Open Championship player quotes from Royal Birkdale

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Former British Open victor Tony Jacklin borrowed a remark made famous by an erstwhile prime minister when he looked ahead to this week's Royal Birkdale major and declared that English golf had "never had it so good". This is still The Open and there's so many things that go into it. Rahm hits a huge golf ball and has been stunningly consistent at 22 years old.

"It had been long week two years ago at St. Andrews as it went through to a Monday finish and to have finished inside the top 50, and also to have qualified last week, I know I can handle myself well playing links golf".

I've done quite a bit of media stuff today, a few interviews, to try and get them out of the way so to speak so I can focus fully on my preparation.

"We were always going to come and see how it was instead of pulling out early".

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"I get so pumped up with the crowds and the kind of golf we have to play here, it obviously helps out".

Greg Norman thinks Jon Rahm could be the man to continue the sequence of first-time major winners at The Open next weekend. So that's pretty much more of the same that I've been able to do in a lot of majors and at The Open.

"For me growing up Royal Birkdale wasn't a course that I would be playing on", said Fleetwood, who when asked to name some of his favourite public spots in the town as a youngster picked golf courses. Other than Carnoustie and maybe Muirfield, it's one of the toughest Open venues we play. But we'll see how it plays throughout the week. I've been very relaxed in some Opens and I've played great and also been very relaxed and played maybe not as great as I would like to, but I don't think that it changes.

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My plan for this evening is to check into Southport's Vincent Hotel while I've booked a table in a nearby Asian-Pacific restaurant for 8pm to get some good food, may be washed down by a cool beer before starting the real work tomorrow.

"It has been nice to watch and be around during the process".

He said: "I am feeling okay, but it is something I am going to have to manage until the end of the year". So long as my good stuff stays good I'm not that despondent though and coming into this week it was great to play in a few events on links courses, the Irish and the Scottish, beforehand.

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