The most recent of 10 times the Open was held at Birkdale, Padraig Harrington won the crown back in 2008. The fairways and greens are relatively flat but this course has plenty of teeth and inclement weather can turn it on its head in a moment's notice. But I think it's exciting, exciting for us as players. He finished 30 past year. That distinction goes to the U.S. Open.
Whatever, what is not in doubt is that good old D.J. wasn't at his most loquacious on the eve of his ninth appearance in golf's oldest major and his first visit to Royal Birkdale. Harringson's win came thanks to a +3 score on a then par 70 slate. The multiple PGA victor tees it up on Thursday and will be looking for a strong start to his Open campaign.
This time he is out at 9.47am on Thursday with last year's champion, Stenson, and Kim Si-woo, the victor of the Players in May, and 2.48pm on Friday, with the weather forecast suggesting early starters on day one and later starters for the second round may well be in the better half.
This will be his first look at Birkdale, his fifth British Open in all, and he likes what he sees from the Lancashire links. "But, again, all it takes is one week for those odds to go back to, I don't know, 7 to 1, 8 to 1 at Quail Hollow [the club in Charlotte, N.C., hosting the PGA Championship next month]".
"Since I got hurt at Augusta, my game hasn't been almost as good as it was", Johnson said, referring to that spill down the stairs in his rental home that forced him out of the Masters.
The president spent last weekend at the U.S. Women's Open in Bedminster, New Jersey. His time will come but will it be this week? But Rahm has had an excellent season, as he also won the Farmers Insurance Open.
Noteworthy: Dustin Johnson has not played the weekend at a major since he tied for ninth previous year at the British Open.
The 29-year-old also admitted the successes of 2015 and 2016 made him feel burnt out by the end of last year. I hope he falls back in love with golf.
And he suffered more major heartache in defence of his Masters title a year ago, when he squandered a five-shot lead with nine holes to play as England's Danny Willett claimed the green jacket at Augusta National. When a player is going well, he can't imagine what it was like to play poorly.
JORDAN SPIETHSpieth hasn't been at his best ever since his collapse at last year's Masters, but he still has two wins this season, including in his last Tour start at the Travelers Championship, where his miracle chip-in was the difference.
Some of Bulle's family and friends have joined him in England to watch him play, which Bulle said has been a real blessing.