It was another glorious day at Royal Portush as preparations for the Open Championship continued on Tuesday.
Players aplenty faced the media – including a certain Tiger Woods – and there were a host of big names out on the course.
And they weren’t the only ones strolling the stunning links track, with Omnisport’s reporters also on the prowl.
Here’s a sample of what they happened upon during their travels inside the media tent and beyond…
NO PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT?
Brooks Koepka’s record is a peculiar thing.
The world number one has won four of the past 10 majors and placed second at the Masters and U.S. Open either side of defending the US PGA Championship in the first three major tournaments of 2019.
But he is only a twice a winner on the regular PGA Tour. So what’s the difference?
“I just practice before the majors. Regular tournaments I don’t practice. If you’ve seen me on TV, that’s when I play golf,” he said to laughter from the press pack.
Top marks for honesty there, Brooks.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 16, 2019
PINT OF GUINNESS, TIGER?
Tiger Woods was in a jovial mood during his media conference, which as ever was the best attended of them all.
When asked if he’d had chance to have a sip of Guinness, the three-time Open winner offered this assessment of one of the more popular Irish delicacies.
“This week? No, not this week. In the past…hmm,” he joked.
LOST IN THE ROUGH
One of the joys of covering an Open Championship is heading out on the course to take in the sights and catch a bit of golf.
On practice days, with reduced crowds, it’s an opportunity to follow some of the big names without having to contend with the masses that follow the action during the tournament.
But the plans of one Omnisport reporter, who set out to watch Brooks Koepka, were thwarted by some poor navigation and, in fairness, a little bit of bad luck.
If you take a wrong turn on this course and get stuck the wrong side of one of the boundary ropes that funnel spectators down certain pathways, you can end up a long way from where you want to be.
And so it proved for this lost reporter, who never did track down Koepka and was left instead to watch Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who has won four fewer majors than the American.