British Open: McIlroy to revive, Rahm wants to confirm.
After the cancellation of the 2020 edition, the fans are back on the course of the Royal St George’s, and the big favorite appears to be the Spaniard Jon Rahm.
There might be up to 32,000 spectators per day in the VIP boxes and on the Kent course. Shane Lowry from Irland will be there to defend his Claret Jug, but not Zack Johnson or Hideki Matsuyama, the winner of the last Masters, Bubba Watson, all tested positive for Covid-19 or contact case.
Players will be firmly watched, with a proper prohibition on going to a bar, restaurant, or store, leaving an approved hotel, or sharing private accommodation with more than four people involved in this Open. Whether they are in their management or another player “ I don’t have my boss, I don’t have my complete team, I don’t have my coach” regrets the American Brooks Koepka. “The food is not as good as usual, ”adds the champ of four Majors.
British Open: Rahm is the logical bookmaker favorite as he’s a great fit and just won the US Open last month at Torrey Pines. But he was dispossessed this week of the world’s number 1 place by Dustin Johnson, who is not doing very well at the moment.
A crowd is expected to come as a surprise to The Spaniard at Royal St George, despite many restrictions still in place due to the pandemic: “ I did not expect a full audience at this tournament, this is a first after the lockdowns and other restrictions, but we miss that and I’m so excited for it.
Rahm, forced to withdraw from the PGA Memorial as he led with six strokes in advance, before the US Open, after he was hit in June by the virus, he prepared well in an Open from Scotland by taking 7th place on Sunday. He will face the very supported by fans Tommy Fleetwood, like the Three Lions during Euro football. He will try to end a long period of famine for England:», The historical name, since Nick Faldo in 1992.
The Englishman is not bothered by the pandemic: “ In terms of logistics, There are little different rules, there are the masks, but when I am at the training, on the putting green or the tee number 1, I’m doing what I’ve always done, ”Fleetwood said. North Irishman Darren Clarke, the last winner of a British Open at the Royal St George, ten years ago, will be there.
As for Rory McIlroy, he will try to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot McIlroy has been waiting for his fifth major for seven years, since 2014 when he won the British Open and the PGA Championship, McIlroy is only 32 years old but his recent results are not so encouraging: missed cut at the Scottish Open,59th at the Irish Open.