Of course St Andrews, Tiger Woods’ attendance, tensions with Liv… Three questions about the British Open

The 150th British Open begins on Thursday 14 July at the most historic course, the old course in St Andrews, where golf was born. The stars are there, and the show promises to be dazzling, perhaps for the last time. The shadow of the lucrative Super League LIV hangs over the British Championship, raising fears that golf’s big names will be absent in future editions. Franceinfo: The sport tells you more about the 2022 event which could be historic in more ways than one.

1What is the way?

The British Open, or in a more sober way, is held every five years at the father of all courses, the Old St Andrews Trail, a windswept seaside track (links) dotted with a cloud of little bunkers (112 in total). Deep and very well positioned.

In St Andrews, golf has been played since the 15th century. This historic course, whose course dates back to the mid-18th century, is getting a bit short for players and equipment. “We can approach the Greens with the driver, but that does not mean that we will continue with the sparrows”Former Scientist No. 1, warns Rory McIlroy. However, he expects scores to be low, but warns that the course will become “Very hard on the weekend”.

2What is the impact of Super League LIV on the event?

shine this British Open History is tainted by the conflict between the traditional PGA pro circuit and the maverick Super League (LIV). The latter spoils the headlines with Saudi oil barrels. While the Majors qualification system is based on the world rankings, players who join the LIV must be denied points. However, it was accepted by British regulators this year.

The LIV project was strongly condemned by Tiger Woods. The American legend denounced the golfers’ decision to join the competing ring “Incomprehensible” for his eyes. They turned their backs on what brought them to where they are.” Among the athletes targeted, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Bryson DeChambeau, Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed may play The Open for the last time. “It would be better if the winner did not participate in the LIV”Former world number one Rory McIlroy believes.

3Who are the main contenders?

Last year’s winner, American Colin Morikawa (25, world number four) is defending his title and wants to take back the trophy he had to return to organizers on Monday, as tradition requires. Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (world number 2), the 2014 winner of Royal Liverpool, has not won the flagship since the PGA Championship in the same year. But he just finished in the top eight of the year’s top three majors, confirming his return to the bar. American world number one Scotty Scheffler has won four of the biggest tournaments of the season, including the Masters. British Matt Fitzpatrick (10th in the world) plans to continue after winning the US Open last month.

American Justin Thomas (5th in the world), who competed in the LIV and won the PGA Championship for the second time in May, is hoping to win the British Championship for the first time. Tyrrell Hatton (ranked 28 in the world), a member of the European Ryder Cup team, is aiming for his first major of the course as the Englishman has twice won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Young American Will Zalatores (25, world number 13) is now among the potential winners, having finished sixth in the Masters and then second in the PGA Championship (he was defeated by Thomas in the playoff) and the US Open.

Finally, the tiger is back. After the horrific car accident that nearly left his right leg in February 2021, the 46-year-old American (world number 974) has come a long way. “To be here, in my sixth championship at St Andrews, and to be able to play on this course, it’s just amazing”he explains. In 2000, the greatest champion in golf history earned his first victory at the British Open, winning fourth of his 15 majors, a feat by avoiding 112 shelters over the four rounds.

With his swing undisputedly, Rory McIlroy is confident Woods has a hand in the win: “It’s going to be chess and in the last 20 years no one has been as good at this kind of chess on a golf course as Tiger.”

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