(Sandwich) Spaniard Jon Rahm appears as a favorite at the British Open starting in Sandwich on Thursday; Golf fans are back after the cancellation of the 2020 edition, but many stars during the Royal St George will be deprived of the pandemic.
The Kent Course and VIP Box can hold up to 32,000 spectators per day. Irishman Shane Lowry will be there to defend his claret jug, but not Hideki Matsuyama, winners of the final Masters, Bubba Watson or Zack Johnson, all tested positive for COVID-19 or a contact case.
With a formal ban on players visiting bars, restaurants or supermarkets, leaving an approved hotel or sharing private accommodation with more than four people under their management or sharing private accommodation with any other player involved in the tournament close Will be monitored.
“I don’t have my whole team, I don’t have my coach, I don’t have my boss,” regrets American Brooks Koepka. “Eating with me, my caddy Rick, my physiotherapist, and my agent isn’t as good as ever,” says the winner of the four majors.
Rahm is a logical favorite of bookies as he is in great shape and won the US Open at Torrey Pines last month. But this week he was overtaken by world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who is playing less well than him at the moment.
Despite the many restrictions still in place due to the pandemic, the Spaniard expects to be surprised by the crowd at Royal St George: “I didn’t expect this tournament to be the first with full spectators, because of the lockdown and other restrictions, but I’m excited I’m because we missed. ”
Fleetwood, English Hope
Virus-stricken Rahm in June and forced to retire from PGA Memorial as he advances six strokes ahead of US Open, prepares well for 7I A Scottish Omnium’s Sunday spot with a very tough line-up.
He will face Tommy Fleetwood who is heavily supported by fans, such as the Three Lions during Euro Football. And like him he would try to end a prolonged famine for England: no winner of the historical name “The Open” since Nick Faldo in 1992.
The Englishman with the look of a footballer is not bothered by the pandemic: “There are slightly different rules, in terms of logistics, there are masks, but when I am on the practice field, on the practice green or on tee number 1, I do the same I am what I have always done”, relats Fleetwood.
McIlroy, wait seven years…
As far as Rory McIlroy is concerned, he will try to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot North Irishman Darren Clarke, the eventual winner of the British Open at Royal St George’s ten years ago.
McIlroy is only 32 years old, but he’s already been looking forward to his fifth Major for seven years, from 2014 that year when he won the British Open and the PGA Championship. Their latest results are anything but encouraging: 59I At the Irish Open, the cut was missed at the Scottish Open.
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