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Top 10 Moments of the Open Championship - #7 is my favorite!

Top 10 Moments of the Open Championship – #7 is my favorite!

Top 10 Moments of the Open Championship – #7 is my favorite!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The Open Championship is full of excitement and memories of the great Bobby Jones winning here in 1930 as an amateur.  

All the greats played here from Old Tom Morris, Young Tom Morris, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods.  The list goes on, but the trip to St. Andrews is one that will never be forgotten.

We count down the most memorable Open Championship moments witnessed at the Home of Golf.

Source: The Open

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Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

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Paul Dunne is an Irish amateur who has done the unthinkable!  

Holding the 54 hole lead in the 144th British Open Championship.  Due to heavy rain, the tournament will have a Monday finish, so if you are reading this at the publishing time of 8 am Eastern Time, please turn on your TV and watch.  This is going to be exciting!  Other contenders are Jason Day (looking to finally breakthrough at a Major) Louis Oosthuizen,(looking to repeat at St. Andrews) Jordan Spieth, (looking for his 3rd Major in a row) Padraig Harrington, (looking for his 3rd Claret Jug), Marc Leishman and Jordan Niebrugge (another amateur looking to make history.)  Hold on tight!  Thanks to the European Tour for the great background info on Paul Dunne.

Here are 10 Things to Know about Open Leader Paul Dunne!

Paul Dunne plays an approach on the 4th hole (Getty Images)

Born: November 26, 1992
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Age: 22
Height: 5’ 8.”
Weight: 160lb
Home: Greystone, Ireland
College: University of Alabama

10 things to know about Paul Dunne

1. Qualified for The Open as the winner of the Final Qualifying at Woburn.

With rounds of 70-65, ahead of the likes of Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie. It was the second successive year he has won the Final Qualifier at Woburn.

2. In his one previous Open at Royal Liverpool.

He missed the cut after rounds of 75-73 – 148 (+4)

3. Started playing golf at the age of 10.

And then “properly” since he was 12. Son of Colum and Michelle Dunne has an older brother, David, and a sister, Alison. His brother is a performance nutritionist with Harlequins Rugby, Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club, and British Canoe.

4. Graduated from University of Alabama in Business Finance in April.

Graeme McDowell is a fellow University of Alabama alumni and played a practice round with him on Tuesday.

“He hit the ball very well. He’s long, and he’s strong, and he looks like he’s got a very complete game,” McDowell said. “It’s a big day for him out there. I hope he goes and has a great day and kicks on.” – He sure has.

5. His caddie at The Open is UAB golf coach Alan Murray, a fellow Irishman.

Murray was Golf Week’s coach of the year in 2014 after leading UAB to the NCAA Tournament.

Read the other 5 things to know about Paul Dunn here.

Source: European Tour

Pictures: European Tour

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Tom Watson isn't the only one saying farewell at St Andrew's!

Tom Watson isn’t the only one saying farewell at St Andrew’s!

Tom Watson isn’t the only one saying farewell at St Andrew’s!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

We have all grown accustomed to listening to the silky melodious voice of Ivor Robson as he announces players on the first tee of a European Tour tournament.  

Well, all good things must come to an end. There will be extra media coverage on the great Tom Watson as he plays his final Open Championship at St. Andrews. Still, there will also be a focus on Ivor Robson as he makes his final announcement of the leaders heading out to do battle!

Thanks so much to the Golf Channel for bringing us this great story, and thanks, Ivor, for just being yourself!

Tom Watson isn't the only one saying farewell at St Andrew's!

This will be the iconic Ivor Robson’s final Open Championship as the official starter. We will all miss that silky voice!

For 41 Open Championships it has been one voice, Ivor Robson’s voice, that marked the time. When he takes to the tee at 6:32 a.m. on Thursday it will mark the beginning of the end for the iconic first tee announcer.

The 144th Open will be Robson’s last as the first tee announcer, ending a tenure that began at the Open in 1975 at Carnoustie. He hasn’t missed a championship or a tee time since.

“I feel you can’t go on forever and if you’re going to step off there’s no better place to do it than here,” said Robson, who began his week announcing for Wednesday’s Champion Golfers’ Challenge. “It’s time to go.”

Check out the rest of this interesting story here.

Source: Golf Channel

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What it means to be Champion Golfer of the Year!

What it means to be Champion Golfer of the Year!

What it means to be Champion Golfer of the Year!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Only the elite in golf has ever heard their name mentioned at the prize giving of a British Open Championship as “The Champion Golfer of the Year!”  

This is reserved for those who triumphed over an outstanding field of golf’s best players over 4 days. Their names are etched not only onto the Claret Jug but into the history of the Open championship!

It’s the oldest Major in golf, with history to make the hairs on your neck stand up (according to Rory). Some of the greatest to ever swing a club have held the Claret Jug, an acheivement very few of us will ever understand.

So, the what’s closest thing to understanding what it feels like? Reaching out to some of golf’s best and asking them to express their emotion.

This is a cool video on what it means to be the “Champion Golfer of the Year”. This one will get you ready for the Open Championship at St. Andrews Old Course this weekend.

Source: The Open

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Jack Nicklaus's Farewell to the Open at St Andrew's!

Jack Nicklaus’s Farewell to the Open at St Andrew’s!

Jack Nicklaus’s Farewell to the Open at St Andrew’s!

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10 years after the emotional farewell to the Open at St. Andrews by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus walked down the 18th fairway of the Old Course along with Tom Watson to say goodbye to a tournament he loved so much.  Thanks for the memories, Jack!

Jack Nicklaus playing his last competitive golf round at the 2005 British Open. 18th hole at St. Andrews playing with Tom Watson and Luke Donald with historic photo at the Swilken Bridge. Makes birdie putt to conclude his competitive golf career.

