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Everything you need to know about the 2017 Open Championship

Everything you need to know about the 2017 Open Championship”

"I got recognised at Altrincham market the other day but there's nobody fainting in the street as I walk past - I'm still waiting for those days to come".

"I'll have the most support I've ever had in my life, from people I've grown up with, friends, family, you name it", Fleetwood said on Monday. Local boy makes good at Royal Birkdale and becomes the eighth consecutive first-time major champion. "Whether I do well or not, I'm going to have a lot of people rooting for me and that's going to be lovely".

"You can't sneak onto the places we used to sneak on anymore". Having tied for third the last time the Open was held at Birkdale, however, perhaps this could be the week that kick-starts his season. In some ways, I look back and I try to model it. "It's a lot tougher these days".

I was in dreamland for every day I went around Royal Birkdale.

"I don't feel any extra pressure from it". It's been up there for a while.

There are more candidates than ever to become a multiple major victor because 23 of the last 33 major champions had never won one before. In my career I've seen some good wins and some bad wins and sometimes the hard ones, the ones that you possibly shouldn't have got, are the most fun. So it's very exciting to see that, to see guys that you're friendly with winning and fellow countrymen doing great things. He is trying to use that as a model going forward.

"But when you come out of the injury phase and you feel good and you feel fresh and you feel ready to play golf again, you somewhat expect your game to be there".

"Well, I can't say there's been a bad moment", he said.

The Spaniards, of course, are on a links roll heading into this event after Jon Rahm won the Irish Open at Portstewart before Rafa Carbrera Bello,
helped by a course-record 64 in the final round, claimed the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links on Sunday. The club was founded in 1889 and will host the Open championship for the 10th time - all since 1954.

"I'm very confident I can handle myself on links (courses)".

Rose's journey from 17-year-old Open phenomenon to Olympic gold medalist is well documented.

It will be a great thrill and opportunity for the Tasmanian native to play such a prestigious event but if he was to make the weekend, then it will be perhaps an even greater thrill.

"I always dreamed of winning the Open as a young man".

It is little wonder that Rose, now 36, spoke of "unfinished business" on Tuesday as he prepared for Thursday's first round, when he will go out in a group with former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Justin Thomas. "So we'll see how we're able to handle all of those".

But it isn't Rory McIlroy, or Phil Mickelson, or Jordan Spieth.

World number one Dustin Johnson will tee off at 8:48 CT, alongside four-time major victor Rory McIlroy and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

"It has been nice to watch and be around during the process". I called it the British Open back then because it was the British Open then (and) I played it like Nick Faldo (that year).

"I played with such freedom that week, had such confidence in my short game and I played with a bit of an innocence".



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