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Cameron Smith and Justin Thomas at the Open

Ross Kinnaird

Hello friends, especially those of you who mourn the end of the great men’s season! The Open Championship went well, and it was extremely fun to watch golfers take their social media accounts to the other side of the pond. Players, caddies and fans always take it to the next level at major tournaments, and this week was no exception. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed that Rory McIlroy just came in short, but between Max Homa playing Tiger, Shane Lowry’s back-to-back Eagles on Saturday and Cam Smith’s crazy Sunday, there’s been a lot memorable moments from this year’s Open.

I also find it quite interesting that the big male winner this year is Justin Thomas! Twenty-five is the new 35 on the circuit and I can’t wait for a 15-year-old to win a major in the next decade.

Let’s take it from the top.

Spieth’s ice cream, Tiger’s glizzy

To know me is to know that I love ice cream. I keep a running list in my Notes app of all the ice cream spots I’ve visited (well, since 2016) along with a ranking and general scoop observations. So I was delighted to see that Jordan Spieth enjoyed a cone at the Home of Golf last week!

A few things to note here. First of all, this man is going absolutely IN on this ice. Maybe a mug would have been more appropriate for this situation just because he was playing golf, after all. Luckily for Spieth, his agent, Jay Danzi, was there to act as a cone caddy.

It must be nice! The closest to this level of luxury is when my sister holds my ice cream while I drive home. Other than that, I carry my own cones.

Then we have Tiger doing something normal, which for some reason is always fun to watch.

Mr. Eldrick Tont Woods, grabbing a hot dog on the turn! Like any old man on any old course, except he’s a 15-time major winner and that was taken at one of the craziest places in golf (Adare Manor in JP McManus Pro-Am last week).

JT gets tweeted

Justin Thomas hit the kind of high you’d see at your local driving range on Thursday at The Open. The kind you only knock when playing through a group so you have a crowd.

He explained it on Twitter after his tour, but I only saw video proof of it a few hours ago.

To be viewed with caution:

So it was only fitting that his playing partner, Shane Lowry, mocked Thomas on Friday when he landed a much better tee shot on 18 at St. Andrews. I would like to take a moment to personally thank Bryan Scutt for sharing this wonderful clip on Twitter. Content warning: swear words included.

Lowry said “Much improved anyway!” to which Thomas replied, “shut the f— up.” I like good friendly banter, and I really like that during a major championship. I also love knowing that even a three-time major winner isn’t immune to being mocked on the golf course.

Lowry shared the following clip of his consecutive eagles (!) on Saturday, and JT returned the favor with his own response:

Then Smylie Kaufman got into it, and now I’m extremely curious to know what happened at PGA National!

Winners in airplanes!

The following photos of Cameron Smith were shared as he drove through the airport after winning the Open, and it got me thinking: Do players travel like the rest of us after winning an event, the best kind of golf pictures?

That’s okay, just store the Claret pitcher in the top bin! We also can’t forget past winners who made similar moves.

Golfers doing normal things with Claret pitchers and green jackets will never be funny to me. While the rest of us try to navigate the safety of our laptops and iPads, these guys are carrying pieces of history with them. I can’t help wondering how many people each winner was recognized by. Anyway, I hope to see more flying pro content in the future.

Cameron Smith breaks a LONG streak

History is always made in the majors, but some serious history was made on Sunday at the Open. Not only Cameron Smith won his first major, he broke the barrier for Camerons around the world by becoming the first ever Cam to win a major. The first open championship was played in 1860, so that streak lasted 162 long years before Smith arrived. Huge news for the Camerons there!

Hopefully this now opens the floodgates. With Cameron Young hanging around and several other Camerons lurking (see Tringale, Davis, champion), it might not be long before we see another Cameron with a big win.

Brooks hits the town

Missing the cut is never fun, but at least missing the cut at The Old Course means you have a bit more time to hang out in St. Andrews. And that’s exactly what Brooks Koepka and Jena Sims did over the weekend before they left for their honeymoon. It’s not uncommon to see the pros move to St. Andrews, but it’s safe to say people were thrilled to see the four-time major champion.

Brooks Koepka and Jena Sims’ view of St. Andrews

Jena Sims

The two have now gone on their honeymoon, so even with a missed cut, it will be a good two weeks for Koepka.

Brooks Koepka and Jena Sims on honeymoon

Jena Sims

Tahoe!

Passing from The Open (which I will miss dearly). I spent a few days in Tahoe for the American Century Championship the week before the Open, and it reminded me that even people who can do anything choose to play golf. It’s always fun to see celebrities and athletes put their talents to use on the course and learn which ones are golf aficionados like the rest of us. When I got to chat with THE Nick Jonas, it’s safe to say my college self was freaking out. To be honest, in my mid-twenties, I was freaking out too. I couldn’t think of anything to ask Jonas as I stood next to him, so I blurted out the first thing that came to mind: “How do you like your clubs?” Very cool. Anyway, here’s our conversation about things other than his irons.

I also got to visit Travis Mathew’s activations while exploring the course, which meant that I ticked off two objectives: I got to practice my left-handed layups and buy a new t-shirt.

By far the most surreal (and my favorite) part of the American Championship of the Century was chatting with different athletes and celebrities about their own golf experiences. More information to come this week!

And finally, I got to see Miles Teller AKA “Rooster” hit a drive. I see a little Matthew Wolff in this movement…

Before I go – speaking of Rooster – I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this TaylorMade Top Gun-inspired video:

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Claire Rogers

Golf.com Editor

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