Those who are following golf this season will most likely have noticed a trend emerging in Majors golf. This year, three out of the four majors are to be played (or have already been played), on links-style courses. Although links courses are often considered to be a traditionally British style of golf course, the fact that this year’s Majors circuit features two American links legs shows that links courses are making a resurgence.
The US Open which was played at Chambers Bay, Washington in June will be followed by the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits links course in Wisconsin in the middle of August. As always, the British Open Championship will be played on one of ten leading links courses around the country. This year will see the British Open return to St Andrew’s, which is widely known as the home of golf. The Masters is played at Augusta National Golf Club every year, which is not a links course. Given that there are only about 300 links courses worldwide, the fact that 75% of this year’s majors are to be played on courses of this style is very significant.
The Open at Chamber’s Bay threw up plenty of surprises as some of the world’s leading players, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIllroy, failed to deliver, and relative newcomer Jordan Speith was able to justify his position in the top 10 of the official world rankings. Many spectators are hoping that Whistling Straits will be able to offer up more of the same excitement.