It's The Open Championship Week!
By mustang6560 on 7/16/12
The Open Championship returns to Royal Lytham & St Annes this week for the 141st edition of golf's oldest major.

It's an exciting day for most golf fans because we're only a few days away from the start of the third major of the year. But, it's been an emotional day for Darren Clarke, the defending champion. As is required of the reigning champion, the Northern Irishman returned the claret jug earlier today to R&A chief executive Peter Dawson and it brought a few tears to his eyes.

The British Open, as it's known here in the States, holds a special place in my heart - not just because it's the third major of the year. I spent a year living in London, so the United Kingdom is my favorite country - behind the stars and stripes of course! But, enough about me. I want to know more about you.

What is your favorite thing about the Open Championship?

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bducharm says:
Links golf is my favorite. I lived in England for 3 years and really enjoyed playing a different type of golf.
7/16/12
 
legitimatebeef says:
Same as it ever was, I like being able to watch live in the early morning. I like watching the events in either Europe or the west coast because I don't really like getting stuck in front of the tube for a whole afternoon.
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legitimatebeef says:
Also I just enjoy the exotic look and feel of the Open championship. It seems so far away.
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BentPutter says:
I have to agree with legitimatebeef. Watching live golf early in the mornings is pretty nice.
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mmontisano says:
history.
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joe jones says:
I hope everyone pays attention to the way everyone has to play bump and run in situations that require that style of play. With all due respect to The Wedge Guy,more often than not players will use a putter or a mid iron (6-7) from as much as 100 feet off the green to get the ball close. It's not that a wedge isn't useful it,s because there are so many little bumps an valleys on the greens that the ability to get the ball on the ground A.S.A.P is imperative. Tom Watson said he hated links golf the first few times he played it but as soon as he learned he could fly his approach shots to the green but had to use a chipping method around the greens he became a winner.Phil Mickelson has said that one of the reasons he has not had success in the British Open is he continued to try to hit flop shots an high pitch shots around the greens. That and the longer, slower fescue greens give many American players problems.
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GBogey says:
Agree with Joe Jones - love watching those long bump and runs that somehow get closer than seem possible. Also love the long heather grass that punishes bad shots. Wish we had more of that in the states (bump and run, not long heather).
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Werepuppie says:
I have heard that you want to try and keep the ball on the ground there.It seems counterintuative to me,if there are that many bumps and valleys wouldn't it be logical to fly over them?
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bducharm says:
@Werepuppie - bump and run is more controlled, especially with the winds coming in on the seaside links courses. I once played 36 holes qualifying for our Air Force base team in 35 MPH winds, gusting to 50. I shot 97-76! The 76 was probably the best round of golf I ever shot (even better than my 64)...
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bkuehn1952 says:
I like the type of golf played on links-style courses.
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joe jones says:
Werepuppie. The problem with hitting high shots is the humps and valleys are on the whole green. If you land on the upslope the ball will come back at you. If you land on the down slope it will go over the green. Hit on a side slope it runs off left or right.Even great ball strikers that can usually put so much spin on the ball have a hard time controlling their distance. Watch the open and you will see what I mean.
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joe jones says:
Just as an aside. I have gone to bump and run because I don,t have much of a wedge game. It is a matter of survival. I guess I have taken the path of least resistance but it works for me. I envy people that can hit high soft shots but some of them say that they like what I do so why worry.
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