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‘It feels like Christmas Day!’

A return to golf in England came gift-wrapped for correspondent Alistair Tait and his faithful 4-legged companion Izzy, ending a 2-month shutdown that tested man and beast alike

Alistair Tait dog Izzy
Izzy retrieves her master's headcover

That was golf writer Alistair Tait’ s reaction upon being able to play golf Wednesday, when England reopened its courses as part of the golf world’s slow return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tait, an occasional contributor to Morning Read, lives north of London and plays Woburn Golf Club. He returned to golf after a two-month absence with a two-ball match on Woburn’s Duke’s Course and wrote about the experience on his blog, Morning Read subscribers might recall that Tait wrote recently about golf with his dog and how canines are far more welcome as golf companions in the British Isles than they are in the United States (“Golf and dogs: U.K. unleashes ideal pairing,” March 10). His faithful companion Izzy came along for the walk at Woburn, but even her presence wasn’t enough for Tait to wrangle a full point from his opponent as he settled for a halve. Then again, as Tait wrote, any score or result was secondary to the experience of being on a golf course again. Many of us can relate.

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