July 15th, 2011
12:28 PM ET

Ugly and unforgiving: Why Britain offers golf's toughest test ...

The Claret Jug is the prize for the golfer who conquers the often treacherous British Open with least shots.
The Claret Jug is the prize for the golfer who conquers the often treacherous British Open with least shots.

Watching the world’s best golfers grapple with Royal St. George’s this week underlines the romantic notion that only historic links provide a true test of a top player’s skills. You can keep the manicured perfection of a modern championship course like Augusta - the rugged brutality of the British Open is golf’s most pure, and often punishing, experience.

The U.S. Open is loved the planet over, while The Masters will try the patience of even the most talented of competitors (just ask Rory McIlroy) but neither Pebble Beach nor Augusta National can match the wild vagaries thrown up by the courses on the British Open rota – Muirfield, Carnoustie, St. Andrews, and the rest. FULL POST

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