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  1. Abraham Lincoln was campaigning to be American President. Florence Nightingale had just opened her Training School and Home for Nurses at King’s College London. Arthur Conan Doyle was a baby, and Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was a sensation. The year was 1860. But quietly, there was another significant event taking place on the banks of the Firth of Clyde at Prestwick. Eight elite golfers gathered to identify the successor Champion Golfer to the late St Andrews professional Allan Robertson, who had been the undisputed player of his day. The Open Championship was born. Throughout most of the subsequent 160 years – barring occasional international conflict and the one time they had no trophy to present – the championship has been an indelible part of the ancient game, evolving with the times, but retaining a reverence for those legendary names immortalised on the Claret Jug, that iconic symbol of excellence first awarded when the Open ventured east to the Old Course in 1873. Musselburgh – then home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers – completed that original rotation. And it wouldn’t be until the 1890s – reflecting the growing popularity of the sport in England – that the Open headed south of the border at Royal St. George’s. But not since 1977 – when Turnberry made its explosive debut in the dusty sunshine – have we seen a re-injection of freshness quite like that we are witnessing for the 148th playing of golf’s original major. For just a second time, the Claret Jug has crossed the Irish Sea. Royal Portrush is the magnificent stage for what is set to be a hugely atmospheric and charged event. For all intents and purposes, this is a new venue for the Open. Commemorating the triumph of Fred Daly at Hoylake in 1947, the R&A brought the championship to the Emerald Isle. England’s Max Faulkner made history by winning in County Antrim in 1951, but 68 long years have passed since the championship was held in Northern Ireland. Only Peter Alliss and Norman Drew remain of that 98 man field. It’s been a tumultuous and unlikely journey. Like anything related to Northern Ireland, it has been a complicated one. But the extraordinary demand for tickets – this Open has been effectively sold out for months – and widely acclaimed Dunluce Links promises to make for an unforgettable week. Rory McIlroy is the favourite – both in the local and literal sense – returning to a layout where he shot a remarkable 61 in 2005. He was just 16. It remains the most memorable round of his life. But despite enjoying one of the most consistent seasons of his professional career – including victories in the Players Championship and Canadian Open – he has disappointed in the majors of late. Winning the Open on home soil would be the pinnacle for the lad from Holywood. Brooks Koepka is the antithesis of McIlroy – he possesses a stunning ability to raise his game for the most critical weeks while simultaneously disappearing in regular events – and is impossible to discount. The American – whose early forays into the paid ranks were in Europe – has either won or finished second in five of the last six major championships. His progression has been an instant teleportation into greatness. Etching his name on the Claret Jug would be a reaffirmation of that. World number two Dustin Johnson is the archetypal modern golfer – athletic and powerful – but he has perhaps lacked the finesse at times on the seaside courses of the British Isles, his best result coming eight years ago at Sandwich, when Portrush resident Darren Clarke completed an emotional late breakthrough. Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas and noted links aficionado, Rickie Fowler will be among the other Americans fancied here. Not to forget former winner Jordan Spieth – who has looked a somewhat vulnerable figure in competition, despite the occasional flash of his past brilliance. Matt Kuchar leads the tour in shattered public relations. Twice winner of the Irish Open, Jon Rahm loves this part of the world – producing a masterclass at nearby Portstewart two years ago – and the Spaniard boasts the requisite tools to succeed, displaying both the imagination and skill set to become an Open champion. European hopes can also be pinned on a much-improved Henrik Stenson and the defending Francesco Molinari, who has lost somewhat of an edge since his loss at the Masters in April. It has been 27 years since an Englishman won the Open – even the state of Iowa has claimed more Claret Jugs in that time – but there will be optimism that the likes of Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Eddie Pepperell could follow in the footsteps of Nick Faldo. The unfailingly intense Matt Wallace divides opinion – but he has recorded impressive finishes at both the PGA Championship and U.S. Open. Tiger Woods’ stratospheric triumph at Augusta does seem a long time ago, with the 15-time major champion not building on those breathtaking scenes in the spring, playing a reduced schedule and producing little of note in the months since. But the ultimate strategist retains an affinity for the purest form of the game – as underlined by his performance 12 months ago at Carnoustie – and will expect to play well at Portrush. The path back to Royal Portrush was a lengthy and bumpy one – it’s a success just being here – though it would be fitting if the ultimate destination on Sunday reflected the enormity of this occasion. Someone will become Champion Golfer of the Year. But really - it’s forever. From then to now and beyond. The Open Championship is timeless.
  2. This is getting worrying now, missed his preview the last time round, 2 Majors in a row is detracting from the expectation of the event. Ha! You'll have to forgive me. Working in the golf media/industry, these weeks are always extremely busy with various things going off, and I've managed my time poorly in May and June. I kept meaning to complete my usual P&B topic introduction but just couldn't get round to it without staying up all night, which admittedly would have been decent practice for the next four days. However, I pledge to have one back for the Open at Portrush. Until then, enjoy the US Open!
