I’d like to thank God, my team and the wonderful Northern Irish support.
Royal Portrush may have got battered by the rains and the winds but we stood unbowed mostly on the course although at the worst of it we did take shelter in The Open Arms.
The hospitality in the Spectators’ Village and entertainment in the Swing Zone were first class.
Punters were given the opportunity to reprise iconic shots from Opens past in the golf driving simulator, Padraig Harrington at the 17th at Royal Birkdale, Ernie Els’s ace at Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp and Jack Nicklaus’s drive at the 18th at St Andrew’s in his play-off victory.
And also practise Brooks Koepka’s swing in the robotic feature. Poor Brooks, as you’ll have seen didn’t bring his swing out onto the course.
Coaches were at hand too to given lessons and I got a very handy tip… take up tennis.
As usual with the Open it was a truly international mix and it was great to chat golf with fans from all around the world.
The organisation was superb with the movement of people in and out seemless.
Now that the R&A Have reintroduced The Open to the North I heard that they want to hold it here three more times in the next 40 years.
It only leaves me to say a big thank you to the Clayton Hotel Belfast www.claytonhotelbelfast.com and Northern Ireland Tourism www.tourismni for inviting me along.
It was a splash hit.
Now to fill that jug with Claret .My round… at The Open in Portrush