The 2015 Open Championship – Preview

The 2015 Open Championship, or British Open as it is also known, will be the 144th edition of the tournament. The event will be held between the 16th and 19th July and played at the Old Course, St Andrews. It will be the 29th time the Open Championship has been hosted by this famous course in Fife, Scotland.

The majority of contenders, have played this course more than once in their career and each should have a good idea of what to expect at the home of golf.

The defending champion, Rory McIlroy, comes in to the Open Championship defending his status as the world’s best golfer. However, due to the rotation of the championship, McIlroy has not won at St Andrews before and the last winner of the Open Championship on the Old Course, was Louis Oosthuizen in 2010. A poor round in very difficult weather conditions cost McIlroy five years ago and if bad weather sweeps in again this year, the Northern Irishman could be up against it.

It’s been a strange year in the major tournaments so far for McIlroy, with good finishes at both The Masters and US Open but at the same time, never really challenging. Jordan Spieth on the other hand, has not only been challenging, he’s been winning. The US Open victory at Chambers Bay, stands Spieth in good stead ahead of his attempt to claim his third major title of the year. The fast and firm conditions, plus the wind will be similar and the American will be full of confidence. It’s clear to see why Spieth is breathing down the neck of McIlroy at the top of world rankings and is also one of the favourites for the 2015 Open Championship.

The player who gifted the US Open to Spieth, Dustin Johnson, will have to overcome memories of that loss, if he is to succeed at St Andrews. Johnson has finished in the top 14 in four of the last five Open Championships and possesses a great links game. If Johnson is leading, coming in to the back nine, it will be a great test of the American’s mental strength.

Other potential contenders include the previous winner at St Andrews, Louis Oosthuizen. The South African came back well after a disappointing start at Chambers Bay and also did well at The Masters. Other names to look out for include Adam Scott, Jason Day and Branden Grace, who is a previous winner of the Dunhill Links, which is also played at St Andrews.

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