Sobel: Rory’s Big Miss and Other Notes From Round 1 of the British Open


Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Rory McIlroy during the first round of The British Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

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The Open Championship has returned to Northern Ireland this week for the first time since 1951 — and just in case anyone was skeptical about the venue, we were quickly introduced to a stage whose beauty is only overwhelmed by its brawn.

It took me until just 6 a.m. ET on Thursday to tweet the following about this brilliant track:

Well, just one small quibble. OK, maybe a big one.

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