By Anand Datla Wind and weather are golf’s inconvenient companions that the sport has no choice but to grin and bear. The myriad problems from this strained yet inseparable relationship is compounded when the golfers make their way to an Open Championship, played on a links course abutting an ocean. Unlike a parkland course that is moderated to the satisfaction of its creator, links courses take the contours it is offered by nature. The undulating terrain and intimidating bunkers are afforded sharper teeth by the gusting winds that swirl around the course like unruly thugs seeking to inflict pain and damage. Add a dash of rain to the list of variables and best of golfers will find it an enormous challenge, just to keep their wits about themselves, let alone play steady golf. No wonder, they fall into the miserable company of mistakes, frustrated by the endless harassment that typifies links golf. As the 148th Open Championship took orbit, the 156-man field at Royal Portrush was presented all of these challenges and more. In the event, a disciplined effort by Shane Lowry (67) returned the low score of the morning. Playing with control and precision, the American got out in… Read full this story
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