- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hunkering down at Royal Birkdale

Part of the appeal to the British Open is the cooling relief it usually provides the viewers from the sweltering heat of summer in America. But this year’s event across the pond is a little ridiculous, don’t you think?

Player quotes from 2008’s third major include, “If this is the summer, I couldn’t live here” and “If I lived in England, I wouldn’t play golf for a living.” The cold and rainy conditions this week at Royal Birkdale in England are extraordinarily miserable - so much so they evoke flashbacks to January golf in Washington, D.C. Which brings up a thought: If these guys can survive in such uncomfortable conditions when they aren’t used to them, why not create a “winter” major for them when they are?

Forget about a fifth major at The Players Championship at the TPC at Sawgrass in Florida in May, how about a fifth major in January when the golf world really needs relief the most - not just from the cold, but from the boredom of the winter? If it gets a wee bit cold in Florida then, so what. The British Open in July will have prepared them quite well enough for it, thank you.

- The GolfStyles editors, who moderate the GolfStyles community at www.washingtontimes.com.

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