The Links: Rory McIlroy took some cash off Darren Clarke

Rory McIlroy won his money game with Darren Clarke, it seems. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy won his money game with Darren Clarke, it seems. (Getty Images)

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Day three of the British Open week is in the books and all that's left is 72 holes of tremendous golf. Here are The Links for Wednesday, British Open style.

Looks like Rory McIlroy took a couple of bills off Darren Clarke's hands. (Twitter)

After players were told not to bet on the Open. (ESPN)

Speaking of Clarke, he told a bunch of kids that if he wasn't a golfer he'd probably be a drunk. (Irish Golf Desk)

Cool story on how 2-irons are used at The Open. (NYT)

"It's like buying a lottery ticket worth $200m and then dropping it in the can and watching the numbers wash away." (BBC)

Henrik Stenson has jokes! (Twitter)

Quite the lede here: Old Tom Morris would barely recognize the British Open these days. (NYT)

10 things you might not know about Hoylake. (The Open)

Jason Day's thumb needs a Twitter account. (Golf Channel)

Cool look back at all of Tiger's Open appearances. (NYT)

Paul Lawrie on the stars of today: "There are 10 or 11 guys who are mega, mega good, whereas Tiger was just that much better than everyone of that era." (Sports Illustrated)

How about Mikko Ilonen to win the British Open? (ESPN UK)

Nick Faldo: "I'm just here out of curiosity. Making the cut is my goal as I haven't done that for many moons." (BBC)

Tom Watson on his cousin Bubba: "He's a special player. He's got the right shots to be able to hold the ball up in the crosswinds we are going to get here, left to right, or right to left. He's a real shotmaker." (NYT)

The factory worker who qualified locally for the tournament: "The best scenario would be to win it, of course." (BBC)

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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