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Mark Gaughan's Power Take: Don't bug me, I'm watching The Open

The Scottish cliché “nae wind, nae rain, nae golf” is the first big reason why The Open Championship – aka the British Open – is the greatest of golf’s four majors.

Wind is part of the maddening challenge of the game. No major is more impacted by weather than the Open, so often played on courses by the sea. I can’t wait to watch the players at Royal Birkdale this week wearing ski caps and trudging through horizontal rain. Bad weather favors the best ball-strikers. In the Open of 2008 at Birkdale, there were 21 rounds in the 60s and 39 in the 80s.

The Open, begun in 1860, also has the most history and tradition of all the majors. The Road Hole, the Postage Stamp, Hell Bunker, Barry Bern. They’re part of golf lore. The great links courses like St. Andrew’s and Birkdale have a romantic look and feel to them. The brown grass, the heather waving in the wind, the pot bunkers. The fact links courses play so firm and fast gives golfers more options: via ground or air? Don’t bug me this week. I’ll be in front of the television.

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