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Some golf courses are all about power golf. And golfers known for really long tee shots, strong drives and fast play on fairways, like Rory McIlroy for instance, get rewarded by these types of courses often.
But its when the course is laid out more like a puzzle than a driving range challenge that the most intelligent golfers pull away from the pack. Now I'm not saying that Rory isn't a smart golfer, its just that his style of play isn't always ideal for all courses.
Leads me to this article CBS Sports wrote about the 2019 British Open, and Tiger Woods' chances to win it. They make the case that Tiger Woods is the 5th best golfer in the world and its been that way for 2 years now. And the course for the 2019 British Open is a course that rewards smart golf play over all else, something Tiger is particularly adept at.
The 2019 British Open will be a held at the Royal Portrush golf course. Here's a good video that shows the difficulty of some of the holes at Royal Portrush to get an idea of what these golfers are in store for. Keep in mind this course hasn't hosted a British Open since 1951, so that just adds to the difficulty as no one will be very familiar with the layout and the reads:
This British Open major's leaderboard should be very top heavy with only the best and most intelligent golfers in the world. Be real curious to see how Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Rory McIlory fair at this course.
Interesting to note that despite the first article on Woods being primed for this course in particular, CBS Sports also reports that Rory McIlory is the odds on favorite to win. .. There's a logic break somewhere there between reports.