With the British Open just around the corner, the next couple of weeks will see a few people taking a different approach to their game than they have done recently. The British Open has a different course each year and of course this year it is at the prestigious Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews which is chosen every five years and a course every professional dreams of playing. The Links course will play harder than the majority of golf courses the players have been playing, mainly due to the bitterly cold conditions and prevailing winds that always hinder their game.
But after playing at Chambers Bay last week, most of the players will just enjoy being back and playing at courses where the green and fairways don’t look exactly the same.
The European Tour heads off to Germany this week where the Golf Club Eichenreid plays host to the BMW International Open and will kick off a tremendous run of tournaments on the Tour.
Even with the majority of the top players taking a week off after the tough conditions of Chambers Bay last week, there are still one or two head-liners who are well worth a watch. Both Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer are included in the line-up and both have won this event in previous years. Martin Kaymer is has been a dominant force on the European Tour in recent years but he is yet to find his form this season with just one top 20 finish in his last six appearances on the European tour and a string of missed cuts including last weeks US Open. Even with a run of bad result the German Master-class is still tipped at 12/1 to win outright.
For me there is only one winner this week and that is the ice cool Swede that is Henrik Stenson. The Swede has won a total of 9 European Tour Competitions but is yet to record a win this calender year. He goes into the tournament on the back of a few comfortable finishes with four top 20’s in his last six tournaments, all of which he has been at least 4 under-par. With Stenson’s iron play being one of the best in the current game, he will have no worries in getting the birdie opportunities it just depends if the putter is hot or not. The 2013 FedEx Cup winner is at an inviting 7/1 odds on favourite to win outright.