Martin Dempster

America's J. B. Holmes plays his second shot to the 17th at Royal Portrush. Picture: Kevin C. Cox/Getty

Cheers and tears at Royal Portrush on a drama-packed opening day

It will mainly be remembered as the day when Rory McIlroy’s dream turned into a nightmare, but there was much more that would have been talked about over pints of Guinness in the local hostelries at the end of a dramatic opening day in the 148th Open Championship at Royal 

Paul Lawrie  kisses the Claret Jug after winning the Open at Carnoustie 20 years ago

20 years on, Lawrie is ready to revel in a special anniversary

Twenty years. Really? It might not exactly seem like yesterday and the flashes of gray hair confirms that, but this week does indeed mark two decades since Paul Lawrie became Open champion at Carnoustie – the first Scot to win the game’s oldest major on home soil since Tommy Armour in 1931.

Robert MacIntyre thinks of home to keep calm.

Children help MacIntyre foster calm state of mind

Picture the scene. Bob MacIntyre knows a place in the 148th Open Championship is on the line and, to keep himself calm, he closes his eyes for a brief moment and thinks about home in Oban and, in particular, two foster kids, writes Martin Dempster.

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