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Could a Scot Please Win the British Open One Day? Is That Too Much to Ask?

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But Lawrie is the one still-active Scottish major champion, and he may not play the Open again.

“I’ll wait and see how I feel next yr, but right away, it’s no,” Lawrie said. “I all the time said I wouldn’t ever take a spot if I didn’t feel as if I could definitely play OK and play 4 rounds.”

Law struggled plenty himself in his third round on Saturday, shooting a 5-over-par 77 to drop to 2 over par for the tournament.

“It’s not a daily tournament, but we’ve tried to make it as normal as we will,” he said earlier within the week. “I’m not only here to soak all of it in.”

There may be, in fact, plenty to soak up. St. Andrews not only has the R&A World Golf Museum, which sits just across the road from the Old Course. It’s an open-air golf museum, as well, one where the American accents often outnumber the Scottish ones within the stores, pro shops and cobbled alleyways.

Business and real estate are booming again after the pandemic lockdowns, and The Times of London reported this week that properties near the Old Course’s iconic 18th green are selling for as much as 2,500 kilos (about $3,000) a square foot, that housing prices in St. Andrews are up 23 percent previously yr and that about 50 percent of the buyers in central St. Andrews are from abroad.

It shouldn’t be just the golf: St. Andrews University stays probably the most prestigious in Britain, with alumni that include John Knox, Thomas Bruce and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (higher often known as William and Kate). But golf definitely is on the core of the enduring attraction, and the shops on Golf Place, a road that borders the Old Course, are stuffed with golf trinkets and memorabilia, much of which feature Scottish golfers like James Braid, who won the Open five times within the early 1900s.

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