The 2009 British Open began today at Turnberry with Tiger Woods the favourite to win while competitor Padraig Harrington will be going after a third straight British Open.
This year the 2009 British Open Championship will take place in Turnberry, Ayrshire from to 16th to the 19th July.
However, now that Tiger Woods is no longer injured, there’s everything to play for with all eyes on Woods to set the standard.
Woods has captured the British Open three times on two links courses. He won his first Claret Jug at St. Andrews in 2000, a victory as famous as much for his career Grand Slam as his four rounds without once playing out of the bunker. Meanwhile, his most recent victory was in 2006 at Hoylake.
This year Tiger is a heavy favourite to win again, while favourite to challenge him is Irishman Padraig Harrington who will be looking to win his third straight British Open, which has not been achieved since 1954. Harrington arrives at Turnberry the way he did for his previous two victories, having recently played links in Ireland and winning the Irish PGA.
Will the plucky Irishman be able to take on the Tiger? Let’s see how the next few days unfold.