Arguably one of the best English Golfers ever to grace this game, Tony Jacklin, feels "history will repeat itself" and the Americans will dominate the game of golf once more.
The former Champion Golfer of the Year won the Claret Jug in 1969, but his win was followed by our Trans-Atlantic cousins dominating the competition by winning 12 of the next 14 British Opens. The Englishman believes it could happen again.
This follows a week where two Americans won on both sides of the pond. Last week, Jordan Spieth won at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour, whilst fellow countryman Rickie Fowler won the Scottish Open.
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The former Ryder Cup player and captain is reported saying:
"It is a continually changing scene and right now America has been making tremendous strides in terms of developing new talent and there are a couple in their early twenties there who haven't made their mark." according The Express.
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Jacklin on the Americans
"Spieth is a phenomenon. I can't see beyond him this week and I reckon he will get the Grand Slam. I would be fibbing if I did not say that the likes of Fowler winning the Scottish Open last week affirms he loves links golf.
"Mickelson is not done yet - he is only in his 40s. But the great thing about the Americans - they are all so damned young. The young lads led by Spieth and the other lad who was in the Ryder Cup, Patrick Reed, are looking strong."
However, regardless of the talent that is being produced by the 'stars and stripes', it still doesn't mean they are guaranteed the Ryder Cup. Golf is predominately an individual sport and despite the Americans Collegiate Teams across the country, they haven't been able to bring the team together inseven of the past nine Ryder Cups.
Is Jacklin just being pessimistic?
In short, no he isn't. Everyone in Europe, especially the home nations, have been focussed on the triumphs of a young Rory McIlroy, flying the European flag. Not to mention that (before this year) 13 of the 20 majors since 2010, have been won from players originating from outside of The States.
Compare this to the five years prior and you'll find 11 majors won by Americans and 15 out of 20, the five years prior to that. It all seemed like the Rest of the World, Europe in particular was in control, but we have been fooled.
Looking at the Official World Golf Rankings prior to this weeks Open Championship, the Americans make up five of the top six spots. Only McIlroy, Rose, Stenson and Garcia represent the European front in the top ten. The final space is the Australian, Jason Day.
It seems Tony Jacklin is saying the news that we are all afraid to hear as Europeans and with Spieth setting the World alight with his exquisite golf game, it doesn't look to improve our situation.
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