While it's a bit of a blow for the tournament's rota-model and the steady run of pure or almost-pure links, Renaissance should retain enough links-like golf to entice top players. This also means a nice, steady East Lothian presence that will be popular with many.
There is no question I have loved the great game of golf since first picking up a club at age 10, but I could argue that it is competition that stirred me as much more more than the game itself. I realized late in life that golf was my primary and life-long vehicle to competition, so when I lost my ability to compete, I lost some of my desire to play the game. But for many decades, golf quenched that thirst like little else, and there was and remains perhaps no confluence of all the elements of competition greater than the Ryder Cup. JACK NICKLAUS