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From Robert MacIntyre's fore fury to super Streelman: Five Open stories you may have missed at Royal Portrush

Ideal headgear for a soggy Sunday...
Ideal headgear for a soggy Sunday...
A full house enjoyed an enthralling first day at The Open Championship.
Danielle McCarthy, Marie McNeela, Lily McNeela, Ayda-Grace McCarthy (2), Iain McCarthy, Harris McCarthy (5), and Cohen McCarthy (7) enjoy the golf at Royal Portrush. Click through the images to see the best shots from the the third round at The Open. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Robert, George (4), and Kelly McFarland. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Pako Pim, Erin Pim (11), and Lesley Pim. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Chairperson of the ILGU Clodagh Hopkins, Dermot Furey, and President of the ILGU Brigid McCaw. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Mike Liall, Martin Roberts, Roy Pritchard from New Zealand, and Freddie Buxton. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Pako Pim, Erin Pim (11), and Lesley Pim. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Suzanna, Michelle, and Gavin (aged 6) Higgins. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Pacemaker - Belfast - -20/07/2019. Graeme Mc Dowellat The 148th Open at Royal Portrush Third round Saturday Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Douglas and Lewis (aged 4) Band. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Russell and Bernie McKenna, with Darragh, Sophie, and Tadhg McKenna. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: DUP Leader Arlene Foster with Wilma Erskine, secretary and manager of Royal Portrush Golf Club. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Pako Pim, Erin Pim (11), and Lesley Pim. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Derek Maguire, Leanne Courtney, Caroline Courtney, Chris Courtney and Gerry Maguire. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Kevin McGuigan, Kian McGuigan,(aged 5), Ella McGuigan (aged 5), and Fergal McGuigan. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Suzanna, Michelle, and Gavin (aged 6) Higgins. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Suzanna, Michelle, and Gavin (aged 6) Higgins. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th July 2019 Pictured: Russell and Bernie McKenna, with Darragh, Sophie, and Tadhg McKenna. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
A view across the 6th and 8th greens during day three of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 20, 2019. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing.
Large crowds follow Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell on the 2nd green during day four of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 21, 2019. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing.
Large crowds gather around the 2nd green during day four of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 21, 2019. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing.
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: The scoreboard is pictured during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
England's Callum Shinkwin tees off the 1st during day three of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 20, 2019. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing.
A spectator walks the course during day three of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 20, 2019. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing.
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: A general view of the 18th green during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The scoreboard is updated during the third round of the British Open golf Championships at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 20, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: Tyrrell Hatton of England watches his shot from the third tee during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: Tony Finau of the United States walks on the third hole during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Actor James Nesbitt watches the action during day three of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 20, 2019. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing.
Spain's Sergio Garcia putts at the 17th hole during the third round of the British Open golf Championships at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 20, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: J.B. Holmes of the United States walks onto the first tee during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
England's Justin Rose tees off the 6th during day three of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 20, 2019. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing.
England's Lee Westwood tees off the 6th during day three of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 20, 2019. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing.
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: A general view over the eighth hole during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

As Shane Lowry shot to the top, Rory McIlroy agonisingly shot left of the final green and missed the cut, and Darren Clarke shot off to somewhere else, other things were happening at Royal Portrush yesterday.

Here are five stories you may have missed from Friday's action...

Robert MacIntyre has a barney

We've almost become accustomed to professional golfers not yelling fore when they hit a wayward shot and instead just pointing in the general direction of where the ball is going.

Robert MacIntyre will not stand for that.

The Scottish lefty, who broke onto the scene this year, ended up locked in a war of words with playing partner Kyle Stanley during their second round yesterday after the American sent a shot into the crowd on 17 without a shout.

Incredibly, of all the people for it to hit, it struck the mother of MacIntyre's caddy Greg Milne, and it was the second time Stanley hadn't shouted 'fore' when he hit the ball into the crowd.

"Coming down the last I wasn't happy with what had happened on the 17th," said the 22-year-old, who is two-under par for the tournament.

