Sobel’s 2019 British Open Preview: Who Are the 10 Best Links Golfers in the World?
Orlando Ramirez, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Tommy Fleetwood
- The 2019 Open Championship begins on Thursday, July 18 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
- The British Open is played on a links-style golf course, which is different from most other courses played on tour.
- Which players play best on links courses? Jason Sobel shares his thoughts:
There exist two inherent problems with attempting to identify the world’s best links golfers.
The first: Other than bare-bone results, there are very few analytics which can offer insight into strokes gained on a certain style of golf course. (I will, though, incorporate some of them below.) The second: The game’s most elite players might compete on just a single traditional links track annually, often relegating this data to Open Championship performance and not much else.