There are Opens and there are Opens. And then there are Opens at St Andrews. Even among such glorious courses as Muirfield, Royal Lytham & St Annes, Royal Birkdale, Royal St George’s and now Royal Portrush, to mention only some of those venues that currently host the Championship, Opens over the fabled Old Course stand out. There is nowhere quite like the Scottish city of St Andrews for its sense of history (its university is the oldest in Scotland and the third oldest in the English-speaking world), its dazzlingly clear light on a summer’s evening, and the feeling the visitor has no matter how many times he or she has journeyed there that this is a place given over to golf and to its townspeople. So much has happened at St Andrews it scarcely seems possible to cram any more history into its narrow alleyways and cobbled streets. History whacks you over the head wherever you look.
Each Open at the Old Course generates more lore. The 2005 Open was the 27th to be held there dating back to Tom Kidd’s victory after rounds of 91 ...
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