Well FJ fans, we now are a mere one week away from The Open Championship at St. Andrews. Each of the tour professionals is now in full on preparation mode; some playing the John Deere and many others playing over in Scotland, but all trying to sharpen their game for one the the toughest challenges in golf.
We all have our favorites that we'd like to see win, from Strick to Phil, Justin, Lee, or Padrig. Who knows, we could even see a young lad like Rory bring home the treasured Claret Jug. In the end, Sunday July 18 we will crown the Champion Golfer of 2010. Who will it be? I'm sure we will all tune in to find out. Will it be a sun kissed day, or one full of wind and rain? One thing is certain, this year's Champion Golfer will face another stellar field and need to show shotmaking ability and a keen mind to battle the finest course created by Mother Nature's hand.
We know we'll see a variety of interesting fashions during the event, as we know Mr. Poulter has proclaimed he'll be wearing a very proper pair of plus fours and a peak lapel vest, all in a snappy Black Watch tartan of his own design. Certainly a myriad of argyle cashmere's will be on display as well, all set against the backdrop that is uniqquely St. Andrews in the summer. It will all make for great theatre.
I believe The Open Championship is my favorite Major of all. Yes I do love Augusta National, because it signifys the start of a new golf season and the promise of what lies ahed in a new year. The U.S. Open has always been a bit too "forced" for me, and while I love to watch, it is not as "pure" for me. The Open Championship has an aura that just can't be measured. I don't know, there is a bit of magic about the whole thing for me, as we've moved to the heart of the season and a great deal of the "story of the season" has been written. This tournament is now where, for me, the hands of fate truly hold the tournament and mold it. The ground derfines who will ultimately be champion, not the air. This unique situation, like the ground itself, is timeless.
I look forward to a wonderful event, and sipping my morning coffee with every twist, turn, shot, and putt. Play on gentlemen!