SOUTHPORT, England — Defending British Open champion Henrik Stenson doesn’t precisely sound bullish on his chances of defending his identify and preserving the Claret Jug for an additional yr.
He has overlooked the cut in both majors this season and conceded he has had hassle coping with the extra calls for on his time that include being an immense champion. He, too, wasn’t pleased with the best way he played at the Scottish Open ultimate week.
“It’s at all times that fight, and i don’t feel i’ve sufficient sport to play the way i would like to, and as quickly as you move into apply mode you’re dropping the chance to play your easiest,” Stenson mentioned. “The lengthy recreation hasn’t been in good condition for a protracted time and also you can’t in reality work when you’re seeking to perform.’’
Requested about his probabilities to copy, he stated, “i think we’re hoping for so much, in terms of what we noticed at the Scottish Open. We for sure wish to step that up rather so much if we need to have anything to do with it at the British. There’s always an opportunity and that i’m going to enjoy the week.
“You never realize, it could be the one time we’re protecting champion at the Open Championship, so I Might as well experience it. Now Not feeling that you’re enjoying any place close to 100%, you can’t actually placed that power on yourself that you just’re going to be up there and contend. Maybe we will turn issues around a bit bit, however I’m looking forward to the week regardless.’’
The remaining participant to shield his British Open identify used to be Padraig Harrington, who gained in 2007 at Carnoustie and in 2008, the remaining time it was once performed at Royal Birkdale.
“I Really do have just right recollections from 2008,’’ Harrington stated Monday. “It was an actual big win for me on the time. Obviously I had received at Carnoustie, and Carnoustie was very exciting, however roughly messed up the 72nd hole in Carnoustie. So it left slightly one thing wanting.
“It was once great to come again right here. I performed nice. Clearly this week, it’s attention-grabbing this week, I’ve are available in a greater form. So I’m playing decent golf and contending, seeking to contend. I enjoy the week because i am not rather protecting, but coming back here again and making probably the most of it as a result of those just right feelings don’t come round that often.
“So i’ve a couple of issues to do this week and take a look at and manage my method round in order that I’m minimum stress, minimal amount of work, so that I’m recent for the SEVENTY TWO holes of golf.’’PONTE VEDRA SEASHORE, Fla. — First, Rory McIlroy screamed at the… Sergio Garcia, the reigning Masters champion, used to be posed a difficult question Monday: Which Might he moderately have — the golf green Jacket he gained on the Masters or a Claret Jug.
“It’s tricky to say,’’ Garcia stated. “i feel they’re each wonderful. on the second the fairway Jacket method extra, because i have it, but everyone knows how a lot i like the Open Championship. And I would like to no less than have one of them prior to I kind of hold up the boots.
“So surely it’s one thing that I Might like to succeed in. And we’re going to offer it a shot this week. However that’s like pronouncing, who do you like extra, your dad or your mom? So it’s a troublesome question to respond to.’’
Requested, together with his coming near near marriage ceremony to Angele Atkins arising, if his focus has wavered, Garcia stated, “No, it’s on the Open. Don’t worry. It’s going to be where it has to be this week.
“Angela has been doing a perfect process of getting the whole lot ready for the wedding. Clearly we’re truly excited for next week. However now we have something that we’re additionally extremely fascinated by this week, and we want to be right here giving everything now we have and expectantly, like I said earlier than, with a chance on Sunday, it will be great.’’