Links, lies and ladybirds: The Open 2017

Links, lies and ladybirds: The Open 2017

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Not the British Open, nor the Open Championship. Just The Open.

It’s been that way since the oldest of golf’s four majors began in 1860.

The 146th Open takes place this week at Royal Birkdale, a venerable old links north of Liverpool in the northwest of England.

It’s the only major outside the United States, and requires a different skillset to master the humps, hollows and sea-breezes of links golf.

Here’s seven things you need to know about The Open at Royal Birkdale.

Battlefield Birkdale

The Open rotates around 10 of the world’s best links golf courses in Scotland, England and, from 2019, Northern Ireland again.

Royal Birkdale was opened in 1889 and is one of the game’s most celebrated…



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