18 Jul 2013

Rock hard Muirfield favours big names

8:31 am on 18 July 2013

The former world golf number one Luke Donald is predicting a great British Open championship this week on a rock-hard Muirfield layout that will favour the more experienced golfers.

The 35-year-old Englishman, still without a major title, is drawing inspiration from the breakthrough wins by Adam Scott at this years U.S. Masters, and Justin Rose at last month's U.S. Open.

Donald says the firmness of the testing Muirfield links will demand that much more imagination and control than usual, conditions which will seriously test the less experienced players.

Tiger Woods tees off in tonight's opening round as favourite to win his 15th major title, but his odds are in double figures for the first time in 13 years.

Defending champion Ernie Els is 25-1 to retain the title at a course where he lifted the Claret Jug 11 years ago.