With the European Open 2019 in full swing, golf courses and driving ranges across the country will undoubtedly be enjoying a surge ahead of the winter months.
Paul Casey led the way after the first day in Hamburg as per BBC Sport, and it’s fair to say that there weren’t ideal conditions for golf over in Germany to start the tournament with wet and windy conditions making it a rather testing course.
Regardless of the conditions though, even on some of the more crazy golf courses, players can find their touch in certain places around the world and it seems as though Casey is not going to be put off by the weather this week.
This is the first time that the Englishman has found himself in this position since the 2006 Dunhill Links, and having enjoyed a decent run at the Tour Championship in Atlanta a fortnight ago, he has now become one of the favourites to win the title in Germany.
Time will tell whether or not he can showcase the consistency needed to do that, but he has shown that he can handle the conditions better than most thus far and he’ll be hoping that gives him a crucial advantage heading into the final rounds.
It’s not just the weather that can provide golfers with a major challenge either, CNN recently awarded the The Ocean Course in South Carolina, USA as the toughest course in the world.
With huge bunkers, marshes and other obstacles in the way of a great round of golf, it surely isn’t top of many lists of favourite courses to play on and will undoubtedly test even the best in the world on their good days.
Carnoustie Golf Links, Ko’olau Golf Club, Whistling Straits and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club completed the top five in that particular list, with altitude issues and and difficulty ratings through the roof on some of them.
In turn, some of the courses that the world’s finest players are expected to navigate through are crazy to say the least, and they have to prepare themselves for a testing four days around the world if they wish to grab the big prizes and rankings.
With that in mind though, it probably makes the wind and rain in Hamburg a walk in the part for Casey and the rest of the field, as if you have to compare it to some of the other courses noted above, it may be a welcome challenge.