Marino's first Open experience

TURNBERRY, Scotland – Dressed head-to-toe in rain gear, Steve Marino sauntered off one of the putting greens, headed to the first tee for a practice round at Turnberry.

The thought occurred: Was this his first British Open?

Marino confirmed it was. In fact, “It’s the first time I’ve seen links,” he said. “The only other time I’ve been overseas is Japan.”

And we all know that you don’t find links golf in Japan, right?

Marino smiled, then said he was headed to the course to see what it was all about. He had been entered into the Open Championship Sunday when Shingo Katayama withdrew and Marino was excited about the experience.

Good thing, too, because within two minutes the sky opened up and sheets of rain came down. Welcome to the British Open, Steve.

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