One of the great mysteries of links golf—aside from why there isn’t more of it in golf’s competitive landscape—is the inherent inscrutability of the wind. Golf on linksland has many distinct challenges from firm conditions that emphasize ball control over power, to bunkers that have nicknames like “Coffin” and “Hell” for what amounts to almost
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It’s not a huge surprise that at the final major of the year, the outfit scripting is very navy. With traditionally dreary weather conditions, Open Championship competitors will match their outfits with the dark skies. And with layering an integral part of planning for any golf played in the United Kingdom, darker shades can be
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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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Since signing with Bonobos earlier this year, Justin Rose’s shirts have become a can’t miss at any tournament. From pineapple patterns to floral arrangements, the 38-year-old’s tournament apparel scripting is like a how-to guide for dressing stylishly on the golf course. His looks for the Open Championship range from edgy to whimsical—driven by the versatile
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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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