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Matteo Manassero

Watching the royals at the British Open

Watching the royals at the British Open

HOYLAKE, England — From a little hill directly behind the 14th green at this year's British Open, we sit in the gorse and wait for the greats. First would come the Aging King. Two groups later, the Apparent Heir. The excitement builds along the ropes for the appearances of AK and AH, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Thursday's first round at Royal Liverpool is played in a tropical setting. Soft clouds drift overhead, gentle breezes keep temperatures in the mid-70s. People who don't wear shorts are sorry. This is England, but it could have been Tahiti. Weather experts here say they expect another day like this. In 2017. The gorse surrounds and cushions us like a...