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July 20, 2017 - 8:19am
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Charley Hoffman
After a less than stellar drive to begin the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on Thursday, Charley Hoffman recovered better than he ever could have reasonably thought.

Charley Hoffman's tee shot on the first hole at Royal Birkdale on Thursday morning was less than ideal.

It sailed right on him and wound up in some of that wispy rough.

It was the kind of spot where you're hoping to exit the green having applied minimal damage to your scorecard.

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How's a "2" for minimal damage?

That's precisely what Hoffman did. He holed his second shot on the 435-yard par 4 for an incredible eagle.

Just like that, one hole in, Hoffman is 2 under:

And that was an impressive reaction too... Acting like he's done it before.

July 20, 2017 - 8:08am
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British Open Championship Golf
They don't make video games quite like they used to (they're waaay more realistic now). But this one from 1997 was one of our favorites.

Before all the cool gaming that's available today, CD-ROM is where it was at.

If you're under the age of 35, you might not even remember what that was. Basically, you would by a game -- on CD -- to slip into your desktop computer.

This morning, in honor of the start of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and throwback Thursday, we remember one of our favorites: "British Open Championship Golf" from 1997.

Does anyone else remember this?

At the time, it was the most realistic golf game ever made.

Here's a look at the old trailer from the game released 20 years ago:

As someone in our office pointed out, the #toursauce on display in at the 35-second mark is remarkable. The player (who looks like a young Arnold Palmer), turns around to acknowledge the galleries with a wave a split second after striking the chip and well before it even found the bottom of the cup. Fantastic:

Here are a couple of other screenshots from the game, thanks to

Loved that game.

July 20, 2017 - 7:33am
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Andrew 'Beef' Johnston
Andrew 'Beef' Johnston loves giving his fans something to cheer for. He did just that early in his round on Thursday.

Andrew "Beef" Johnston has become a cult hero over the last couple of years and deservedly so.

He's a guy who's comfortable in his own skin, has a distinctive look and couldn't be more accommodating to his adoring fans. He's golf's "every man."

So, whenever golf galleries have a reason to cheer the big man with the big beard, you'd better believe they're going to do just that.

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On Thursday, in the first round of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Beef gave the fans a reason at the sixth hole with this impressive birdie chip in from just off the green:

That shot moved Beef to 1 over for the round. The 28-year-old from England finished eighth in the Open at Troon a year ago.

July 20, 2017 - 6:03am
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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 - 5:22am
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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.