Any other week, the flagsticks at Royal St. George's would be adorned with the red-and-white English banner.
This is the hub of English golf, a course that's hosted more British Opens that any other outside of Scotland. And the home team is sure poised to shine in the latest version of golf's oldest major championship.
Luke Donald is No. 1 in the world rankings. Lee Westwood is right on his heels at No. 2. Paul Casey and Ian Poulter are both in the top 20. Four other Englishmen from the top 100 qualified for the Open.
Westwood certainly realizes how significant it would be for an Englishman to hoist the claret jug at this place. As he says, "It's named after St. George, so you can't get much more English than that."