British Open Tips & Preview

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The 150th Open Championship returns to the “home of golf“, St Andrew’s Golf Club, for the 30th time this year.

Affectionately known as the ‘The Old Lady‘, the Old Course at St Andrews hosts the Open Championship every five years. The Open was last played here in 2015 with Zach Johnson emerging victorious on a score of -15 (273).

The traditional playing of the Open at St Andrews every five years was adjusted to ensure that the “home of golf” hosted this year’s historic 150th Open Championship.

2015 British Open at St Andrews | Top 10

Pos Player R1 R2 R3 R4 To par Score
1 Zach Johnson 66 71 70 66 -15 273
T2 Louis Oosthuizen 67 70 67 69 -15 273
T2 Marc Leishman 70 73 64 66 -15 273
T4 Jason Day 66 71 67 70 -14 274
T4 Jordan Spieth 67 72 66 69 -14 274
T6 Danny Willett 66 69 72 70 -11 277
T6 Justin Rose 71 68 68 70 -11 277
T6 Sergio Garcia 70 69 68 70 -11 277
T6 Jordan Niebrugge 67 73 67 70 -11 277
T10 Brooks Koepka 71 70 69 68 -10 278
T10 Adam Scott 70 67 70 71 -10 278

Course Overview

St Andrews Golf Course epitomises the term “classic links course“.

One of the unique features of the Old Course are the large double greens. Seven greens are shared by two holes each, with hole numbers adding up to 18 (2nd paired with 16th, 3rd with 15th, all the way up to 8th and 10th). Only the 1st, 9th, 17th and 18th holes have their own greens.

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The Swilcan Bridge, spanning the first and 18th holes, has become a famous icon for golf.

There are 112 bunkers scattered throughout the course which are all individually named and have their own unique history. The two most famous are the 10ft deep “Hell Bunker” on the 14th hole and the “Road Hole Bunker” on the 17th hole.

An unusual thing about the Old Course is that it is closed on Sundays to let the course rest. As a general rule, Sunday play is allowed on the course on only four occasions – the final day of the Open Championship and Women’s British Open (when it is held at the Old Course, the final day of the Dunhill Links Championship (DP World Tour Event) and the final day of two amateur events, the St Andrews Links Trophy and the St Rule Trophy.

The course is located on a peninsula and its primary defences are the elements and the firm and fast conditions from the tight lies its turf provides. As is the case with all links golf the prevailing sea winds can play a major role in the scoring.

St Andrews Scorecard

Hole Name Yards Par
1 Burn 376 4
2 Dyke 453 4
3 Cartgate (Out) 397 4
4 Ginger Beer 480 4
5 Hole O’Cross (Out) 568 5
6 Heathery (Out) 412 4
7 High (Out) 371 4
8 Short 175 3
9 End 352 4
Out 3,584 36
10 Bobby Jones 386 4
11 High (In) 174 3
12 Heathery (In) 348 4
13 Hole O’Cross (In) 465 4
14 Long 618 5
15 Cartgate (In) 455 4
16 Corner of the Dyke 423 4
17 Road 495 4
18 Tom Morris 357 4
In 3,721 36
Total 7,305 72

The ground is generally flat but dominated by depressions and undulations. Besides the obvious sandy ground, there is an abundance of bunkers which can easily trap long drives. Instead of doglegs to hide holes, the course has plenty of large mounds covered in coarse grass and heather.

The toughest stretch of the course is the final third, with the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th being the most difficult. The short 18th is a birdie chance provided you can avoid the ‘Valley of Sin’, a big dip in front of the green.

St Andrews stretches to 7,300+ yards and historical results tell us that it favors the longer-hitters. History also tells us that those who wish to win the Claret Jug will need to putt and scramble brilliantly.

Links experience is key and with fourteen Par 4s, Par 4 Performance will be important, a stat topped by Louis Oousthuizen on his way to victory here in 2010. Important to keep a close eye on the weather throughout the week as it can play a major role in scoring.

Patience will be key this week. Players will need to take their medicine after wayward shots and deal with whatever presents. More importantly, it will be imperative to capitalise on scoring opportunities when they arise.

The British Open Championship is all about being mentally tough, minimising unforced errors and capitalising on scoring opportunities when they arise

British Open Tips

Please check back on Tuesday 12th July for the PGAgolfbets’ British Open Championship tips & predictions 2022 from St Andrews Golf Club, in Fife, Scotland.

The Event Form, Current Form and Stats Analysis tables will all be up dated in the week preceding the tournament when the field is finalized for the 2022 British Open Championship.

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Author: Timmothy Castro