A couple of recommended books on the British Open. Bothare in my personal library:
Curt Sampson is one of my favorite golf writers, and although Royal and Ancient: Blood, Sweat, and Fear at the British Open isn’t his best effort, it still offers many interesting insights into the game. It’s especially interesting this year, as it focuses on the 1999 Open at Carnoustie—also the site of the 2007 event.
The best part of the book is at the end, when he takes the reader through the notorious collapse of Jean Van De Velde.
Duel in the Sun: Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in the Battle of Turnberry by Michael Corcoran offers a look at the Open Championship through the lens of the 1977 duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson at Turnberry.