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The Most Interesting Doubleheader In Golf

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND | While Justin Rose was going about his business of collecting another trophy at another bucket-list golf course Sunday in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen, there was a collective eye cast 350 miles to the southwest, where the Open Championship arrives this week at Royal Liverpool.
Because of the wise decision to rotate the Scottish Open around some of the country’s grand links, the financial and marketing punch provided by the sponsoring company and Phil Mickelson’s double dip last July, this has become, arguably, the most interesting doubleheader in professional golf.
This is not about golf as Americans know it but about golf as they know it in and around the motherland.
If the U.S. Open at the newly browned and intentionally distressed Pinehurst No. 2 gave hints of links golf, Royal Aberdeen delivered it and Hoylake (as its friends call Royal Liverpool) promises to deliver more, particularly if the weather cooperates with a fresh breeze.
For some, links golf is an acquired taste, like oysters or Tarentino movies. For others, it’s a joy for the way it’s played on the ground, through the air and between the ears.
When the day goes soft, as it did Sunday in Aberdeen, the game changes but it’s a temporary pause. Conditions can change like the sky, which can range from sunny to filled with shredded clouds in what feels like moments. As the weather changes, so does the game.
“I think coming over here for this event is a must,” Ryan Palmer said. “I got more out of this than I ever would have playing at home. I learned so much from the course and the weather and the tough conditions. I won’t have to guess about what to do next week.


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