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OPEN DIARY; Champ's new best friend...

Byline: MIKE WALTERS

US OPEN champion Rory McIlroy will be trailed by huge galleries at The Open after discovering his Midas touch at Congressional.

So how appropriate that the loyal following for his practice round at Sandwich yesterday included a dog - called Midas.

Bub's arch enemies

BUBBA WATSON (above) will be trying to stay on the right side of the locals at Sandwich having upset Parisiennes at the French Open by mocking the Arc de Triomphe. "I didn't mean to be rude," he said.

Karlsson an early birdie

KEEN as mustard, if not keener, first to clock on in the clubhouse at 8am on Sunday, when R&A officials opened the tournament register, was Sweden's Robert Karlsson.

MIKE WALTERS
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 12, 2011
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