It’s often said that every golfer on the range during a PGA Tour event hits the ball great and looks like a winner. This raises the question: Why is it so difficult to take one’s range game to the course, even for many of the best players? Or when it comes to putting, why can a player make, oh, 50 four-footers in a row and then not touch the cup on the first hole? Every tour pro faces the challenge. Johnny Miller once said the longest walk in golf is from the practice tee to the first tee.
The Open Championship is set to begin at Royal Birkdale, which sends me back — way back. The 1983 Open that Tom Watson won at Birkdale was the first I attended. So many years later, I think the two-iron he hit on the final hole was one of the best shots I’ve seen when a major was on the line. Watson, then 33, needed to par the hole to win.
This week marks the middle of a three-week stretch of links golf in the pro tour world. The Irish Open was on last week, which prompted me to write about some experiences I’ve had in Ireland. This week’s AAM Scottish Open is at the Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland, while the Open Championship returns next week to Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. And so we have tournaments in Ireland, Scotland and England, one after the other. Does it get any better for links-lovers? Must-watching, I’d say.
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