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FORE Play: The Open Championship

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It's time for the third major of the year as the British Open transports us to Scotland. Aggie Ryan Palmer is playing in this tournament for the fourth time.

Links golf in Scotland is perfect for July.
Links golf in Scotland is perfect for July.
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Aggies Playing This Week

Ryan Palmer - Ryan will be playing in his 4th British Open this week.  He's made the cut in all three of his previous appearances, and can hopefully be around this weekend to make some noise.  The last two times the Open Championship was played at Troon, DFW area residents took the trophy home.  Maybe Ryan can make it three in a row.

Where Are They Playing

The 145th Open Championship - Royal Troon Golf Club, Troon, Scotland

Catch the television coverage as follows:

Thur-Fri: 12:30 am to 3:00 pm CST on Golf Channel (hell yeah that's a full day of golf coverage)

Sat-Sun: 3:00 am-6:00 am CST on Golf Channel and 6:00 am-1:30 pm on NBC

Why You Should Watch

It is the oldest major.  It crowns the "Champion Golfer of the Year".  It has the best damn trophy in the Claret Jug. Quite honestly, there's just no other golf tournament like the British Open.  It may not be your personal favorite, but here's some pretty good reasons why you should watch. It's way too hot in Texas. So wake up, turn down the A/C and see some incredibly beautiful Scottish scenery.  See golfers and spectators wearing sweaters and rain coats in the middle of the summer and try not to let jealousy consume you.  The British Open is also a really good excuse to drink in the morning.  Then you could spend the rest of your Saturday/Sunday taking a nap on the couch in the cool confines of air conditioning.

The 19th Hole

What's better than day drinking?  Morning drinking.  With coverage starting in the middle of the night and lasting into the afternoon, the British Open is the perfect excuse to wake up early, eat some good food, and get the day going with some alcohol.  Go with a nice hearty breakfast. Sausage and eggs.  Hell combine them for a Scotch Egg. With this being the British Open, you can open your beer preference up to England, Scotland, and Ireland, just like the course rota.  Have a Guinness.  Or a Belhaven.  Or a Wells Banana Bread Beer.  (It's really pretty damn good.)  If you have some guests over, and you should, serve up mimosas, champagne, and Bloody Marys (with some nice English gin of course).  By noon, feel free to grab a rocks glass and throw down some Scotch.  I prefer the Highlands and Speyside, but to each his own. If you're new, try the Dalmore 12 year.  Thank me later.