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The Open


Carnoustie awaits the Open. The Claret Jug awaits the hand of the winner.

Carnoustie has been called a classic Scottish links with “hard, bouncy fairways, a stiff breeze and slick greens”. And sometimes the stiff breeze becomes a sea gale, but vagaries of the weather have never deterred golfers who have been playing at Carnoustie since 1842, just four years after the first railroad arrived. Did someone say there was a link?

The oldest of the four major men's golf championships and since 2002 the richest, the Open was first played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club. Those who know say that the Open is the most exacting test of a golfer's game and Carnoustie is the toughest course. Tiger Woods will be hunting a rare treble (three consecutive Open titles) starting Thursday.

There’s more about the Open and Carnoustie here.