The British Open seems to be attracting a little more heat this year by virtue of its newfound status as the season’s final major and the fact that a different course — Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland — has cracked the R&A’s rotation. It’s not an entirely new track, as Portrush hosted the tournament way back in 1951, but it’s new enough (and heralded as one of the world’s best courses) to make things a little more exciting.
Royal Portrush is five hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and, because it’s situated so far north, will get more than 16½ hours of daylight each day during the British Open (for comparison’s sake, that’s more than two hours longer than Washington at the same time). With so much daylight to work with, everyone can tee off at hole No. 1 on Thursday and Friday without fear of having play halted by darkness.
Here’s what you need to know.