  3. Augusta National is the picturesque landscape that provides the stage for greatness, but that beauty masks a perilous danger that lies beneath the immaculate surface. Legends have been forged down Magnolia Lane, but many dreams have been cruelly shattered in view of the azaleas. It can only be the Masters Tournament, which possesses a unique relationship with golfers each April. Being played at the same venue every year, there is a connection that we have to this event unlike any other. When the Masters comes around, we are reacquainted with Augusta, we know the holes, recalling moments of the past, and watch the best players of today attempting to claim a small piece of that rich history. It’s a tournament that unfailingly captures our imagination. When you move beyond the superlatives and hype, ultimately, the Masters is the most exclusive of golf's major championships, this year welcoming a field of just 87 players, a mixture of the game's elite, former champions and invited amateurs. Such a limited gathering almost guarantees a leaderboard of the highest quality on Sunday, which has partly contributed to the excitement that this week annually generates among the public. Much of the tournament is undoubtedly iconic. From the layout to the green jacket, the Masters resonates with golfers deeply, and those emotions are present within the players themselves. Having the chance to win here is something they have imagined since childhood. For some, that pressure can prove to be overwhelming. Rory McIlroy comes to Georgia as the favourite, but with the weight of expectation on his shoulders. He’s been here before. Since his agonising final day collapse eight years ago, the Masters has remained elusive as he accumulated other golf’s grandest prizes. Last April’s final pairing with eventual champion Patrick Reed was just another disappointment for the Northern Irishman. However, this time, he returns with a swagger back to his step. Having played consistently since the summer, albeit without picking up the victories, the 29-year-old overcame the strongest field in golf at the Players Championship to secure one of the most significant triumphs of his career. That was only last month, and McIlroy’s game is at a level where anything but contention would be a shock. Storms have softened up the venerable, undulating fairways of Augusta, playing into his prodigious hands off the tee, but until he eventually does feel the validation of a green jacket on his shoulders, there will always be doubts about his ability to complete the career grand slam and etch his face onto the Mount Rushmore of golf. The only thing that would surpass McIlroy’s breakthrough at the Masters – as a story – is a fifth triumph for Tiger Woods, something that only two years would have been a laughable prospect, but now feels likelier than it has done for half a decade. Now 43, the American’s comeback went beyond reasonable expectations. He won the Tour Championship. He contended in both The Open and PGA. He made it back onto the Ryder Cup team. Though he hasn’t quite reached those heights this season, his iron play is the strongest part of his game – the most necessary qualification to unlock Augusta National – and his depth of experience cannot be discounted. Whether he has the firepower this week to beat the elite over 72 holes is unclear, but there is no question that he could. And wouldn’t that be a tale. Transcendent. Stratospheric. Elsewhere, the world’s current top ten are all seeking their first Masters victory. Justin Rose has an imperious record here – about as good as one can have without winning – and the Englishman is better prepared than most. Dustin Johnson has the ability to yield any course, while Justin Thomas possesses all the tools to succeed in the biggest events. For three-time major champion Brooks Koepka – a man lacking in much fanfare – there has been little joy of late, but he is a dangerous figure. Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari first came to Augusta to caddie for his brother Edoardo in 2005, but he could conceivably add Masters glory to his Claret Jug from Carnoustie. Jon Rahm has the skills to accomplish everything, but he still has much to learn temperamentally, while Rickie Fowler is attempting to claim his first major victory after a hard-fought runner-up to Reed last year – a performance that would have won most of the past tournaments in history – as is the underrated young American Xander Schauffele, who was right there with the Italian last July in Angus. Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Eddie Pepperell will be hoping to emulate the British successes of Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Danny Willett, while the international contingent is best represented by Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. Former champions Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia will feel optimistic, and then there is the curious case of Jordan Spieth. Since winning the Open at Royal Birkdale in 2017, the Texan has often looked beleaguered on the course, unsure of his technique and mindset, but remains capable of flashes of sheer genius, as he demonstrated 12 months ago when he shot up the leaderboard to threaten Reed and Fowler. Just on Saturday – during the Valero Texas Open – he shot a disastrous 42 on the front-nine but rebounded spectacularly with a 31 on the back. That is Spieth, but the fact is no one has played Augusta National better than he has during the past five years. If there’s anywhere he’s going to recapture that magic touch, it’s probably here. Many of us have grown up watching this event – alongside a parent or grandparent – and maybe the roles have now reversed sharing that experience with our own children. That’s the circle of life at Augusta National, but one player will achieve immortality this week. We’ll soon discover which story is going to be written, but there is always something to relish. It’s the Masters.
