I am in my car driving down the A2 towards Sandwich with the excitement building – Ian Fleming used the name Royal St Mark’s in Goldfinger, and maybe that was to put people off trying to find this Kent jewel and host to the first Open Championship outside of Scotland. Can you guess where I am heading to yet? If you have you can appreciate my obvious excitement.
Yes today I tee it up at Royal St George’s Golf Club, host to fourteen Open Championships and one of the toughest courses you are ever likely to play. Jack Nicklaus shot an 83 here in the 1981 Open Championship and Tiger Woods lost a ball on the first hole in 2003. This is a course that has no respect for reputations and I am not sure you will find a flat lie anywhere on the course and that includes the greens!