The Open championship is coming up and all eyes are on one man. Jordan Spieth.
The 21 year old has already won the first two majors of the year and has the chance at the calendar Grand Slam, winning every major in a season. Winning the John Deere classic last week as well, put the Texas born youngster in great form and with the reigning champion and World No.1 Rory Mcilroy out injured, he is heavily backed this week to be triumphant at the Home of Golf.
However, I do not think he will have what it takes to win at St Andrews. He is an unbelievable talent who has shown he has experience which way surpasses his years, but I think the immense pressure will weigh heavily on the American. As well as this I think he will struggle with the style of play needed for British links golf. While he excelled at Chambers Bay in the US Open, that does not have as harsh weather conditions which will certainly face Spieth this week. Not playing in the Irish nor Scottish Open will, I believe, be a major disadvantage as his limited experience on links golf courses will be heavily exposed.
So that then begs the question, who is going to win? Below are my top 3 picks for this years championship.
The Flamboyant American is not much more experienced than Spieth. However, he has proven himself to be well-suited to links golf coming 3rd in last years championship and winning the Scottish Open last week. It is only a matter of time before the 26 year old wins a major and this week he could certainly card his third tournament win of the year after the Players Championship and the Scottish Open.
The long hitting Johnson came painfully close at Chambers Bay and should have won the tournament. It quite frankly is a miracle that he has not won a major up to this point. With rain forecast for this week the course should be a little softer than usual which will benefit Johnson as his length will show even more and he may be able to pitch and stop approach shots on the green which would normally be too hard to do so. He certainly has a great chance this week to win his first major.
No.3 Phil Mickleson
You can never write off Mickleson. The 45 year old has a wealth of experience and having won 5 major championships in the past he is not likely to buckle under the pressure which some of the younger competitors might. Crucially, his Open championship win in 2013 came in Scotland and with 51 wins in his career, not many would be surprised if he could do it again in Scotland this week.
So those are my picks for the Open. It is so difficult to pick a winner out of a wide open field where the weather could play such a crucial part in who triumphs round the prestigious course. There is one thing for certain though, it is going to be a brilliant four days of exciting golf.