One of the world’s most watched majors in Golf, the Open Championship, is finally upon us as it starts this Thursday at Muirfield. The current US Open Champion, Justin Rose, is playing on home soil in Great Britain and therefore will have the backing of the home crowd as he hopes to capture his 2nd consecutive major. Rose has been grouped with the current Open Champion, Ernie Els, as the South African is determined to keep his name on the trophy and win at Muirfield for a 3rd time in his career.
Another notable grouping for the Open Championship is the world number one, Tiger Woods, being put in the same group as major winner Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen. Rory McIlroy has tough competition in his group being matched with Phil Mickelson and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. Justin Rose is with Ernie Els and American, Brandt Snedeker. England’s Sir Nick Faldo will have a hard time in the group against the two Americans Tom Watson and Fred Couples. Fellow English golfer Ian Poulter is also matched with two Americans, Keegan Bradley and Billy Horschel.
Rory McIlroy has taken advice from the golfing great, Sir Nick Faldo, who told the Irishman that he needs to focus on his golf if he wants to grab his first win of 2013. With McIlroy’s previous victory being last year in the PGA Championship, he is in serious need of a win following his move in clubs at the start of this season. When the former world number one was with Titleist, he won the US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2012. However, since he moved to Nike at the beginning of 2013, his wins have dried up.
The Open Championship former winner, Sir Nick Faldo, commented, “I actually think it’s a lot going on in his mind. You need 100% concentration, off the golf course, practising, as well. The most ideal preparation I can think is to go to the club at nine in the morning, hit balls all day long, and leave at five. You have to do that. You have a 20-year window of opportunity as an athlete. Concentrate on golf, nothing else. Just concentrate on golf, nothing else. That’s my only words of wisdom to Rory.”
Sir Nick Faldo has won the Open Championship on three different occasions in 1987, 1990 and 1992 so he is more than eligible to give out advice to McIlroy, which would really help the Irishman later in the week. Along with 3 Open Championships, Faldo has also won 3 Masters to get his major total to 6. However, Faldo has revealed that this will be his final tournament before he retires from the sport after previously retiring in 2007, but coming back in 2009.
Author Daniel Foster.
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