibson, Bryden Macpherson, John Senden
Feb. 6-9 The Joburg Open 3 three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties George Coetzee,
Jin Jeong Justin Walters
March
6-7
The Open Qualifying Series-Thailand 4 four places to the leading four players Hiroshi Iwata, Cheng-Tsung Pan, Yoshinobu Tsukada,
Ashun Wu
May 29-June 1 The Mizuno Open 4 four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties Dong-Kyu Jang, Hyung-Tae Kim, Tomohiro Kondo,
Juvic Pagunsan
June
19-22
The Irish Open 3 three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties Matthew Baldwin,
Edoardo Molinari, Danny Willett

*-There is just one place in the John Deere Classic due to the logistics of qualifiers travelling to play in
The Open Championship at short notice.

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Just an update - there has been a dry spell in the UK now for two weeks and all of the courses up the west of England are bone dry - my course is playing two clubs shorter. We have rain coming in over the next 4 days which will definitely perk up the rough, but you can be sure they will pinch the fairways in to combat hybrids off the tee.

Good insight. Are they growing the rough at Royal Liverpool? In 2006 the players ate that course up. Are they saying it's going to play just as easy this go around? Yardage book doesn't look that difficult. Four very reachable par-5s, but if you narrow those fairways up an grow out that rough, it makes things a bit trickier.

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Good insight. Are they growing the rough at Royal Liverpool? In 2006 the players ate that course up. Are they saying it's going to play just as easy this go around? Yardage book doesn't look that difficult. Four very reachable par-5s, but if you narrow those fairways up an grow out that rough, it makes things a bit trickier.

If they let the rough grow up like it is in Germany this week it could get real ugly.

I seriously doubt that the course will play as easy as last time. The weather was perfect and the fairways were more like runways which really shortened up the course. The weather had been really dry and the rough was thin and whispy. Whilst the weather has been dry recently, the early part of the growing season was perfect, the rough in London (which has been drier than Liverpool) is still pretty lush. Unless we get 3 weeks of baking sun (does happen occasionally in England) I think the rough will be tough, certainly harder than last time.

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Faldo just described the rough at Hoylake as "waist high" - an Irish Sea gale and the course may be evil.

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New British Open Additions: Shawn Stefani, Charley Hoffman, Ben Martin, and Brendan Steele
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New British Open Additions: Shawn Stefani, Charley Hoffman, Ben Martin, and Brendan Steele

Andres Romero and Brendan Steele both finished t5.  It looks like they took Steele over Romero due to a higher OWGR.  The announcers at Congressional seemed to think that they would take more than 4 if there was a tie.  I had read the "How to Qualify" link and didn't recall seeing the higher OWGR settles ties, but it makes sense.

Faldo mentioned several times that t2 at the US Open should have qualified Erik Compton.

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Andres Romero and Brendan Steele both finished t5.  It looks like they took Steele over Romero due to a higher OWGR.  The announcers at Congressional seemed to think that they would take more than 4 if there was a tie.  I had read the "How to Qualify" link and didn't recall seeing the higher OWGR settles ties, but it makes sense.   Faldo mentioned several times that t2 at the US Open should have qualified Erik Compton.

I just saw it on the wikipedia page for the British open lol. Also, Compton will get in as an alternate because of his OWGR.

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So, every single year i place a little bet on someone to win The Open, and every single year i seem to struggle to get it right... My last win was Padraig Harrington, years ago. Personally, i like to have a little bet on every Major, as i'm sure a number of you do. The only issue is, this Open Championship seems to be open to anyone, it's almost a sweepstake.

Justin Rose is hot in the eye's of the public, and from what he says, he seems pretty confident.

It's understandable, as he has literally just won, and seems to play well on difficult golf courses. But, call me crazy, i'll be rooting for Tiger at Hoylake. Last time he played there, his course management was stunning. Iron off the tee, fairway finding masterclass. It's just whether he has his head screwed on to do the same again.

So, i was going to bet on Tiger... But, what i want to do is a little test. I've attached a poll below, and whichever golfer has the majority of the votes from the golfing community will be the golfer i bet on, and think we should all go for. So, pick your golfer...

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I went with Stenson. He's heating up as he did last year about this time. Pulling for Spieth but don't think he has enough links experience yet, give him 2 more years.
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Welcome to TST.  For some insight on what the members here are thinking check out

http://thesandtrap.com/t/75362/2014-british-open-contest-win-a-callaway-big-bertha-driver

(where you can make your small bet for free)

and

http://thesandtrap.com/t/75401/2014-open-championship-british-open-at-royal-liverpool-discussion-thread#post_1013614

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So, every single year i place a little bet on someone to win The Open, and every single year i seem to struggle to get it right... My last win was Padraig Harrington, years ago. Personally, i like to have a little bet on every Major, as i'm sure a number of you do. The only issue is, this Open Championship seems to be open to anyone, it's almost a sweepstake.

Justin Rose is hot in the eye's of the public, and from what he says, he seems pretty confident: http://www.goodwood.co.uk/golf-at-goodwood/latest-news/articles/justin-rose-blog.aspx

It's understandable, as he has literally just won, and seems to play well on difficult golf courses. But, call me crazy, i'll be rooting for Tiger at Hoylake. Last time he played there, his course management was stunning. Iron off the tee, fairway finding masterclass. It's just whether he has his head screwed on to do the same again.

So, i was going to bet on Tiger... But, what i want to do is a little test. I've attached a poll below, and whichever golfer has the majority of the votes from the golfing community will be the golfer i bet on, and think we should all go for. So, pick your golfer...

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