by Rick Brown - Indianpolis Star
When Zach Johnson first started to make the trip overseas to play in the British Open, in 2004, the Iowa native wondered what all the buzz was about.
He missed the cut that year, at Royal Troon, in the first major championship appearance of his career. He also missed the cut in his next two attempts, at St. Andrews in 2005 and Royal Liverpool in 2006.
But he’s acquired a taste for the oldest of the season’s four majors over time. And his newfound love affair for links golf, and the history and tradition of the British Open, continues Thursday at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
“At first I didn’t have any expectations, because I’d never done it,” said Johnson, who tees off at 3:09 a.m. (Iowa time) Thursday with defending champion Darren Clarke and Ernie Els. “I heard everyone say it was great. I thought, “Like really?’ It doesn’t look that good. You just learn to appreciate it. You can’t not appreciate it.”
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