• The Open: A first look at Royal Birkdale

    The Open
    The crowds have already arrived at Royal Birkdale

    Take a first look at Royal Birkdale from the pros’ perspective, as when the likes of Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlory, Dustin Johnson and Brandon Stone tested out the Open venue this weekend.

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    SA’s Charl Schwartzel on the course

    World number one Dustin Johnson working on his putting

    Tommy Fleetwood doing some homework

    Sunshine Tour player Laurie Canter on the range

    ‘Hard to beat links golf.. Especially at Birkdale. Place is a beauty,’ – Justin Thomas

    ‘. attracting a good crowd at day one of practice at

    The view from the 1st tee grandstand

    ‘First look around yesterday – what a beautiful course for this year,’ – Thorbjorn Olesen

    McIlroy on the range

    Matsuyama showing off the rough

    Brandon Stone getting into the groove

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