Why the British will be the best major of 2015


Editor's note: The majors are always the most highly anticipated tournaments of the year. But which one will be the best? We asked our writers to present the cases for the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.

American golf fans might not feel all warm and fuzzy now, just a few months removed from the debacle at Gleneagles, but come summertime the focus will once again be on Tom Watson – and this time, in a positive light.

The 2015 Open will be Watson’s swan song. It’s an event that he won five times and came agonizingly close to a sixth. That he is saying goodbye at St. Andrews, the most historic venue on the Open rota, is only fitting for a man whose legend was forged on Scottish links.

Watson may well bow out on Friday – he’s finished outside the top 50 the last three years – which would clear the way for the younger crowd to steal the show on the weekend.

Having spent the early part of his career in a love-hate relationship with links golf, Rory McIlroy has finally come to embrace the unique challenges of the year’s third major, and he’ll be a heavy favorite to once again hoist the claret jug.

The Open also represents Tiger Woods’ best chance to win a major in 2015, with the Old Course’s emphasis on strategy and lag putting, and if all goes well during the season (health, swing, etc.) he seems likely to be a prime contender.  

Besides, St. Andrews comes into our lives once every five years. Rarely does it disappoint.