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The Open Championship: What You Need To Know


By:
Jeff Newton

It’s Open Championship week. So set your alarm, brew a fresh pot of coffee, grab a blanket, and settle in on the couch. This is one of the best weeks of the year, and of course we’re hoping Team Callaway captures the Claret Jug for the 2nd year in a row, after Phil and Henrik’s epic duel last year. Here’s what you need to know for Royal Birkdale.

How Many Of Our Guys Are in The Field?

We have 18 staffers: Phil, Henrik, Emiliano Grillo, Thomas Pieters, David Horsey, Brendan Grace, Marc Leishman, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Alex Noren, Toby Tree, Daniel Berger, Pablo Larrazabal, Wes Bryan, Adam Hadwin, Stuart Manley, Callum Shinkwin, and Danny Willett. That’s a solid lineup.

How Many Of Them Won The Open Last Year?

Technically, just Henrik. If you remember, he shot a final round 63 that will go down as one of the greatest performances in golf history on the way to posting a winning score of 20-under.

He and Phil staged a classic one-on-one battle over the final two rounds, and in fact Mickelson’s final score was one of the lowest scores in Open Championship history! We put together a great quiz to help you relive their showdown last summer at Royal Troon.

What Else Should We Know About The Defending Open Champion?

He’s a great guy, and he’s learning how to Water Surf. Seriously. We hung out with Henrik in Florida while he shot a new Vice “Off Day” video, which just aired this week. He’s a quote machine, and a lot of fun to be around.

Will The Weather Be Bad? 

If rain and wind aren’t your thing then yes, it will be bad. Thursday’s forecast looks promising, but come Friday players will face rain and occasional gusting winds the rest of the week. The all-weather gear is coming out at some point.

How Will The Course Play? 

The weather will dictate a lot of the course management, but players have said that Royal Birkdale is tight, and requires less than driver on a lot of tee shots. Iron play and putting will determine who wins this week.

Are You Doing Anything Special With Bags Or Headcovers?

Of course. Our bags and headcovers for this week pay homage to the host course of Royal Birkdale, its iconic clubhouse, the host city, and much more. Our designers did an amazing job once again, and you can check our social channels this week to see how you could potentially win one of these staff bags.

Is Phil The People’s Champ? 

Always.

Enjoy The Open!

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