The Open 2019 diary: 'Chance of a lifetime' for early birdies

The Open 2019 diary: 'Chance of a lifetime' for early birdies

Image caption Brian Miller (top left) and his young sons left home at 03:30 BST to get a good spot on the course The thousands queued outside Royal Portrush from early morning showed the international appeal of The Open. Americans, South Africans and Australians joined local golf fans waiting patiently to get in. It was […]

The Open 2019 diary: Phil Mickelson and a prosthetic leg

The Open 2019 diary: Phil Mickelson and a prosthetic leg

Image copyright AFP Image caption Phil Mickelson was taken aback by an unusual autograph request As Open fever consumes Northern Ireland, BBC News NI brings you all the latest news and views from Royal Portrush. Putting pen to prosthetic Phil Mickelson is known almost as much for the time he spends signing autographs for fans […]

Females to the fore? What golf is doing to attract more women

Females to the fore? What golf is doing to attract more women

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are half a dozen women’s professional golf tours Golf has endured a roller coaster decade, with the number of challenges it has faced being matched only by regular bulletins predicting its demise. The sport has been accused – among other criticisms – of being too white, male, elderly, […]

The Open 2019: Can Tiger Woods roar at Royal Portrush?

The Open 2019: Can Tiger Woods roar at Royal Portrush?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tiger Woods had an indifferent practice round at Royal Portrush The last time Tiger Woods successfully stalked an Open championship he did so at dawn, rising with the dew sweepers to plot a path to glory, only the most dedicated fans there to witness his majesty. Much has changed […]

The Open 2019 diary: Game of cones and tears before tee time

The Open 2019 diary: Game of cones and tears before tee time

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Open week began with Tiger Woods making an appearance at Royal Portrush After decades in the making and years in the planning, golf’s Open Championship is finally back at Royal Portrush. The last time it was in Northern Ireland, England’s Max Faulkner walked away victorious. But the 1951 championship […]

Flamboyant Faulkner – the 'peacock' who clinched the last Portrush Open

Flamboyant Faulkner – the 'peacock' who clinched the last Portrush Open

Image copyright maxfaulkner.net Image caption Crowds found every space they could to watch Max Faulkner’s third shot to the last at the 1951 Open When the winner of this year’s Open lifts the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush, chances are they’ll look back on one shot, one moment of brilliance or outrageous luck, which separated […]

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