The 150th Open Championship: The Old Course, St.Andrews,. July 15 – 18, 2010
Scoring: British Open Live Leaderboard
Australians in the field (12): Robert Allenby, Kurt Barnes, Jason Day, Mathew Goggin, Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy, Cameron Percy, Ewan Porter, Adam Scott, John Senden, Peter Senior, Michael Sim (Greg Normal has withdrawn, still recovering from shoulder injury). Full field
Last year’s winner: Stewark Cink in a bright green shirt. Best Aussie: Mathew Goggin (T5)
Aussies to watch: Geoff Ogilvy has been practising on links courses for weeks and finished 5th here in 2005. He’s due. I’m not convinced our ’09 hope, Mat Goggin, will fire this year, but Adam Scott just needs a working putter to get into contention. It will be interesting to see how Marc Leishman and Michael Sim goes on debut at The Open.Look who else is back for his 18th Open, Peter Senior. He played his first in 1979 and his last was at St.Andrews in 2000.
What to watch: The road-hole 17th will have some extra excitement after being recently lengthened. Expect to see a lot of golfers come in from the 2nd fairway.Will an Aussie win? Probably not. It will suit the Aussies more than the US Open setup but form counts and we have none of it right now. Maybe someone like Percy or Allenby may surprise. It is a pity Appleby isn’t playing. He loves the wind.
Should I watch the Tour de France instead? No. Granted Colin Montgomerie is not quite as appealing as Cadel Evans, but the dulcet tones of Renton Laidlaw with a late night red are just as good as a view of the French countryside.