Paige Spiranac issued a warning to golf fans ahead of the last major event of the season, the Open Championship, which gets underway on Thursday at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course.
Spiranac posted a video on Monday reminding everyone who planned to tune in and talk about the coverage that isn’t actually called the British Open.
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«The premier season in golf is sadly coming to a close with The Open this week and its yearly reminder to say ‘The Open’ and not ‘The British Open’ or else will blow a purist golfer’s mind.» Spiranac said before delving further. in a small preview of the tournament.
Cameron Smith is the defending champion heading to The Open. He shot a 64 in the final round to edge out Cameron Young and Rory McIlroy for the championship. A month later he would officially join LIV Golf and compete in the second half of the Saudi-backed league’s inaugural season.
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Smith had to return the Claret Jug to the organizers on the Monday before the start of the tournament.
«I was actually holding back some tears. A moment, I guess, that crossed my mind,» he said. “It was not difficult to return it. I wasn’t like, ‘Don’t let go.’ But it was a moment where I guess you don’t think, and then all of a sudden it’s there. And you want it back.»
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Smith has performed well this year. He has had top-10 finishes at two of the three majors so far this season. He was fourth at the US Open and tied for ninth at the PGA Championship. He also has a season win at LIV Golf this year, in London.
Associated Press contributed to this report.