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mean that literally, Open week offered side trips to places like Stirling castle, which is less than an hour away. During the Open, you can play a round of golf at some nearby course in the morning and then take in the championship in the afternoon.

You never tire of spending time in the cemetery at St. Andrews where you can find your way to the grave of the legendary Old Tom Morris. You can find a marker for his grandson who was born in Darien, Georgia. He died at birth when his mother and father, Old Tom’s daughter and sonin- law lived there, but his remains were taken back to St. Andrews.

The greatest high has to be for those fortunate enough to hoist the silver chalice which goes to the winner of the championship. For the legions of the unwashed, the next best thing is to be the beneficiary of a media credential and to walk the fairways with champions who enjoy that experience.

Last week, the course seemed longer, the birdies more numerous, and the crowds bigger. The champions seem younger, too. Cameron Smith is a fine player as his record attests, but I don’t think he is likely to play another major with a hotter hand when it comes to putting.

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