  4. Day 16 - FINAL Leaderboard Results, Scores, 180s, Points 1. Davied85 59, 22, 174, 1,130 2. Dysart 62, 20, 171, 1,123 3. Davis Love III 61, 18, 184, 1,120 4. Same_Ol_G35 60, 16, 171, 1,069 5. Stuarty 60, 14, 185, 1,049 6. F_T_Y 59, 14, 185, 1,015 7. Callum-Ayr 55, 18, 188, 1,010 8. The Naitch 56, 19, 129, 1,003 9. Betting Competition 58, 12, 201, 993 10. Diamond_For_Life 55, 13, 189, 931 11. Honestly United 49, 16, 149, 881 12. MicroDave 47, 9, 145, 791 13. Neilly 35, 15, 92, 622 Well, there we have it! Michael van Gerwen reasserted his dominance on the grandest stage of them all, so it was only fitting that our back-to-back, reigning Premier League champion and former World Championship winner Davied85 claimed his second title to continue a spectacular period of success! Congratulations. It was closely fought, however, with Dysart compiling an impressively consistent performance throughout. Two-time champion Davis Love III finished in third, correctly predicting the final, as did Same_Ol_G35 - completing a fine defence this year - and Stuarty. Prediction League stalwarts F_T_Y, Callum-Ayr and The Naitch rounded off the top eight of those surpassing the 1,000 point mark in this extended championship. Most importantly, I thank everyone for taking part this year. It has become something of a festive tradition for me to organise this, and I enjoy seeing the old (and new) names who participate. I wish you a happy and healthy beginning to 2019, and hopefully our paths shall cross once again in the Prediction Leagues. Until next time!
  5. Tuesday January 1 (2000) Final Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Michael Smith 180s: Michael Smith
  6. Day 15 Leaderboard Results, Scores, 180s, Points 1. Davied85 58, 22, 160, 1,092 2. Dysart 61, 20, 157, 1,085 3. Davis Love III 60, 17, 171, 1,057 4. Callum-Ayr 55, 18, 188, 1,010 5. Same_Ol_G35 59, 15, 157, 1,005 6. F_T_Y 59, 14, 172, 1,002 7. The Naitch 56, 19, 116, 990 8. Stuarty 59, 13, 172, 986 9. Betting Competition 57, 12, 187, 955 10. Diamond_For_Life 55, 13, 176, 918 11. Honestly United 49, 16, 149, 881 12. MicroDave 46, 9, 131, 753 13. Neilly 35, 15, 92, 622 Final - 24 Points for Correct Result, 26 Points for Correct Score.
  7. Sunday December 30 (1900) Semi-Finals Michael Smith 6-3 Nathan Aspinall Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Gary Anderson 180s - Gary Anderson
  8. It's not impossible, but you'll likely need perfection! Nonetheless, you're hanging in there!
  9. Day 14 Leaderboard Results, Scores, 180s, Points 1. Dysart 59, 20, 140, 1,028 2. Davied85 56, 21, 149, 1,019 3. Davis Love III 59, 16, 160, 1,004 4. Same_Ol_G35 57, 15, 146, 954 5. Callum-Ayr 53, 18, 171, 953 6. F_T_Y 58, 13, 161, 949 7. Betting Competition 57, 12, 176, 944 8. The Naitch 55, 18, 105, 937 9. Stuarty 57, 13, 161, 935 10. Diamond_For_Life 55, 13, 165, 907 11. Honestly United 49, 16, 149, 881 12. MicroDave 45, 8, 120, 700 13. Neilly 35, 15, 92, 622
  10. Saturday December 29 Afternoon Session (1230) Quarter-Finals x2 Nathan Aspinall 5-3 Brendan Dolan Dave Chisnall 3-5 Gary Anderson 180s - Gary Anderson Evening Session (1900) Quarter-Finals x2 Luke Humphries 4-5 Michael Smith Michael van Gerwen 5-1 Ryan Joyce 180s - Michael Smith
  11. Day 13 Leaderboard Results, Scores, 180s, Points 1. Dysart 56, 20, 127, 967 2. Davied85 52, 20, 132, 920 3. Callum-Ayr 51, 18, 158, 908 4. Davis Love III 55, 15, 140, 902 5. F_T_Y 56, 13, 141, 897 6. Diamond_For_Life 54, 13, 149, 875 7. Same_Ol_G35 53, 15, 129, 873 8. Stuarty 54, 13, 145, 871 9. Betting Competition 53, 12, 156, 860 10. The Naitch 52, 16, 97, 845 11. Honestly United 46, 15, 129, 795 12. MicroDave 42, 8, 103, 635 13. Neilly 35, 15, 92, 622
  12. Friday December 28 Afternoon Session (1230) Fourth Round x3 Nathan Aspinall 2-4 Devon Petersen Benito Van de Pas 2-4 Brendan Dolan Ryan Joyce 1-4 James Wade 180s: Devon Petersen Evening Session (1900) Fourth Round x3 Ryan Searle 1-4 Michael Smith Jamie Lewis 2-4 Dave Chisnall Rob Cross 4-1 Luke Humphries 180s: Dave Chisnall
  13. Day 12 Leaderboard Results, Scores, 180s, Points 1. Dysart 53, 19, 115, 905 2. Callum-Ayr 50, 18, 141, 879 3. Davied85 49, 19, 122, 860 4. F_T_Y 53, 13, 124, 844 5. Same_Ol_G35 51, 15, 117, 837 6. Davis Love III 52, 14, 125, 837 7. Diamond_For_Life 50, 13, 135, 813 8. The Naitch 50, 15, 97, 807 9. Stuarty 51, 12, 131, 807 10. Betting Competition 49, 11, 142, 784 11. Honestly United 44, 14, 119, 747 12. Neilly 35, 15, 92, 622 13. MicroDave 40, 7, 87, 581
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