The Open Daily Diary: Tiger's tee troubles and water good idea
It's been 68 years since Royal Portrush last hosted The Open Championship and excitement is building ahead of the start of the 148th edition of the tournament.
Sunday was the first official practice day and several players took to the course a day later to get familiar with a venue most in the field will never have played.
And there was plenty going on around the course as the build-up kicks into gear.
Below, Omnisport's team on the ground round up some of the best goings on in Northern Ireland.
TIGER'S TEE TROUBLES
Nothing can make your own golf abilities feel quite so inadequate as watching the pros tee it up at The Open.
But, rest assured, even the greatest of greats can encounter a few woes out on the course, even 15-time major winners like Tiger Woods!
While preparing to hit off at the 11th, Woods needed a few attempts to get his ball to stay on the tee, much to the amusement of the watching patrons and the party involved with his playing group that included Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
"God damn it!" Tiger exclaimed. "My short little tees just don't work."
‘God damn it...my short little tees just don’t work!’— Peter Hanson (@PeterHanson89) July 15, 2019
Don’t worry folks, even 15-time major champions encounter issues sometimes.
It took Tiger Woods a few attempts to tee up his ball at the 11th during his practice round...#TheOpen@OmnisportNews pic.twitter.com/qMC76GtarA
WATER GOOD IDEA BY THE OPEN
We all want to do our bit to help protect the environment, right?
Well the good folks here at The Open do as well and this year the tournament has removed all single-use plastic bottles.
In their place, players (and indeed members of the media) have been provided with special edition refillable bottles, with water stations placed all around the course.
Good on you, folks.
The 148th Open will be one of the first major sporting events to remove single-use plastic water bottles. Each player will find a special edition refillable water bottle in their locker to help them lead the way #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/uPA1z8Z2Uu— The Open (@TheOpen) July 15, 2019
GOODBYE, AT LEAST FOR NOW, MY FRIEND
None of us here at Omnisport have ever triumphed in a major golf tournament, nor do we expect any of us ever will…
But it's easy to imagine that the toughest part of winning a Claret Jug is handing it back a year later.
That's exactly what defending champion Francesco Molinari had to do on Monday and the Italian had to ensure the famous trophy was kept in some safe places…
"I was very, very careful with it, especially the first few weeks," he said.
"We've had a couple of drinks out of it. Nothing out of the ordinary. I've got small kids at home so I had to keep it out of reach most of the time to avoid disaster!"
Jordan Spieth is a man who knows how to win a Claret Jug, having triumphed in a day of high drama at Royal Birkdale a couple of years back.
And to start his latest tilt for a second Open Championship, Spieth partook in an American pastime of chugging down a can…
Although we're not entirely sure what was in inside.
Shotgun start.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 15, 2019
Testing the water in Europe. pic.twitter.com/kgRTOUisQ2