By Lee Dover
Open legend Tony Jacklin has demanded that the competitors hoping to lift the Claret Jug stop whining and complaining about the Royal Lytham course.
The 68-year-old won the Open Championship when it was staged on the picturesque Lancashire course back in 1969 – and remains the last Englishman to win the tournament in England.
Looking ahead to what the cream of the crop in the golf world can do at Royal Lytham this week, Jacklin stated.
Whingeing won’t win it. It’s about getting your head round it and getting on with it. No matter how unplayable it is, somebody will win.
It may seem like a matter-of-fact statement, but one of the greats in the game really does have a point. And thankfully, his words have not fallen on deaf ears.
For one, Lee Westwood is looking to break the 43-year hoodoo of an Englishman falling short of victory at Royal Lytham, as well as clinch his first major title in the process.
I played the golf course last night, which was a genius move because it was nice weather and there was hardly anybody out there. It was one of the best Open Championship practice rounds I have ever had.
Justin Rose (31) is another Englishman hoping to bloom in the shadow of the extravagant lights of Blackpool and is not letting his spirits dampen by the questionable conditions of Royal Lytham.
“I feel good about everything. I had a good session with Sean on the range. I hit a few shots left in France and wasn’t that happy and I just cleaned it up a little bit. This course is set up well but you have to drive the ball well and it is a ball-striking test this week.”
Even Tiger Woods is getting optimistic about the Open Championship after dissing the rough just a few days ago.
Now though, Woods has cheered up and said:
Preparations are going quite well. I played Sunday, Monday and now today. We’ve had two different wind conditions over the three days which is good to see a golf course play a bit differently.
Can Tiger roar again? Then perhaps you will want to put your money where your mouth is and put a few quid on Paddy Power’s price of 9/1 for Woods to lift the Claret Jug for the fourth time on Sunday.