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Rory McIlory
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Form going into Portrush homecoming going from strength to strength

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He received the Challenge Belt, made of red Morocco leather, after winning the inaugural Open at Prestwick in 1860 and beating the home club’s professional, Old Tom Morris, into second place. The pair were great rivals, often playing challenge matches which also included Willie brother Mungo, an Open Champion himself in 1874, and Tom’s son Young Tommy, who was the best of the lot. Willie Park Snr’s son, also called Willie, became a two-time winner of The Open and a noted golf course architect. Willie Park Snr was the son of a farmer from Musselburgh and started playing golf with a whittled stick for a club.

“This is by far the most relaxed and enjoyable day. Much longer and better value than some other sports.” CHAMPIONS CLUB ATTENDEE 2018