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The Open Championship Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Golf Tournament Talk' started by TEA Time, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. TEA Time

    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    Discuss The [British] Open here
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Wanted to pick Daly in the Challenge. Now I'm stuck with players who have to walk the course. :mad:

    :D:D
     
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  3. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    It's getting a bit exciting here. Lots of anticipation for the crowds that will be coming, the buzz around the town. Rumors rife that certain players will be staying in certain houses, (Tiger MIGHT be staying ~1/4 mile from me!). There is lots of chat about the course, weather, etc. I can't wait. Two of my sons will be working, one a marshall on the 1st hole and the other is working as a "host" in a marquee. My wife and I are going on the Thursday along with my youngest and one of his friends. To be honest, one day will probably be enough. As I get older I hate queueing, crowds etc. So I will watch on the TV along with everyone else.

    So some chat:
    • Portrush Golf Club is exactly 4.2 miles from my house!
    • 190,000 golf fans will descend on Portrush next week. It's probably that again with people working, officials, local authorities (police, transport, ambulance etc.). It was sold out within a few days of going on sale last year, a record. It's the first time it has been in Northern Ireland since 1951.
    • So far the course has been getting lots of praise. We have had plenty of rain over the past few weeks, so it is very green and very lush. Expect the rough to be nasty. And the greens to be receptive.
    • The 18th used to be the 16th. It is a tough dog-leg with bunkers and out of bounds to catch out a poor drive. The signature hole is known as Calamity Coner, a 235 yard par 3 that is at the mercy of the wind. Players will hit anything from a 7 iron to a driver!
    • The weather forecast looks changeable, expect a bit of wind and rain, as well as sun (welcome to Ireland). I hope there is a bit of wind, to show you guys what I face week-in / week-out.
    I will be your roving reporter over the coming week. Photos to follow.
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    Nobody says "rife" or "queueing " anymore! I love your proper English. Thanks IG. Looking forward to the play-by-play.
     
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  5. TEA Time

    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    I always over-analyze the challenge and check stats and blah blah blah, this time I'm throwing darts at a board for my picks. This should end well...
     
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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    I put all the player's names (in alphabetical order) into a spreadsheet and ran a randomizer formula for the numbers that correspond to their row numbers. The results were pretty hilarious.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    One of my favorite tourneys to watch each year. This year, driving 10 hours on Friday. In Minnesota with relatives Saturday and Sunday and, probably, no television. Bummer.....
     
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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    You're doing it wrong.
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    I hope it rains sideways at least one day. I like to see the American players have to man up to real links golf.
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    I usually look at past performance in majors etc. too, this time I went off the cuff with the required pick, a local, an almost guaranteed top tenner, and Ricky because he has to win one eventually, right?
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    I just saw your picks. You are either incredibly smart or incredibly stupid...do we have an award for finishing dead last?
     
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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    So cool!
     
  14. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    My two sons were over in Portrush yesterday at the first official day of practice. My 10-year-old was autograph hunting and managed to get Brooks and DJ, as well as a bunch of others. Apparently, Tiger only gave x5 signatures!! A beautiful day of sunshine and no wind. My 17-year-old was marshaling, he had some fun with some of the players and got a few signed golf balls.

    The forecast for the week goes downhill a bit, with showers forecast for competitive play. Hopefully, a bit of wind and rain will sort out the men from the boys. I'm going Thursday and thanks to a late call from UPS, I might have a hospitality ticket for Friday. Photos and lots more gossip to follow!!

    I can't believe it is finally happening!!
     
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    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    You do of course mean The Open. :)
     
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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    :D

    Old habits...
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Never heard of it. Is it a new tournament?
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    I've read many a story on The Open this year from Rory to Royal Portrush. Can't wait.

    Also...Mark, I'll be visiting in the next few years. Book it.
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    The Open's Twitter feed has been very good over the last week.
     
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    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    Ok, so the latest gossip, coming to you from the North Coast. It's all gone a bit mad in terms of Open frenzy. Even the practice days have been sold out. Outside St. Andrews, it's a record crowd (~248K) for the week. My sons have been there most days, the young kid now has just about everyone's autograph. The middle guy is enjoying marshaling. My oldest guy is working in hospitality.

    The weather up to yesterday was perfect, light breeze, sunshine. But today kicked off with heavy rain and a strengthening wind. It will give the competitors an idea of what is to come over the next few days, as the forecast is quite mixed. Personally, I'm delighted as it will give you all some idea of what I play in most of the year-round. I'd love to see a 20mph+ breeze for a day anyway.

    The players all seem quite relaxed, that will change tomorrow as they get their "game faces" on. But most are highly complimentary of the course and the crowds. I think this will become a popular Open venue.

    We will be going tomorrow for the day, I can't wait. We will have x2 10-year-olds with us, I'm not sure how long their enthusiasm will last. And we will be prepared for some rain showers. I've also got a ticket for Friday, so I should see my fill of live-action.

    I've no idea what sort of scores the guys will shoot. The course is soft and lush and not horrendously long, so straight hitting is a premium. The greens will not be lightning, so perhaps the field will be widened. It is certainly not a bombers course.

    Big Dazza Clarke will hit the opening tee shot tomorrow at 6.35am, a fitting moment for someone who played a big role in getting the Open to Northern Ireland. Hopefully, it will kick off a great Open.

    BRING IT ON!
    (photos to follow)
     

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