We have a week to go before the 142nd Open Championship gets underway, but golf’s oldest tournament continues to dominate conversations around golf. But first things first, The PGA Tour is at TPC Deere Run for the John Deere Classic, and the European Tour is already active in Scotland with the Assets Management Scottish Open. A few Americans, including Phil Mickelson are at Castle Stuart getting a taste of Scotland ahead of The Open, but most are taking a break somewhere in the world.
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This is a historic timeline of the World’s oldest golf tournament starting with an idea in 1863. Can you imagine….America was in the middle of the Civil War when this tournament was started, and there were only two contestants. Willie Park Sr., and Old Tom Morris. I wonder if they booked through GolfNow.com?
Hey…look who has a piece of the lead at TPC Deer Run. It’s been a while since Camilo Villegas has been on a leaderboard let alone at the top of one. He played pretty well at The Honda Classic earlier in the year, but shot 63 one day, and 76 the next. It would be nice to see him sustain a lead, and be in the mix come the weekend.
Inbee Park didn’t get a piece of the first round lead at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, but she isn’t far back, and there’s three rounds left. I wouldn’t count her out at this point. The 23 year-old South Korean is proof positive that if you have a calm demeanor, and a great putting stroke, you can’t lose.
I think the “Golf God” owes Tom Watson, and us older golf fans one more British Open Championship after teasing us in 2009 at Turnberry. At age 63, it’s not very realistic that Tom can once again get to the top of the leaderboard for another Sunday charge, but I for one, would love to see it. That would be better than a Tiger Woods 15th major.
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