PGA Championship Preview: Can an American End the United States’ Major Drought?

Golf’s origins may have a decidedly Scottish flavor, but over the years it has mainly been an American game. Nearly all of the sports’ legends during its rise to prominence during the middle part of the 20th century were Americans, with rare exceptions like Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros bucking that trend. Toward the end of that century, a new group of foreigners, led by the likes of Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie, and Ernie Els took the sport by storm, but the game was still one dominated to a large extent by the red, white, and blue.

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Through the Wind and Rain: Five Things We Learned While Darren Clarke Won the Open

Jim Neveau, The Sports Bank

Of all the events in golf, there are few that can match the history and the worldwide significance that the Open Championship has. The rota of courses that the Championship uses features some of the most legendary sites in the golf world, and the wild weather that typically accompanies the playing of the Open has made it into an annual rite of passage for the world’s best players.

The Masters is about Augusta National, and the US Open is about keeping your ball in the fairway, but the Open is about being able to create golf shots from all varieties, while at the same time dealing with the discerning eyes of British golf fans and the pressure that those expectations bring with them.

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