This year's tilt will be the 118th in history and will take place at Shinnecock on Long Island. If the name sounds familiar to those casual fans, it's for good reason. All you golf nerds like me already know the stories, the Opens, the triumph and the (relative) tragedy this legendary golf course has seen. 
It's not major season just yet, but we've already got a new candidate for tournament of the year -- the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship.  Yet again, the world's best golfers needed extra holes -- or in this case, hole -- to resolve their differences. Despite the insane heroics on 18 in regulation, Justin Thomas was unable to stop the surging Phil Mickelson. 
The 2018 PGA Tour season is officially off and running now that the Sentry Tournament of Champions is in the books. Next, the world's best hop islands to Oahu for the Sony Open in Hawaii -- but before we put Maui in the rear-view mirror, it's time to take a look at the aces, bogeys and worse from the week that was at Kapalua. 
The third week of July is arguably the most important of the golfing year -- depending on which side of the pond you reside. The Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale for the first time since 2008 and while all eyes will be on the big names there are plenty of ancillary characters looking to make their mark on the history books over the next four days.