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July 20, 2017 - 7:03am
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Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas is going with a sharp, throwback look for the first round of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

Earlier this week, we touched on the unique scripting Polo put in place for Justin Thomas at this week's Open Championship.

Thursday's first round outfit for Royal Birkdale was a real throwback and actually an idea conceived from Thomas himself.

Rather than a regular, short-sleeved, polo shirt like we're accustomed to seeing, Thomas and Polo put together an outfit that included a shirt, tie and cardigan sweater -- an ode to the earlier years of the Open.

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On Thursday, we finally got to see Thomas in the get up ahead of his first round:

"I feel like this is the only tournament where I can really get away with it," he said.

Thomas pitched the idea of a tie to Polo. He remembered wearing one during the 2013 Walker Cup and figured it would be a nice touch.

The 24-year-old, four-time PGA Tour winner -- three of those since last October -- is playing in just his second Open Championship. He's also coming off his first top 10 in a major, having finished T9 at Erin Hills last month in the U.S. Open.

July 20, 2017 - 6:22am
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Stuart Manley
Nothing can derail an Open Championship round faster than a trip to a pot bunker. For Stuart Manley, that was no problem on the 17th hole at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

Avoid pot bunkers at all costs. There's pretty much nothing that can derail a round at an Open Championship quicker than a visit to a pot bunker with those nasty revetted lips.

After his second shot found the greenside pot bunker on the par-5 17th at Royal Birkdale on Thursday morning in the first round of the Open, Stuart Manley of Wales looked to be -- how do we put this -- not in the best of shape.

For Manley, it turned out that trip to the bunker was no problem at all. Instead of struggling to get out and hold what little green he had to work with, Manley went ahead and holed it for an unlikely eagle:

That shot got Manley to 1 under for the day. He would also convert a lengthy birdie putt at the 18th hole to snag the early clubhouse lead with a 2-under 68.

What a bunker shot that was.

Kevin Na
During Wednesday's final practice round ahead of the 146th Open Championship beginning on Thursday, Kevin Na aced the 200-yard, par-3 14th hole at Royal Birkdale.

No matter your level of ability, we've probably all hit at least one shot that we knew was going to be really good the split-second the ball left the clubface.

That's what Kevin Na was feeling when he struck his tee shot at the par-3 14th hole at Royal Birkdale on Thursday during his final preparations for the Open Championship, which begins on Thursday.

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As soon as Na hit the shot, he let out an enthusiastic, "Oh baby!"

His enthusiasm was warranted. Moments later, the ball found the bottom of the cup at the 200-yard hole for the week's first ace.

Best of all? It was captured on video:

Na's reaction is awesome. He loved the shot the whole way.

July 19, 2017 - 9:23am
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Jimmy Walker
2016 PGA Champion Jimmy Walker has one of the sweetest baseball swings you'll ever see from a non-baseball player.

Jimmy Walker counts former MLB pitcher and two-time World Series champion Josh Beckett as one of his dearest friends. So much so, that Walker's youngest son's first name is actually, "Beckett."

So, it should come as no surprise that Jimmy Walker is a fan of our national pastime.

What might come as a surprise though is how sweet the baseball swing is of the 2016 PGA Champion.

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After a day of practice at Royal Birkdale on Tuesday, Walker hit the beach along the Irish Sea with some buddies and take some cuts.

Check out this bomb:


Just hitting hammers!!! Sandlot Foooorrrrreeevvvvveeerrrrr!!!!!

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One of my co-workers called the swing "Frank Thomas-esque" while another said it reminded him of "Ken Griffey Jr. with the backward hat too."

Surely Walker would be delighted with either of those comparisons. Lucky for Walker though, it wasn't Josh Beckett on the bump. If it was, the next pitch would have been some sweet chin music. 

July 18, 2017 - 9:49am
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Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas will be sporting a tie in the first round of the British Open on Thursday at Royal Birkdale.

Just like players hope to bring out their very best for the four majors each season, for the last several years, clothing companies have worked to do the same.

With each major, golf media inboxes are flooded with "player scripting" for golf's big four and this week's Open Championship is no exception.

In year's past, we've seen Ian Poulter in Union Jack pants, pants that feature the Claret Jug and more.

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This year, it will likely by Justin Thomas we steals the headlines with his classy get up from Polo, which he's scripted to wear in Round 1.

That script will include a button-down shirt, tie and cardigan for the four-time PGA Tour winner.

Check it out:

Now that's sharp.