Marc Leishman Will Match Drives with Rory McIllroy at The Open

The Open starts in a couple of days. Even if we want to mention the name of the tournament in the middle of a sentence, we are supposed to call it The Open. End of sentence also, apparently.

Open what?

We are talking about golf and in this case, The Open refers to the British Open.

See how easy that was?

No one will be confused and think when we say The Open; we are talking about the beginning of the trading day on the ASX, or the first day of a new Woolworths.

Rant abandoned for now, Australian golfer Marc Leishman will play alongside Rory McIllroy for the first two rounds of the British Open.

Leishman finished runner-up in the British Open in 2015 and is accustomed to playing alongside the marquee players. He was paired with Tiger Woods when the American golfer made his return to major championship golf in April at the Masters. Pardon us, the U.S. Masters.

Do the players have any say in the pairings?

We ourselves would like Leishman, but better still, Matt Jones, as Jones is willing to walk up and hit the bloody ball, unlike, say, a Bryson DeChambeau, who has been known to stand over a kick-in putt for the better part of a day.

Actually for the first two days, the pairings are an attempt to encourage spectators, both on course and via television.

In the case of The Open, the “pairings” for the first two days are threesomes, so Leishman will be paired with two. The third player in the group will be Thorbjorn Olesen.

Olesen is Danish, but lives in London. This will be his sixth appearance at the British Open.

The aforementioned Bryson DeChambeau has in his group 2018 U.S. Masters winner Sergio Garcia.

We can just picture the steam coming out of Garcia’s ears when he has to stand greenside and watch the American consult his greens book for a couple of minutes before holing a tap in for triple bogey.

Garcia could be well into his second round before DeChambeau completes his first nine.

Jason Day, meanwhile, is in a threesome with Shota Akiyoshi of Japan and Haotong Li of China, who is just 22, but finished third at The Open last year.