By Josh Powell | Open Championship
The Open is the oldest major in golf and with a healthy share of wonder-shots, scantily-clad members of the public and bottle-jobs, it is arguably the most entertaining. The stunning drives, the missed puts and the opportunity to see a streaker lose their dignity on the chilly Muirfield course. What more do you want from golf?
Here are seven reasons why you’d be mad to miss the Open this week.
1. Seven of the last 13 Opens have been won by an American. Tiger Woods is the best-priced 10/1 favourite and is on for his fourth Claret Jug #Formidable
2. In 1999 Jean van de Velde blew a three-shot lead going into the last hole. After finding knee-deep rough, water and a bunker, he scored a triple-bogey #Bottler
3. Faced with cross-winds of 26mph and 272 yards to the pin, Padraig Harrington did this on the 17th to basically secure the 2008 Open #WorldClass
4. Ernie Els won in 2012 and won this event the last time it was played at Muirfield. The 28/1 shot can defend his crown and win his third Open #ReigningChamp
5. 63-year-old Tom Watson is challenging for his fifth Open Championship – but his first for 30 years #Veteran
6. The Open never fails to surprise you, even if you’re Tiger Woods. Is this where it all began? #TigerLad