The Open Championship is always a personal favorite of mine because it takes us back to a time where castles, knights, archers, kings, and queens scattered the landscape. The Open may arguably have the best case, where all three since 2015 have been exciting.
The 2015 Open at St. Andrews went into a playoff between Zach Johnson, Louis Oothuizen and Marc Leishman. This playoff almost included Jason Day and Jordan Spieth (holy smokes!).
Johnson prevailed to capture his second major, once again proving why he’s one of the best at tackling tough weather on the course. It was a fun Open at the world’s most magical golf course.
The 2016 Open needs no introduction. Arguably the greatest duel in golf history took place at Royal Troon between Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson.
At that time, Stenson was one of the best players never to win a major. But, some huge putts helped hold off Mickelson and grab his first major.
This duel alone could help The Open win the title of most exciting major over the last three years. Then, we come to the present, in 2017, where Jordan Spieth did his best Houdini impersonation to win his third major.
At first, it seemed like it could’ve been almost anybody winning it at Royal Birkdale. Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka and others were all battling it out.
In the end, we were treated to yet another great duel between a putting sniper in Spieth and a human microwave in Kuchar. It wasn’t quite to the magnitude of Stenson and Mickelson, but it was still terrific.
If the Open hasn’t been the most epic major over the last three seasons, then it’s certainly number two. Great players, epic duels, and legendary courses sum up the last few Opens.