Might it be possible that Garcia, having waited 74 starts for that first win, can add a Claret Jug to his brand new green jacket when The Open tees off in exactly 100 days time?
On Sunday, 9.4.2017 the 37-
History certainly suggests that the venue for the The 146th Open might allow Garcia to ride the wave a little longer.
Back in 1998 Mark O’Meara arrived at Royal Birkdale as the new Masters champion and defeated fellow American Brian Watts in a play-
He isn’t the first winner at the Lancashire course whose Champion Golfer of the Year potential had been flagged at Augusta National.
1983 winner Tom Watson had finished tied fourth at the Masters, eight years later Ian Baker-
If these performances provide Garcia with hope of adding to his collection of ten top ten finishes at The Open, and maybe going one better than the two occasions he has been runner-
Rose, major winner at the US Open in 2013, is looking to become the first Englishman in 25 years to lift the Claret Jug. Royal Birkdale, the scene of his electric introduction to the golfing world, would be the perfect stage.
It was back in 1998 that the then 19-
It seems remarkable that 14 appearances at The Open as a professional have seen him fail to improve on that result, but a tie for sixth in 2015 offers hope, as does the fact that he’s clearly in wonderful form this year.
Another Englishman who thrived on the last day in Georgia was the Arizona-
If the Garcia-
Stenson carded rounds of 77 and 75 to miss the cut by two shots, but the sanguine Swede is unlikely to be too disheartened given his disappointing long-
Instead he’ll focus on the fact that he’ll defend the Claret Jug on a course he finished tied third at in 2008. He’s also confirmed that he will prepare exactly as he did for that success, with a week of links golf at the Scottish Open.
Mickelson’s opening round of 71 left him primed to make a run for a fourth green jacket, but his challenge fizzled out. Rounds of 73-
With 100 days until the start of The 146th Open Garcia can dream of further glory and should he complete the Claret Jug-
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