An Open that will make its mark beyond the game and the course

by Theguardian

Golf

After a 68-year wait Royal Portrush has the potential to prove one of the major’s more exciting backdrops

Counterintuitive though it may seem the Open Championship, in its 148th staging and with a history stretching back to 1860 in Prestwick, has entered uncharted territory. Never before has this tournament been so defined by its venue. Significance of location far outweighs the most illustrious participants. After a wait of 68 years, a stretch marked for so long by grim societal realities, Royal Portrush is the Open’s terrain once more.

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