The Open or The British Open?

The 147th Open starts this week at Carnoustie!  This is the 6th time Carnoustie Golf Links will host The Open!

 

Did you know that only 92 of the golf courses in Scotland (that’s only17%) are true links courses?  A links course refers to the type of soil and terrain on which the course is built.

 

Did you know that Gary Player has appeared at the British Open 46 times?

 

So is it “The British Open” or “The Open”???  To win the broadcast rights beginning in 2016, NBC Sports had to agree as part of the contract that it would refer to the tournament strictly as the Open or the Open Championship. NBC, in turn, has instructed announcers not to use the phrase “British Open” on the air.

 

Good article on “The Open” vs “The British Open”:  Dear American Twits: This Golf Event’s Proper Name is ‘The Open’

 

Vegas odds:

 

Dustin Johnson 12-1
Rory McIlroy 14-1
Jordan Spieth 16-1
Justin Rose 16-1
Rickie Fowler 18-1
Justin Thomas 18-1
Tommy Fleetwood 18-1
Brooks Koepka 20-1
Jon Rahm 20-1
Tiger Woods 20-1
Jason Day 25-1
Henrik Stenson 25-1
Sergio Garcia 25-1
Hideki Matsuyama 30-1
Patrik Reed 30-1
Paul Casey 30-1
Alex Noren 30-1
Phil Mickelson 40-1
Marc Leishman 40-1
Branden Grace 40-1

 

Whatever it’s called, I’m still pulling for Rickie!

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