sport news The Open 2019: Brooks Koepka shines thanks to local hero Ricky Elliott

Brooks Koepka shines at The Open thanks to local hero Ricky Elliott as Irish caddie helps world's top golfer make fine start at Royal Portrush

By Mike Dickson for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:42 BST, 18 July 2019 | Updated: 22:47 BST, 18 July 2019

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The world's top golfer walked among the people of Northern Ireland on Thursday, accompanied by one of their own.

Brooks Koepka had not just a caddie but a mascot in Portrush's Ricky Elliott, yet still there was curiously little buzz around the man who has won three of golf's biggest prizes from the last six available.

All was relatively sedate as he played alongside Shubhankar Sharma and Louis Oosthuizen.

Brooks Koepka was greeted by fans as he walked to the 17th hole during Thursday's first round

Brooks Koepka was greeted by fans as he walked to the 17th hole during Thursday's first round

Once he and local boy Elliott had moved past the throngs lining the first fairway, this seemed much like any other threesome.

Meanwhile, Koepka's devotees on social media were, not for the first time, wondering why television was virtually

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