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"I told him how it was. I said I wasn't happy and he didn't really like my response. There were harsh words. It wasn't too pleasant. But you've got to tell him it's not right. He didn't take it well at all."

There is generally a difference on the PGA and European Tours on whether or not shouting 'fore' is necessary. In America, it is not a requirement. In Europe, players are fined if they don't shout.

Either way, MacIntyre has earned a lot of respect for his stance.

 

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Kevin Streelman tees off at the 6th at the Open Championship held at Royal Portrush (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Kevin Streelman's remarkable 65 to make the cut

After a six-over 77 in Thursday's first round, only one shot better than Tiger Woods and two to the right side of Rory McIlroy's ghastly 79, there wasn't exactly much optimism floating around that Kevin Streelman would make the weekend either.

As World No.88, he's not exactly the first man you think of when it comes to pulling a massive round out of the bag either, particularly after going so high on day one.

But all credit to the American, when the chips were down on Friday he pulled off all the shots he needed.

Four birdies dropped in his first seven holes, including three of the opening four, with only a bogey at the eighth preventing another birdie at the ninth giving him the tied best front nine alongside Shane Lowry.

Still, he continued his form on the back nine, not dropping a shot on his way home and picking up two more strokes at the 12th and 14th to card a six-under 65 and actually make the cut one stroke UNDER the line.

His round was the tied lowest for the day, and the tournament so far, with McIlroy and Xander Schauffele, and he tees off at 11.30am alongside Joost Luiten (E). Sensational shooting!

 

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David Duval during day two of The Open Championship at Royal Portrush (Richard Sellers/PA)

The mess that was David Duval's scorecard

I know what you're thinking: "But Adam, we know all about his 14 on the seventh on Thursday, this is old news."

Sure it is. But did you know he then went and shot an eight-over front nine on Friday too?

Looking to at least save face after a simply dreadful opening round of 91 (+20), Duval set about it in completely the wrong way, the 2001 champion golfer bogeying the first and then triple-bogeying the second, before adding further bogeys at fourth, fifth and eighth to turn in a forgettable 44 and leave him at +28 for the tournament.

Amazingly, and maybe the best part of this particular story, is that he then went and shot a one-under back nine after two birdies (at the 10th and 17th) and one bogey (14), meaning that he finished on an ever-so-slightly more respectable TWENTY-SEVEN OVER PAR for the tournament.

In context, he hit THIRTY-FIVE shots more than our leading duo of Shane Lowry and JB Holmes over the course of 36 holes.

Penny for first reserve Martin Kaymer's thoughts, who will be sitting back in Germany knowing he could at least have challenged for the cut.

 

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James Sugrue on the 18th during day two of The Open Championship at Royal Portrush (Richard Sellers/PA Wire)

There will be no Silver Medal awarded this year

This was something we debated for a while yesterday as no amateurs made the cut at The Open, meaning there was a question over who received the annual award for the low amateur.

Initially we thought it would perhaps come down to a tie-breaker between James Sugrue and Takumi Kanaya of Japan for who would receive it, as both were the best finishing amateurs at two-over.

However, it has been confirmed that neither are eligible as you have to play all four rounds to be in with a chance of winning it.

It's heartbreaking for Sugrue, whose triple-bogey at the 14th yesterday has really come back to haunt him as, if he had even managed to limit it to a double-bogey six, he would already be guaranteed the award.

The first time the Silver Medal hasn't been awarded since 2016, but no doubt Sugrue will take so many positives from this week and the amazing experience he's had.

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Dustin Johnson celebrates a putt at the 18th hole of The Open at Royal Portrush (Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP)

Dustin Johnson sneakily going under the radar

He's three-under par, just five back of the lead going into the weekend, and nobody is talking about Dustin Johnson.

The World No.2 has been playing some seriously steady golf, to the extent that he made just two bogeys yesterday, and with a four-under 67 was one of the better players in round two.

Amazingly it could have been even better, he missed several putts that could have so easily gone in, and if he had then we'd be talking about him as one of main contenders going into today.

He still could be. Let's wait and see how he goes today, but a very good round could have him up in the estimation of a lot of people going into Sunday.

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