Blog, Lewis Clarke

The 148th Open Championship

The Open is one of my favourite weeks of the year. Working in a golf environment, a buzz erupts around the centre as the best in the world compete for the lucrative crown of “champion golfer of the year”. This year the players are competing for the Claret Jug over the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush. The championship yardage will stretch to 7337 yards, an increase of almost 200 yards from previous competition tees. The course record is held by Rory McIlroy with a stunning 61, when he was only 16! (😱). 

Every major championship, I get asked the same question by everyone… “Who do you fancy this year Lewis?” So here’s my predictions below!  



Xander Schauffele the talented American has come close in the last couple of majors and is waiting for a break into the world top 5. His whole golf game is complete and also has one of my favourite swings on tour!  

Xander signed a deal with Callaway this year, here he is with his Epic Flash Sub Zero. 


Top 5:  

Marc Leishman Marc’s adaptable ball flight and control is second to none and loves showing up for a major event. His form this year hasn’t been fantastic but will likely feature over the weekend.  

Top 10: 

Graeme McDowell – growing up around the corner from Royal Portrush, GMac knows every inch of the course. His accuracy off the tee has always been his strength, however the new added distance could prove difficult for him.  

GMac qualified in amazing circumstances holing a 30 footer on the last at the Canadian open to clinch one of the final spots.

Keep an eye out over the Open weekend for some special discounts in the shop and let us know who you fancy!