Iconic Royal Birkdale images No 2: Greg Norman rolls back the years

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 19, 2017

The 146th Open, which will tee-off Thursday at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, will start with Mark O'Meara, 60, at 6:35 a.m. local time.

Padraig Harrington (65-1): Of course it was 2008 when Paddy took top honors here and in that he defended his title, winning the year prior as well at Carnoustie.

The 23-year-old Texan is no stranger to these Open Championship struggles. I don't believe we are going to see the same this year at Royal Birkdale.

Asked to measure his game now compared with two years ago, Spieth said his long game is better, but he hasn't been making putts.

Does he feel it's a case of unfinished business, perhaps, in this event? Our final bet is Lee Westwood +5000 to win the Open Championship. "I don't want to say that if I don't win this it's going to be a huge sort of hole in my career, but it was the one tournament that even before I finished fourth here as an amateur, I got to final qualifying at the age of 14 and created a bit of a story then".

Open champion Henrik Stenson admits it was a bittersweet moment when he returned the Claret Jug yesterday, but is eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in his career.

Mickelson's 3-wood is the same club he used when he won the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

"Guys are winning younger, playing more fearless, even in major championships, and I just think that it's so hard now". "It won't stop me from trying though". "There's no rush, but certainly I'm into the do-it-now phase of my career".

Nobody would have picked the 14-time Japan Tour victor to make the semi- final of the WGC-Match Play or to be T10 two weeks ago at the Irish Open.

"Roger is the sporting athlete I look up to and can try and model". What I didn't expect is for somebody to play without a driver altogether. I think they're both fantastic. "It might have bumped into something on one occasion down where the names are so maybe a minor little tweak needs to be done, but nothing major, and from what I hear it might have suffered larger damage from some of my previous colleagues that had it in their possession".

It was a summer that defined him, and still does in many ways.

"There are a few tricks here and there that you can apply to golf".

"I've decided", Rose said, "that that's kind of going to be a non-issue going forward".

"I can be completely impressed and in awe of him because I never have to face him". It's a much easier environment to learn when you don't have to compete against that person.

McIlroy won the Open not far from Birkdale at Hoylake in 2014 but comes into the 2017 championship in poor form, having missed the cut at both the Irish Open and the Scottish Open in the past two weeks. "There was definitely a lull after Augusta", he said.

"Audrey's done really well to get back to where she is". And sometimes you just have to wait. You can't have a peak without a valley, really.

"There's not a whole lot of drivers to hit, you just need to place your tee shots in the right spots".

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