Major week

This week is actually pretty special. Two majors are on at the same time! In the US the ‘across the pond Open’ is obviously something to look forward to, starting on Thursday. Lee Westwood probably could not have asked for a better way to prepare than winning the St Jude Classic in a play-off on Sunday. I have a feeling he will now go into the US Open with a stronger than ever belief in himself. One major that Lee never won though is the one that started in North Berwick and Murifield yesterday – The Amateur Championship. Lee had a solid amateur career, winning the British Youth Championships, The McEvoy Trophy and the Golf Foundation Age Group Championships, twice at the age of 15 and 16, but in fairness he probably turned professional before he really had a chance to compete for that very prestigious Amateur Trophy.

The first recognised Amateur Championship was played for the first time at Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake in 1885. It was part of the early Grand Slam of golf with the four majors being the Opens and the Amateur Championships on either side of the Atlantic. Things have obviously moved on since then but the Amateur Championship remains a fantastic event and whoever wins it is very likely to be a player with a bright future ahead of him in the game of golf.

The first stroke play round was played yesterday and before the end of today it is really difficult to guess what 64 players will make it into the match play stages. It seems scoring at North Berwick and Muirfield vary greatly between the two and as always with any event on these great old links, the weather will play a big part. Follow the action by clicking here.

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