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By: George Peper

Like: This time of the year on the pro tours—two weeks of watching the world’s best players tackle links golf. When else can we see what happened yesterday, Rory McIlroy driving the green of a 436-yard par four? The weekend surely will bring more such entertainment, both ecstasy and agony, courtesy of the hard, fast, wind-blown turf, both with the men in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen (above) and the ladies in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Don’t Like: The outlook for the Open Championship next week at Hoylake, where it appears the bounce-and-roll aspect won’t be nearly what it was when Tiger won there eight years ago, hitting only one driver in 72 holes. According to the latest reports, the course is much more lush this time around, the fairways are not running much, the rough is thick, and rain is in the forecast almost every day for the next week, meaning things are not going to get any faster. Last month brought us a U.S. Open that played a bit like an Open Championship; next week may bring an Open Championship that plays a bit like a U.S. Open.

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