Though Carnoustie Golf Links welcomes the British Open for just the eighth time, it carries the reputation as one of the Open’s most demanding venues.
Even as Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Tom Watson grace the list of Carnoustie champions, the layout is equally known for Jean Van de Velde’s 1999 finishing follies and Padraig Harrington’s double bogey that nearly cost him the 2007 title.
“When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest course in Britain,” Michael Bonallack, the former secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, once said. “And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest.”
As the first golfer to win consecutive United States Open championships since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989, the Florida native could become just the fifth since World War II to win the U.S. and British Opens in the same year.
Koepka’s victory at Shinnecock Hills continued a run in which he’s finished lower than 13th just once in his past 10 major starts. That includes a share of sixth at last year’s British Open at Royal Birkdale, plus a tie for 10th at St. Andrews in 2015. He also was fifth at the 2015 P.G.A….