The 2012 British Open will be held at Royal Lytham and St. Annes beginning on July 19.
As I began to reflect upon past British Opens, I came up with a top 10 list of the things that I really appreciate about the Open Championship.
Guys you have never heard of seem to pop-up on the leaderboard, especially European Tour players with whom you're not familiar. Sometimes you even get American players that you do not know that come along and win. Two prime examples are Ben Curtis and Todd Hamilton.
Those Crazy Bunkers
It just would not be a links course without a few dozen, or a few hundred, crazy bunkers. You know the kind that even the pros can't quite hack out of sometimes. It would take us true hackers all day to get out. We might just have to throw the ball out of the bunker! Of course, a club might get thrown out first.
Since it is the United Kingdom, you get a little taste of the different types of accents. You are sure to hear plenty of Englishmen, Irishmen and Scots speaking their version of the Queen's English.
Breakfast at the British Open
Wimbledon is not the only British sporting event that you can enjoy over breakfast. Due to the time change, you can enjoy the Open while you have your breakfast. If you are a couch potato, or just love golf, you can extend it to lunch, too.
It is the British Open so you know there will be wind. I am not talking about gentle sea breezes here, I'm speaking of gusts that would knock you down if you didn't have a 9-iron staked into the ground to support you. It makes some of us appreciate the worm burners which we hit with a certain degree of regularity.
Again, this is England or Scotland and there will be some rain. Of course, it's England or Scotland so they play on through the rain. If you tee it up, you had best have some proven rain gear in your bag!
The Double Greens
Some of the British Open courses feature holes that share a common green. On some occasions you could easily have a putt of more than 100 feet. Or, if you are greenside, you would have a lot of green to work with no matter the pin location!
Although the Open Championship is played in the height of the British summer, it can still get quite cold there. It is routine for the temperature to drop below 60°F. It is almost like playing golf in the winter. This is the UK's summertime!
The Aerial Shots
I like the aerials shots from the blimp or the plane of the countryside which surrounds the course. You have the quaint little seaside villages, the old buildings and the narrow streets. It is typically a much different scene than you would see at an American major.
Another feature of links golf that is typical of the Open Championship is the rough. If you hit a wayward shot you will find that the rough can be several feet tall. It is typically not thick, though, so you can usually find your ball. However, it will make for a challenging shot.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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