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Molinari: Golfer Par Excellence

Date: 23 July 2018
Category: Current Events, Entertainment, Grammar, History, Homophones, Spelling

This past weekend Francesco Molinari became the first player from Italy to ever win “The British Open”  at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. “The Open,” as it is more reverently called, has claim to being the oldest of the four annual major championships in professional golf, having first been played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, also in Scotland.

Although used as common terminology when referencing any golf course, a links style layout is traditionally found in the British Isles and set along the seacoast. They are designed with several challenging bumps, slopes, few trees, and deep bunkers. Also, the first nine holes typically run straight out, with the 10th hole then starting to face back toward the clubhouse. The word itself means “a ridge.”

On the other hand (or paw), a lynx is a wildcat common in Europe that lives in high altitude forests, preying upon deer, fox, sheep, goats, etc. They are characterized by their short tails, black tufts on their ears, and large, padded paws. The body color of a lynx varies depending upon its environment, from medium brown to beige-white.The species had been considered extinct in Italy until around the turn of the 21st century when they began to reappear near the country’s northern border at Switzerland.

As a personification of this wild cat genus, famed for elusiveness and ferocity, as well as for keen eyesight, this Turin-born, Italian “lynx” (Molinari) stealthily broke out of the pack of some of the world’s better-known golfers, rediscovered his putting stroke, preyed on two birdies, and digested 16 pars during the final round of the tournament to earn having his name engraved on the Claret Jug trophy.

For more information on these unique types of golf courses, click on the following links: here, here, and here.

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