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Is Spieth Golf's 'American Pharaoh' ?

Is Jordan Spieth Golf’s Grand Slam ‘American Pharaoh’?

Is Jordan Spieth Golf’s Grand Slam ‘American Pharaoh’?

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Only 6 golf history players have won both the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year.

How did the 5 previous golfers who won both the Masters and the U.S. Open do in the third major year?

Is Spieth Golf's 'American Pharaoh' ?

The 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, won by Stuart Cink.

In 2002, Tiger Woods ended up tying for 28th place in the British Open after a rough, wet, and very cold third round derailed him.

However, it should be noted that Woods won 3 majors in the same calendar year in 2000; the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship.

Is Spieth Golf's 'American Pharaoh' ?

Lee won the Open Championship at Muirfield in 1972.

In 1972, Jack Nicklaus finished second to Lee Trevino, who made a surprising chip-in par save on #17.

In 1960, Arnold Palmer went to St. Andrews, Scotland, to chase the Grand Slam, but finished second to Kel Nagle.

Ben Hogan did win 3 majors in 1953. He won the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open in the same calendar year. Hogan couldn’t play the PGA because, at that time, it was the same week as the Open Championship.  Obviously, he could not be in two places at the same time!

In 1941, Craig Wood won the Masters and the U.S. Open, but no British Open was scheduled that year.

Will the Claret Jug join Jordan's Collection on Sunday?

Will the Claret Jug join Jordan’s Collection on Sunday?

If Spieth wins the British Open, he will tie the only 2 other golfers to win 3 Majors in a calendar year. (Ben Hogan & Tiger Woods) If he wins all 4 majors, he will create history, and to do it in the year that American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown would be the icing on the cake!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School

Pictures: Craig Bradshaw  Frank Keillor   Thomas Raher    Andrew Redington/Getty Images

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Is it time for an Open Championship at Royal County Down?

Is it time for an Open Championship at Royal County Down?

Is it time for an Open Championship at Royal County Down?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Last week’s Irish Open at Royal County Down highlighted one of my favorite courses of all time.  

Royal County Down ranks as the best golf course outside the USA. Being a true links golf course gives the golfer an honest and true test of their golfing abilities.  You have to have your A-game to play well here.

Top Irish Professionals like Rory McIlroy, Graham Mc Dowell, Padraig Harrington, and Darren Clark, all Major Champions, make a strong case for bringing top-class golf to true links-style courses.  I think it is only a matter of time before such a great course hosts either the Open Championship or at the very least a WGC event.  I, for one, look forward to that day!

Below,  writing for guardian.com, gives us his take on the future of Irish golf on the world stage.

 

Irish Open

Links events like the Irish Open present a huge technical test but the skills they teach are becoming lost to more clean-cut courses. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Two anomalies have long existed in the upper echelons of golf.

Firstly, of the four “world” golf championships – just under majors in apparent significance – three are held in the United States. It is also curious that links golf, such a fundamental part of the sport.  And a skill surely necessary for any top player to master, is such a rarity.

Both issues seemed pertinent at last week’s Irish Open. The event was kickstarted, rocket-fuelled even, by the involvement of Rory McIlroy. This tournament felt like an Open Championship in so many ways.  It appealed to some of the best players in the world, with 107,000 people taking the time to come and watch at the wonderful venue of Royal County Down. As a television spectacle, despite the horrible weather that has cursed the Irish Open, the backdrop seemed well-nigh impossible to beat.

It wasn’t only golfers who bought into the concept: Van Morrison played in front of just 150 people on behalf of McIlroy’s charity with the telecoms and media tycoon Denis O’Brien, reportedly worth £3.85bn, part of the audience. Major players attracted major players.

Now, terrific Irish Open attendance figures is not novel. The broad support for this event routinely gains envious glances from elsewhere in Europe and the United States. But what do the public receive for that backing? Until McIlroy and Dubai Duty Free stepped forward, this was a tournament minus a sponsor.  With joined-up thinking and a strong PR campaign, the narrative changed entirely.

If golf was properly alive to vibrant, knowledgeable markets, this scenario would strike a chord. Three WGC events, the Cadillac Championship, Cadillac Match Play Championship and Bridgestone Invitational, are held by the PGA Tour. The European Tour co-sanctions the competitions and has staff on site at all three but to all intents and purposes they give the impression of added stops on the PGA Tour. For the US, three majors and three WGC competitions isn’t too bad at all. Or even remotely proportionate.

The final WGC event of the year takes place in China in November, which is fair enough. There is a desire to grow golf there; the tournament itself has moved forward massively from the early days when Tiger Woods alone would have the regognition of  the wider public.

But where does Europe come in?

And, specifically, why couldn’t Ireland be given the respect it deserves.  With large galleries and top-class golf courses by being granted the hosting of such a tournament? Far from an act of benevolence, this would seem basic common sense. Much, it has to be said, like moving the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth from the calendar spot where greens are never even close to good enough.

To read the conclusion of this article, click here.

Source:    http://www.theguardian.com/

Pictures: Charles McQuillan/R&A/R&A via Getty Images   Patrick Drickey

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#8 in our Series "My Best Shot Ever" by Sir Nick Faldo!

#8 in our Series “My Best Shot Ever” by Sir Nick Faldo!

#8 in our Series “My Best Shot Ever” by Sir Nick Faldo!

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In # 8 in our series “My Best Shot” brought to you by Golfing World

Sir Nick Faldo recounts the greatest shot of his career at Muirfield during the 1992 Open Championship on the 18th hole on the final day.  Needing a 4 to secure victory, Sir Nick hit a laser 3 iron to just past the flag, allowing him two putts for victory.  Great stuff!

 

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