The Open

Carnoustie, Scot­land, July 19-22

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Ben Ho­gan win­ning in his only ap­pear­ance in 1953, Tom Wat­son clinch­ing his first ma­jor af­ter an 18-hole play-off in 1975, Paul Lawrie tak­ing ad­van­tage of that fin­ish by Jean van de Velde in 1999, and Padraig Har­ring­ton see­ing off Ser­gio Gar­cia (via a play-off) and An­dres Romero (via the wall in the Barry Burn on 17) in 2007. Carnoustie has de­liv­ered some of the most iconic moments in Open his­tory. And the tour­na­ment it­self has sup­plied great drama over the last cou­ple of years with the Sten­son/Mick­el­son duel at Royal Troon and Jor­dan Spi­eth’s spec­tac­u­lar re­cov­ery at Royal Birk­dale. This year’s venue is the per­fect can­vas for more edge-of-the-seat en­ter­tain­ment.

It has a rep­u­ta­tion as the tough­est lay­out on the Open rota – the five win­ning scores since 1953 read -6, +1, -9, +6, -7. On the flip side, the last four Opens have been won with dou­ble dig­its un­der par to­tals, so some­thing has to give this year. Can the fear­some old links stand up to the mod­ern game, or will the new gen­er­a­tion of su­per­stars over­power it? It will be an in­trigu­ing bat­tle of man ver­sus na­ture.

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