Located on the southeast coast of England, a 5-iron from France over the water hazard known as the English Channel, is a village that seems stuck in the 18th century: Sandwich.
Nestled next to it is Royal St. George’s, site of the first British Open played outside of Scotland. That was in 1894. This week Royal St. George’s hosts its 15th Open.
It is a quirky course, as many links courses are, that seems more designed by Mother Nature than man. It’s as unpredictable as the list of golfer who’ve won the Claret Jug there . . . from the great Greg Norman in ’93 . . . to Darren Clarke (’11), an outstanding golfer who won his only major after it seemed his best days were behind him . . . to Ben Curtis (’03), perhaps the most shocking major champion ever.
Spain’s Jon Rahm is favored this week, but keep an eye on someone you’ve never heard of walking off with the Jug.