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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — As Tiger Woods made his way slowly down the 11th fairway Thursday while the late-afternoon sky began slowly curling around Royal Portrush, an elderly fan shouted in exhortation at the 15-time major champion. “Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, you are the greatest,” he bellowed. “Tiger Woods, you are the greatest in the
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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — In professional golf, focusing on your swing and focusing on your score are two vastly different propositions. At times, even, they can be mutually exclusive. Welcome to Jordan Spieth’s world, at least of late. “You’re constantly thinking a little more than you want to,” Spieth said after missing the cut in
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Not all last-minute invites are created equal, in fact, sometimes they are preferable. Just ask Andrew “Beef” Johnston, who earned one of the more coveted last-minute invites in all of professional golf on Sunday. Johnston, who began the day 10 shots off the lead of Bernd Wiesberger, carded a final-round 62 at the Aberdeen Standard
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This month, what America—and many other places, too—routinely refers to as the “British” Open is not being played in Britain at all, Great or otherwise. Take my word for that. But where then, is it being played? In Northern Ireland, at Royal Portrush in County Antrim, for only the second time in the championship’s 159-year
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Ever since Harvey Penick wrote a slim volume of instruction with a red cover that became the best-selling golf book of all time, golf authors have been churning out 5-by-7 handbooks of wit and wisdom. The latest is a delightful romp through the game’s history called Golf’s Life Lessons by Richard Allen, former captain of
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Graeme McDowell made no secret of the fact that his primary mission in 2019 was to qualify for the Open Championship in his hometown of Portrush, Northern Ireland, where Royal Portrush next week hosts golf’s oldest tournament for the first time since 1951. He realized that goal last month at the RBC Canadian Open, where
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Matt Kuchar has enjoyed a revival inside the ropes this season. The 41-year-old has won twice—with his triumph in Mayakoba his first tour victory since 2014—and posted eight top 10s in 17 starts. He is first in the FedEx Cup standings with a month to go before the playoffs and has essentially locked up a
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One of the world’s best links courses returns to the Open rota, with Royal Portrush hosting golf’s oldest major championship for the first time since 1951. Portrush, ranked No. 7 in Golf Digest’s latest World 100 ranking, has a great lineage—its original design was done by Old Tom Morris, then it was reworked by H.S.
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Matthew Wolff enjoyed a standout collegiate and amateur career, but when he turned professional at last month’s Travelers Championship, he was perhaps known more for his funky swing than for his playing prowess. That changed abruptly at the 3M Open in Minnesota, where the 20-year-old shot 62-65 on the weekend, culminated by a 26-foot eagle
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