Newport was a winning venue
I'll admit I didn't know much about Newport Country Club before making the trek this week -- only that it hosted the first-ever USGA championship in 1895 and hasn't held an event of much stature since the 1995 U.S. Amateur -- but I was enamored with the old-style links course upon first glimpse.
With blustery winds blowing in from the ocean and tall, fescue-like grass outside of the primary cut of rough, the venue had the feel of a British Open rather than a U.S.-based tournament, a motion many players seconded in giving their blessings on the course.
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