It must be something in the Ayrshire air, or the inspiring views back west, across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran beyond.
The less romantic notion is it’s just a numbers game, but the last six winners on this venerable track south west of Glasgow in Scotland have hailed from across the Atlantic.
Coincidence? Maybe, but no other British Open venue has seen such dominance. For four of those champions, it was their first major title. On the flip side, the Troon triumph was also their sole major and the pinnacle of their career. The other two were Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer.
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Troon’s last appearance on the rota in 2004 threw up one of the great Open Championship shocks…