Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
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Rahm hoping accommodation switch has Open benefits at Portrush

Rahm hoping accommodation switch has Open benefits at Portrush

Here's a full set of Round 1 tee times along with our expert picks and predictions for the 2019 Open.

He talks about how meaningful this weekend is to him and to his home country. I've always felt I've played my best golf when I've been totally relaxed and loose.

An A-list resort in lovely Andalucia, along with views of the magnificent mountain range, beach club, showstopping 50m long infinity pool (one of three), stunning 2,200sqm spa with an indoor heated salt water swimming pool and a Michelin star restaurant, the 18-hole championship golf course is one of the finest in the country.

"I played here the week after the Ryder Cup just for a commercial sort of thing, I played last Saturday and then I played yesterday", he said. I started to kind of get less frustrated and start to, like I say, start to enjoy the act of trying to pull myself out of the hole I dug for myself.

The grandstand was full and the gallery framed the entire par 3, despite heavy clouds that began to darken with the promise of more rain at Royal Portrush. He stayed in Portrush that week and recalls going to the Harbour Bistro, one of the liveliest places in town, on six of seven nights.

Koepka (2018), Jordan Spieth (2015) and McIlroy (2014) are the only golfers to win two majors in a calendar year this decade.

Rory McIlroy has hailed the return of the Open Championship to Royal Portrush as proof that Northern Ireland has left the Troubles that blighted it for two decades in the past. The green is perched on the cliff edge and players could go out of bounds just two or three yards over the back.

Rahm expects to have to grind his way around the Dunluce Links, rely on a bit of luck, and keep mentally strong.

MAC ATTACK: Scotland's Bob MacIntyre, who played collegiately in the McNeese State, had the best early shot, holing out for eagle at the par-4 fifth.

"I would like to find the middle ground", Rahm said, "but truth be told, there's not much difference between finishing 50th, 40th and 30th to me, unless you are contending for the tournament". "If you had seen the first hole, there were lines of people, both sides of the fairway all the way up to the green".

That's normal for McIlroy at any British Open.

"I'm still going to try to go out and shoot good scores and concentrate and do all the right things". And sure enough I win that week. "So, however you can get it done".

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