The Claret Jug Office Pool

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The Claret Jug Office Pool
(Photo by Andy

Its British Open week, better known as The Open week. So once again it's time for our annual office pool.

Here's how it works. Select 5 golfers, the best total score of your best 4 (FOUR) golfers wins.

In other words pick 5 guys, at least four have to make the cut and the team with the best score of their top four guys wins.

This year’s Open will be held at Turnberry in Scotland. Turnberry has hosted three previous British Opens in 1977, 1986 and 1994.

With the last Open being held there in 1994, means Tiger Woods has never played a major golf tournament round on this historic golf course.

Tiger has spent this week in Scotland “scouting” the course and something tells me he will be ready to go come tee time on Thursday.

So what kind of challenges will Tiger and the others be facing at Turnberry? I recommend keeping your eyes on these four holes.

First, the 489 yard, par four, 3rd hole. This hole plays into the prevailing wind, hence the name of the hole: Blaw Wearie, which means "out of breath."

The hole has been lengthened by 27 yards since 1994, making it the longest par 4 on the course. Two bunkers guard the green on the right.

Second, keep a watch on the par four, 474 yard, 5th hole. This right-to-left hole will play 33 yards longer than it did in 1994.

Eight bunkers add to the difficulty of this hole as do the difficult to read contours of the green.

On the back nine, keep a lookout on number 14. This 448 yard, par four is extremely difficult with two new bunkers on the right between 300 and 320 yards.

A golfer’s first two shots to reach the green must be daring and good. A prevailing wind makes it even tougher.

Finally, there is the tricky par three 15th hole. The 206 yard green is protected by three bunkers along the left side and a steep slope to the right, so any errant shot will be punished.

Do not be surprised to see bogeys and double-bogeys fill up the player’s scorecards at number 15.

That said, here are my five selections in our office pool to see who will take home The Claret Jug.

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