The Open Championship is the oldest of the four major championships and you’re usually guaranteed to see some magical action on the course. This year’s Open took place at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland amid unusually hot conditions thanks to the current heatwave sweeping Britain! With legends like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy teeing off, it was an action packed weekend full of great golf action. At The Insurance Emporium, we were hooked on the play at Carnoustie. Here are our main highlights from the weekend!
This year’s open was a particularly important one as we saw the first ever Italian win a major! Francesco Molinari took home the Claret Jug after finishing eight under par. The 35-year-old went into the tournament as a favourite, having claimed the PGA Championship at Wentworth and his first ever PGA Tour Victory at the Quicken Loans Classic. It was a close-run thing on the fourth day of competition, with Molinari finishing his round and having to face an agonising wait for Xander Schauffele to finish up. Schauffele failed to land the required eagle to take it to a play-off and Molinari was left to celebrate a famous win with his wife and caddie!
Woods stands strong
One of the most famous names in golfing history has been marred by recent personal struggles and a serious back injury and the 14-time major winner has found it difficult to recapture his form. In 2018, Tiger has rekindled some of that magic and put in some performances worthy of his glory days. There was a genuine buzz around Tiger over the Open weekend, with fans flocking to see him in action. One fan was even hit by a stray ball and was given a signed glove by Tiger! Unfortunately, despite him taking the lead on Sunday, a double bogey on the 11th saw the 42-year-old’s hopes dashed.
Our home-grown hopes
With American golfers dominating in recent majors, there was perhaps a stronger hope than ever to see a home-grown winner take the Open. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy were considered two of the most likely to achieve this but it just wasn’t to be. There were glimpses of brilliance from the pair, world number two Rose even managed a career-best major round on the Saturday with a score of 64. Both golfers finished the weekend on six shots under, finishing joint second, having played their part in a thrilling conclusion to the major. On the bright side, with an Italian eventually taking the title, it did give Europe a victory!
Spieth and Schauffele suffer
The Americans led the pack going into the final round but, after dropping three shots between holes five and seven, their hopes were dealt a huge blow. It was perhaps even more disheartening for Jordan Spieth, who was hoping to match a 149-year record as the only man under the age of 25 to win back-to-back Open Championships. He found himself battling with a prickly gorse bush, taking a thorn to his thumb and having to take an unplayable lie. It may have been a memorable day but certainly not for the right reasons!
This year’s British Open really did bring some serious golfing magic to the course at Carnoustie. Watching your heroes in action during one of the biggest tournaments in golf can often be the most inspiring thing to get you off the sofa and onto the fairway! If you are about to embark on a golfing adventure you may want to consider some Golf Insurance, helping to protect you as you create your own magical golf moments. At The Insurance Emporium, our Golf Insurance policies come with a 20% Introductory Discount* and include cover for Golf Equipment up to £5,000^. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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