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British Open or Open Championship?

TURNBERRY, Scotland – We Brits can get a bit sniffy about the title of this great championship. The official name is the Open Championship, so we get a bit agitated when it gets referred to as the British Open.

Of course, people from around the world usually prefer the latter title. Why wouldn’t they? The championship is, after all, played in Britain.

Imagine the flak Ian Poulter has got for continually calling the tournament the British Open.

“I did say it the other day and got caught up on it,” Poulter said. “So sorry, ‘Open Championship.’”

Poulter then asked a very good question: “Does it really matter?”

The answer, of course, is no. Still, Poulter vowed to call the tournament by its proper title from now on.

“Sorry if I offend anybody with saying it or having said it. It won’t happen again.”

The Englishman shouldn’t get his knickers in a twist. Even the R&A has been known to slip up on the title. I remember watching an old R&A film in which one former R & A secretary refers to the tournament as the “British Open.”

So if the R&A can do it, then Poulter shouldn’t feel too bad.

However, the bottom line is it doesn’t really matter, despite what the purists say.

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