It is, without a doubt, my favourite golf tournament of the year.
With apologies to Augusta National, which hosts The Masters each April, the Open Championship – aka the British Open – is number one in my heart.
Aside from being golf’s oldest major, the Open Championship delivers on a number of fronts.
From the pomp and pageantry, to the unique layout of each course and those pesky pot bunkers, and the unforgiving weather conditions, the Open has it all.
And this year’s tournament at Royal Liverpool, which tees off Thursday morning, has some fascinating storylines.
49 of the top 50 players in the world golf rankings will be there, including world #1 Adam Scott.
Tiger Woods will play in his first major since undergoing back surgery and Phil Mickelson looks to repeat as the Open champion.
Will we see an Englishman win the title for the first time since Nick Faldo in 1992?
How will Canadians Graham DeLaet and David Hearn perform?
Come Sunday, after the weather, the course and the pressure of a major has taken its toll on the field, we’ll have our champion… and more often than not… it is a deserving winner.