With the Open Championship on our minds, Golf Connections host Mitch Laurance goes international, to chat with one of the UK’s most familiar presenters (hosts!) in the world of sports, Cara Robinson. A familiar face on Golfing World TV on Sky Sports and, this week, a perfect connection to Royal Liverpool and The Open, as part of the almost non-stop coverage available online through IMG’s @TheOpenLive. Mitch begins this edition of “Open Championship Month” with a quick discussion of the past week’s big stories on Tour. He begins with two ‘Hollywood endings’: Mo Martin’s spectacular win at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on the LPGA Tour, and Brian Harmon’s victory at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour, both first-time victories on their respective Tours. Mo’s win at Royal Birkdale was a true classic, as her brilliant eagle on the 18th hole gave her the title, and Brian Harmon’s win gave him the last spot at the Open Championship. Mitch discusses Justin Rose’s world-class performance at the AAM Scottish Open, and Colin Montgomerie’s epic win in a playoff over Gene Sauers at the US Senior Open in Oklahoma. Mitch then introduces Cara Robinson to listeners, citing her great work on Sky Sports and other online platforms and gives listeners the perfect way to connect with Cara at @CaraRobbo and her upcoming Open Championship work at Hoylake,at @GolfingWorldTV.
Mitch begins the conversation with Cara by asking her about her feelings as a fellow Brit on Justin Rose’s win at the Scottish Open and Cara details why she believes Justin’s win was so big on the world stage. He asks her about Colin Montgomerie’s victory at the US Senior Open, as Cara has interviewed Colin on numerous occasions, and she gives us an inside look at that relationship as well. In both instances, Cara shows us why she is considered a truly knowledgeable presenter on the world golf stage.
Mitch asks Cara about her own journey to the point she occupies in the sport now. Cara talks about how she grew up around the sport, as her family was totally involved in the game, though she didn’t really play that much. She talks about the influence of her family and her understanding of the game now she’s a broadcaster. Mitch asks about her role as a presenter, and Cara acknowledges that she always knew she’d be a presenter, getting a degree and working in production, as well as incorporating her love of family in her style of presenting. Cara lets us all in on why she is so passionate about the life she has, and the true nature of her singular style is apparent (Cara’s discussion of her features with Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood is fascinating).
Mitch then moves to The Open and asks Cara about her work for the week. She details her duties for @TheOpenLive, which begins Wed. of Open week, and continues every day, from the studio and the golf course, and Cara shows us what a truly unique week it will be, and what a great chance it is for viewers to learn about the R&A behind the scenes. Cara details the upcoming interview she’ll have with John Daly and others, and explains the features she’ll be working on.
Mitch closes the interview by asking Cara who she picks to lift the Claret Jug, and she responds by saying how much she’d love for Lee Westwood to win his first major. She then talks about Phil Mickelson and the pressure on him, the questions about Tiger being back at Royal Liverpool, and Rory McIlroy’s chances this year coming into Hoylake. Obviously very interesting week coming up at The Open, and Cara’s expectations and excitement is palpable. (Mitch picks Ricky Fowler to win and explains why. Great listen.).
Mitch closes the interview by thanking Cara and wishing her well at The Open, and tells listeners that the final ‘Open Championship Month’ show will feature one of The Open’s greatest Champions, 5x winner Peter Thomson, who joins Mitch from Australia on TheGolfDirector.com.
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