“Ian Baker-Finch: Rise and Fall of the Great Dark Shark”

We had to make sure you were pointed in the direction of Matt Creary’s great yarn on the rise and fall of the “Dark Shark”, Ian Baker-Finch.

In a great piece for the Northern Beaches Sports Tribune, Matt Cleary the recounts the steady rise of Ian Baker-Finch into the world’s top-10 golfers, his exquisite short game, the string of victories, both before and after his Open Championship victory at Birkdale.

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JB Holmes leads, Rory and Tiger stumble at The Open – Round 1 full video highlights

It was a slow, long day at Royal Portrush that sees American JB Holmes leading Ireland’s Shane Lowry but a stroke at the end of day one of the 2019 Open Championship.

As the wind and rain swept across the north coast of Northern Ireland, plenty of big names tumbled down the leaderboard including Tiger Woods and pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy who stumbled out of the blocks with a quadruple-bogey on the opening hole.

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Watch this news reel of the 1951 Open Championship at Royal Portrush

The Open returns to Northern Ireland this week for the first time since 1951.

The last time The Open Championship was played at Royal Portrush was in 1951 when England’s Max Faulkner claimed the Claret Jug.

We stumbled upon this old highlights news reel from the tournament which also includes a brief few seconds of Australian Norman Von Nida (also a photo of him below) who despite leading through the first round, withdrew before he finished on Sunday with illness.

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Royal Portrush hole-by-hole flyovers: The front nine

To get you excited about Open Championship week, here is a video guide to the front nine at Royal Portrush Golf club.

The Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time since American Max Faulkner won in 1951.

To get you in the Open Championship mood, here are flyovers of the front nine at Royal Portrush courtesy of The Open YouTube Channel.

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