Back to Birkdale!
What you need to know about this year’s venue
Royal Birkdale gets its 10th Open Championship July 20-23, nine years after 500-to-1 shot Greg Norman, then 53, held a one-stroke lead with nine to play before a 77 opened the way for Padraig Harrington’s second of three major championships. Harrington’s final-round 69 was one of only 21 rounds in the 60s all week, versus 39 rounds in the 80s, including an 89 by John Daly. A decade earlier, Daly needed a bogey at the par-4 18th to make the cut in the ’98 Open but took five swings to escape a fairway bunker and made a 10. Beware, everybody.