The 140th British Open Starts today at Sandwich in Kent, UK with high hopes of a first British winner in 12 years. With the top 2 ranked players in the world being English, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood respectively, and the most recent major winner Rory McIlroy lining up, have British players ever had a better chance of winning on home turf?
After a terrible final round at The Masters, McIlroy got the monkey off of his back and clinched his first major at just 22 years of age winning the US Open by a record breaking 16 under par. Eclipsing his British peers Donald and Westwood, who while have both sat on the top spot of the world rankings in the last 12 months, both have yet to win a major championship. With Tiger Woods supremacy seemingly in tatters, is Rory the one who will challenge Jack Niklaus’ record of 18 major titles? Woods looked set to eclipse this feat with 14 majors by the tender age of 33, however recent off the course distractions and a bout of injuries have seen a dramatic drop in form and absence from recent major leaderboards. Woods will not compete at Sandwich due to injury.
Regarded as the most important major on the tour, the home of Golf stages the major that every golf professional wants to win. Out of form, but still a classy player in the field, 2 time Open winner, Padraig Harrington is eyeing up a hat trick of Open Championships and as they say, form is temporary, class is permanent so no-one is writing off the Irishman.
Naturally, our Rory is a big fan of McIlroy and will be willing him on from his 09.10 tee time today right the way until Sunday afternoon / evening where a new British Open Champion will be crowned. If you are visiting the UK, Rhino have car hire from all London airports and with UK car hire
starting from just £14 per day, within an hour or so, you can be in Sandwich watching the action as it unfolds.