GOLF DI­ARY

What’s hap­pen­ing where

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Noth­ing stirs the blood more among golf afi­ciona­dos than an Open Cham­pi­onship played on the Old Course at St An­drews in Fife, Scot­land — the ‘Home of Golf’.

That’s what is com­ing up in July when the in-form Rory McIl­roy will set out to re­tain the ti­tle he won at the Royal Liver­pool course at Hoy­lake last year (in the process win­ning his fa­ther a for­tune, dad hav­ing wa­gered £200 on young Rory at 50 to 1 to claim the ti­tle al­most a decade ear­lier).

McIl­roy will be at cramped odds to re­peat the feat, af­ter de­mol­ish­ing the world’s best golfers in the Cadil­lac Match­play Cham­pi­onship in San Fran­cisco, then win­ning the Wells Fargo Cham­pi­onship in Char­lotte by seven strokes.

He’s proven on links cour­ses, he’s con­sis­tently driv­ing the ball al­most 300 me­tres off the tee and his con­fi­dence lev­els must be at an all-time high.

St An­drews is a course where the cream in­vari­ably rises to the sur­face. If you doubt that, just look at the iconic names that fea­ture among the post-war win­ners of the Claret Jug on this course: 2010 Louis Oosthuizen, 2005 Tiger Woods, 2000 Tiger Woods, 1995 John Daly, 1990 Nick Faldo, 1984 Seve Balles­teros, 1978 Jack Nick­laus, 1970 Jack Nick­laus, 1964 Tony Lema, 1960 Kel Na­gle, 1957 Bobby Locke, 1955 Peter Thom­son, 1946 Sam Snead.

Scot­land’s sum­mer cli­mate can be fickle. The sun should be shin­ing on St An­drews in mid-July, but if the winds get up, hold your hat and watch the scores im­plode.

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