A Charmed Lifestyles
It’s possibly ironic that gamers can also be so damning of the man-made demanding situations of the U.S. Open, but are typically indulgent of the truth that British Opens are liable to moments that may produce similarly wild swings in gamers’ fortunes.
Mark Steinberg, the agent who represents Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar, says he appreciates those arbitrary interventions.
“It’s essential have 70 levels, no wind and best sunshine within the morning,” Steinberg mentioned. “After which you might want to have 60-mile-an-hour winds blowing sideways, raining and 40 levels within the afternoon consultation — and there’s a 12-shot distinction within the moderate rating. That’s the best way the championship is, and moderately frankly that’s a part of the attraction to it. I find it irresistible.”
Up to now, a reasonably delicate forecast for this yr’s event means that Slumbers’s sleep might not be interrupted once more, however after his reports at Royal Troon in 2016, and with the crosswinds that upended the second one spherical at Royal Birkdale final yr, he is aware of higher than to thoroughly consider the notorious vagaries of the Scottish climate.
Certainly, Slumbers issues out that the elements has already had an impact in this yr’s route, if no longer but in dramatic shape. “We’ve had a summer season warmth wave over right here,” he mentioned.
“If truth be told, we haven’t had severe rain up right here for 2 months. We’ve were given numerous pretty spindly grass rising within the tough, and the fairways listed here are truly company, very fast and really brown as smartly. And that makes an actual problem for the gamers.”
The participant that meets that problem to turn out to be “the champion golfer of the yr,” because the British Open champion is historically identified, will want talent, a marginally of fortune and possibly above all, a good wind.