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the par- 4 eighth hole fea­tures royal birk­dale’s sig­na­ture dunes with the art deco club­house in the back­ground.

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All you need to know about The Open 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.

Bri­ton # 169 we’d like to see win the Open Cham­pi­onship.

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