The Open-Open double does not happen in golf. (Basically) nobody takes the U.S. version and then swipes its elder brother across the pond as well. It has not happened in 20 years, and it’s only happened once in the last 30. Opens are bloodbaths. To escape once is a magic trick. To do so twice within six weeks would have been an aggressive bit for even Houdini.

Many have tried. Many have wilted. Most recently, Jordan Spieth in 2015 after he won both the Masters and U.S. Open. He took the Open double dream (and the calendar-year slam) to the 71st hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews. It died two deaths. One on the Road Hole, one in the Valley of Sin.

Nobody has gotten close since that day, but Jon Rahm, who took the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines last month, goes to Royal St. George’s as the heavy favorite at 7-1 (per…

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