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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 155 - The Open wrap
IFEVER you wondered why The Open Championship is so widely revered in golf circles, the past week's example should put that pondering to rest. This is undoubtedly the one major that is a complete test of golfing ability. Where the Masters has its own charm (and plenty of it), the US Open its 'brutal test' tag and the PGA Championship, well, not a whole lot, The Open remains the only one that requires equal parts precision, creativity and finesse every single year. Players need to adapt their games to playing in sudden bursts of extreme wind changes and rain, which can turn a course from a toothless tiger into a heartless monster in a heartbeat. They need to grab their chances when they arise and manage the rest of their rounds if they want a genuine chance at getting their paws on golf's ultimate prize – the coveted Claret Jug. And as far as I'm concerned, The Open is the most interesting of all golf tournaments to watch – with the possible exception of the Ryder Cup. Why? Because there are always stories to come out of Open contests, both during and after the event. Take this year's staging as an example. Through three rounds (and four days) three men were tied for the lead. Each had a fairytale story waiting to be written with a win: Jason Day, just weeks after battling with vertigo at the US Open on the verge of his maiden major. Paul Dunne, the diminutive Irish amateur nearing in on entering the history books at the Home of Golf. Louis Oosthuizen, the last man to win an Open at St Andrews – as an unknown – so close to winning a second title there. One shot back American Jordan Spieth looking to do what only one other has in the history of golf – win the first three majors of the year and keep the grand slam dream alive. Then there was Padraig Harrington, a two-time Open champion who's been battling form woes for several years. The list continued with the majorless Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman, and Adam Scott a shot back in his bid to overturn the squandered Open of 2012. Everywhere you looked a fairytale awaited to be penned, and ultimately that story belonged to Zach Johnson, a short hitter by Tour standards but a real thinker around the course. We witnessed a true test of golf in varying conditions at St Andrews. We saw drama at its peak. We said bye to greats like Tom Watson. We played with a host of possible endings that kept us enthralled to the very end. And that's why The Open is still the best major of them all. OTG the VIEW THE OPEN: THE COMPLETE TEST THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ST ANDREWS PROVED ONCE AGAIN WHY IT IS THE MOST ENTHRALLING OF GOLF'S FOUR MAJORS by Damian Shutie OTG editor-in-chief Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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