This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The PGA Tour stays put in the U.S.A. this week, but its best head across the pond to tee it up at the Open Championship. While the storylines heading into the previous three majors were plentiful, there doesn't seem to be quite as much hype entering the final major of the year. The amount of hype has no bearing on the outcome, however, which means we're just as likely to see something special this week as we were during the previous three majors.
The Open Championship has somewhat of a course rotation, but the course chosen this year, Royal Portrush, has not been used since 1951, so Tom Lehman is the only one in the field this week with previous Open experience on this course. Seriously, we have no course history in play this week, but as is often the case during this event, we'll fall back on how these guys have played at other Open venues as all share certain characteristics. Using event history this week also gives us some insight as to which players can handle this type of course, under the pressure of a major.
This Week: The Open Championship – Royal Portrush, Portrush, Northern Ireland
Rory McIlroy (8-1)
Deserved or not, McIlroy is generally among the favorites because the public will put