Portrush

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Rory McIlroy  reacts on the 6th tee during the second round of the 148th Open Championship  at Royal Portrush on Friday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

If you’ve never been to Portrush, it’s one of those stubbornly 20th-century coastal towns that is entirely self-contained. Big windows and high roofs,(...)

Alan Rownan (right) and his dad share a love of golf.

“How are things in London?” “Ah grand,” I say, “all good back home?” “Well, I was hitting the ball great at the range yesterday, don’t know what hap(...)

 Rory McIlroy in the rough on the 18th hole during the first round of the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s opening round was book-ended by disasters, a quadruple bogey at one end, a triple at the other. This wasn’t how it was meant to be, as (...)

First among equals here is Darren Clarke, local player, former Open champion, and the man chosen to tee off first and start the tournament. photogrpah: Ian Walton/Reuters

It’s not yet 6am, but Portrush is awake. Outside the gates of the Royal Portrush golf club, crowds of people queued to be the first into The British (...)

Sea views and an all-day brunch at Babushka Kitchen Café on Portrush’s South Pier

Whatever about a good walk spoiled, a day spent at the golf is bound to bring on a hearty appetite and the thousands of spectators headed to Portrush (...)

Television towers at The 148th British Open golf Championship at Portrush. Photograph: Getty Images

A sell-out capacity crowd at Portrush has ensured the championship will be the second-highest attended British Open in history. By the end of the wee(...)

Ireland’s Pádraig  Harrington  practising for  the 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Royal Portrush Golf Club’s return to the British Open rota of courses after a gap of 68 years is an historic moment. But could an even potentially mor(...)

Tiger Woods during a practice round at Royal Portrush. He texted Brookes Koepka in the hope of sharing a practice round with the latter’s caddie Ricky Elliott. He is yet to receive a reply. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

The pathways taken to greatness have varied for Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka: one a child prodigy who had his “Hello world!” introduction to professi(...)

Darren Clarke: “You think about that time, when everything that was going on, whether we were ever going to have a tournament such as this? It was beyond the realms of possibility.” Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

The short game practice area is hidden away, amid the sand hills that actually form part of the Valley links, the other course on the property. It wa(...)

 Orange Order grand secretary Mervyn Gibson, at the Museum of Orange Heritage,  Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney

A stack of leaflets in the reception of the Museum of Orange Heritage in south Belfast shows a cartoon of golf club wielding Orangemen marching on to (...)

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