Royal Portrush could get the Open again within five years after the huge financial success of the first championship in Northern Ireland for nearly 70 years.
Robert MacIntyre played well enough and carried himself even better in his Open Championship debut - enough to get asked back next year, no questions asked.
Francesco Molinari’s last day as reigning Open champion - for now - got better as everyone else’s got worse.
Russell Knox isn’t exactly unaccustomed to the kind of weather that swept into Portrush as the final round of the Open reached its climax. But it’s been a while…
Shane Lowry’s Open Championship victory was constructed on a quiet coffee with his Scottish coach Neil Manchip at a nearby hotel, and then executed in steadfast style in front of thousands of his euphoric countrymen at Royal Portrush.
Shane Lowry and JB Holmes look a bit alike – well-built, not gym rats for sure, both bearded and not the sort to be seen in the ubiquitous Ultramarine blues or designer splatter shirts being worn by their contemporaries at the 148th Open at Royal Portrush.
He quite properly got a heroes’ welcome for a heroic effort when he came up the 18th as the clock ticked past 8pm. But there was to be no happy ending to the saga for Rory McIlroy at Royal Portrush.
It’s been an astonishing 27 years since an Englishman won the Claret Jug, since (Sir) Nick Faldo thanked the press from the heart of his bottom at Muirfield in 1992.
Robert MacIntyre may be a rookie on the top tours and in his first Open but he knows the proper protocol and wasn’t afraid to call out American Kyle Stanley at Royal Portrush.
Tiger Woods promised much on the second day of the 148th Open Championship but in the end delivered only a one-under-par 70 in only his 12th round since his Masters victory.