Rory McIlroy confident and keen as British Open approaches

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Peter Thomson twice won the Open at this year's venue, Royal Birkdale. As with anything related to Mickelson, though, you never really know what you're going to get. And I don't know what else to say. The chance to hoist the Claret Jug and be the Champion Golfer of the Year, all those things come into play when you come and play in this great championship. I like this kind of golf. He played well here in 2008 when he didn't have much experience.

It has been a disappointing season by Day's standards, with way too many missed cuts for the Australian's liking. But what an fantastic experience to contend in an Open at St. Andrews.

Andy Sullivan $6,400Sullivan proved his worth previous year at The Open Championship as he finished 12th.

The Open is golf's oldest championship. "And it got to me little bit". The U.S. Open is probably the toughest test in golf, but that traditionally leads to a tricked out form of the game created to limit the abilities of the best players in the world, the equivalent to strapping weights onto LeBron and Steph Curry in the NBA Finals.

"You always have to believe in yourself".

DeChambeau is entitled to feel fully vindicated as he prepares for his first major as a professional having turned down places at last year's US Open and Open in order to turn pro after winning the low amateur at the 2016 Masters, though the tools of his trade and his approach to it remain a bone of contention with some and the source of intrigue to many. Andrews. The fretter became the finisher: Where he had previously stumbled, he now stood tall. Spieth found himself on the wrong side of the draw at last year's tournament and posted a second round 75 during the worst weather of the week. Phil Mickelson arrives, declares his love for all things links golf and sets off on yet another adventure. I hope he gets fit. A year ago, Dustin Johnson was the hot hand.

"It really has been - I'm happy and disappointed at the same time", he said.

It's not the longest course, but it plays big because of the wind, and it weaves along massive dunes by the Irish Sea.

And as it turns out, the rule was prompted by Jason Day's caddie asking whether it was allowed or possible - although according to Day it was more out of curiosity rather than what he would actually do on what would be a blind tee shot. "Saying that, I've been working very hard".

In one sense he might have Tiger Woods to thank. "Yeah, I had a chat with him and he seems like everything is doing OK with him", said Day.

But the rage cooled and contact has been made. "It's just a matter of putting it all together".

Fleetwood eased to the French Open title two weeks ago, having also finished fourth behind Koepka at Erin Hills for his best major-championship effort to date.

Since his demise, no one golfer has managed to dominate the sport in the same way, and the last nine majors have all been won by different players.

Whatever the reasons, he is tempering his expectations. "You're amazed at how small the space is and how they make it work", he said. But I understand the safety issue as well because if you're hitting a driver and guys are walking straight up 10 fairway, you can hit someone or injure somebody pretty badly. "But I think Fleetwood is in such a zone right now that it might not even matter". So winds. I think the premium is going to be on tee-to-green.