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the championship, has it in its contract with NBC that announcers never refer to the tournament by any name other than “The Open.” But could there ever be another Masters? There is only one, the one in Augusta, Georgia. Yet the European tour has an event in Switzerland called the Omega European Masters. You constantly see a reference to “US Masters” by the media.

At one point last Sunday, you could have called the tournament the Bulldog Open with Harman leading and his closest challenger being former UGA golfer Sepp Straka in second place all by himself until he made bogey on the final hole. He still finished second, tied with three others.

There has been rejoicing at St. Simons and Sea Island this week as Harman returned home where there has been a lot of imbibing from the claret jug which he gets to keep for a year.

It was the greatest homecoming of his life. He will always be an Open champion and the recall of his performance will be recognized as a masterpiece. He took on a challenging course in challenging conditions and played a near flawless final round. Hail to the Open champion. Hell yes.

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