07.15.19: Five things to plan for the week ahead based on unscientific evidence of guaranteed importance
The 148th version of The Open golf tournament, from Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 in the seaside town of Portrush, puts the magnificent scenery in the sunlight more than anything else. All other 146 versions of this event have been in England or Scotland, so it’s far overdue. Defending champ Francesco Molinari won at Carnoustie in Scotland a year ago, but Northern Ireland native Rory McIlroy will be the real looker, having set the record at the Portrush Royal Golf Club with a round of 61 in 2005, when he was 16. The course has been rerouted a bit since then. Graeme McDowell is another countryman proud to be here, getting an entry because he won the RBC Canadian Open recently. Tiger Woods has three Open championships among his 15 majors.
This things actually starts Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. on Golf Channel, then the final two rounds are on at 4 a.m. on Channel 4. It’s worth waking up for.
The rest of this week also involves El Trafico-Galaxy/LAFC meeting up in Carson on Friday, the Dodgers finishing four in Philly before coming home, the reset of racing at Del Mar for the rest of the summer, and Fox asking for $74.95 to see Manny Pacquaio, age 40, fight.
It’s at this link …