Spieth ready for anything at the Open

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Spieth ready for anything at the Open

It hardly constitutes ideal preparation for the year's third major. And while the stats don't show that he's been great in terms of driving accuracy, he has been as of late coming off of the U.S. Open.

McIlroy emerged from a similar slump at the end of previous year, winning two of the four FedEx Cup events in America to carry off a near-£8million bonus.

"But all it takes is one week for those odds to go back to 7/1 for this year's USPGA at Quail Hollow". However, the world No 4 remains one of golf's finest talents. There's a fairway bunker left and a smaller, and arguably more penal, pot bunker to be found at the 300-yard mark down the right.

This will be the 10th time The Open is held at Royal Birkdale, with the club holding its first Open Championship in 1954.

He was hoping conditions on Wednesday would mimic the early rounds of the tournament to give him a chance to test out his game plan.

Since the demise of Tiger Woods, and more recently Rory McIlroy, the last seven majors have seen first-time winners, including Koepka himself at Erin Hills in June, when he kept the coolest of heads for a 16-under total that tied McIlroy's record for lowest score in relation to par at the tournament. Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia, among others, figure to be in contention.

While that can make the Open Championship an easier major to win in theory, Spieth suggested, he added that it isn't in practice because of the skill set required. He should turn it around quickly.

Mickelson carried only the 3-wood with him during his practice round Tuesday at the British Open, and he plans to keep it that way. It feels like that could change at Birkdale, though.

Rose has mix memories of Royal Birkdale.

"If someone told me 10 years ago at Carnoustie "You're going to be a four-times major victor and you won The Open, you're one leg away from the career grand slam and you've played on three winning Ryder Cup teams", I would have said "I'll take that, that's pretty good".

"All the friends and family that we have got here in Wichita have been really supportive over the years", Kirk said.

Can another "golden oldie" reign supreme? The average age of the last five winners is 38 years old, and that includes.

The Northern Irishman, Open champion in 2014 at Hoylake, has missed the cut at three of the last five majors and also failed to make the weekend on the links at this month's Irish Open and Scottish Open.

In addition to narrow fairways, the course features more than 120 bunkers, including 50 that come into play on tee shots. In the other three majors combined, that number stands at around 10 per cent. It's where Spieth got his first taste of links golf. Which bodes well this week for the likes of Mickelson (47), Westwood (44) and 2008 Birkdale champion Padraig Harrington (45). Best be on the "right side of the draw", then.

TIGER FALLING: Tiger Woods is out of golf for the rest of the season as he recovers from a fourth back surgery, and that means he finally is out of the top 1,000 players listed in the Official World Golf Ranking.

"You'll see a group of 10 to 12 guys over the next 15, 20 years, that are going to have a lot of different competitions that come down the stretch with each other", he added.

"The talent level is so high on the PGA Tour that it's hard to be that dominant", Johnson said. So I think that was a fantastic testament to what we did previous year at Royal Troon, and really shows what you can do with TV. Thankfully, the initial forecast is calm enough - for now.

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