THE OPEN DIARY: Callaway golf bags honour Liverpool’s musical heritage, Tiger Woods’ legacy lives on and Alex Fitzpatrick follows his brother’s advice

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THE OPEN DIARY: Callaway golf bags honour Liverpool’s musical heritage, Tiger Woods’ legacy lives on and Alex Fitzpatrick follows his brother’s advice

  • Callaway players will be easy to spot with golf bags carrying a colourful pattern
  • Rival Cobra may need a rethink, as their Liverpool-themed bag is red and white
  • Amateur Tiger Christensen is in this week’s field after coming through qualifying

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Rory McIlroy will enter the final major championship of the season as the front-runner following his win at the Scottish Open.

The Northern Irishman has notched a runner-up and a T7 at the last two majors, and he’s riding a streak of six consecutive top-10 finishes, including a dramatic victory at last week’s Scottish Open. 

McIlroy will seek to emulate his 2014 Open triumph at Hoylake, but Royal Liverpool has a new look, including a new par-3 17th hole, converted from a former par 4.

LIV Golf and PGA players will reunite as they hope to lift the coveted Claret Jug.

Mail Sport’s Ian Ladyman rounds up some of the major talking points.

Germany's Marcel Siem shows off his Beatles golf bag during a practice round at Hoylake

Germany’s Marcel Siem shows off his Beatles golf bag during a practice round at Hoylake

Bags of colour at Hoylake 

Callaway players will be easy to spot with their golf bags carrying a colourful pattern honouring Liverpool’s rich musical heritage. 

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Rival Cobra may need a rethink, however, as their Liverpool-themed bag is red and white. 

There are two big football clubs round here, you know. 

And Tranmere of League Two is closer to Hoylake than both of them.

Tough draw for Koepka  

Brooks Koepka is out at 9.36am on Thursday and perhaps that is just as well. 

The five-time major winner has been drawn with Patrick Cantlay, who drove Koepka to distraction with his slow play at this year’s Masters. 

They will be back in for lunch. A late lunch.

Leeds United’s American takeover was finally confirmed on Monday and US golfers Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas will have a minor stake. 

Caddie Billy Foster has been quick to claim credit, telling Spieth last year to ‘save my football club’.

Word of advice 

Your diarist spent much of Sunday trying in vain to grab a word with Alex Fitzpatrick, younger brother of world No 9, Matt. 

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Asked this week what advice he had passed on to the 24-year-old Open debutant, Fitzpatrick senior replied: ‘Don’t speak to the media.’ 

Seems young Alex was listening.

Tiger’s legacy lives on

German amateur Tiger Christensen, 19, is in this week’s field after coming through qualifying

German amateur Tiger Christensen, 19, is in this week’s field after coming through qualifying

Tiger Woods, champion here in 2006, will not be at Hoylake because of injury but his legacy lives on. 

Tiger Christensen, 19, is a German amateur who is in this week’s field after coming through qualifying.

‘My dad had a very good friend who was a boxer and his ring name was Tiger,’ explained the teenager from Hamburg. 

‘So it was 50-50 — between him and Tiger Woods.’



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