John Deere Classic

Some rough-and-tumble golf is being played down the street from Royal Birkdale

Some rough-and-tumble golf is being played down the street from Royal Birkdale

Poulter versus Daly.

It was the British Open showdown this week that nobody saw.

To be clear, it was an eight-hole match between a couple of 13-year-old pals — Luke Poulter, son of Tour pro Ian, and John Daly Jr., one of the longest hitters golf has ever known.

They played down the road at Southport & Ainsdale, and Poulter won by one stroke.

“One was very upset when he'd come back in the house, and unfortunately that was little John,” the elder Poulter said Friday. “But Luke was kind of rubbing it in, as he took a 20-pound note from him. So poor little John was not best pleased.”

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