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British Open 2023: 12 Beatles songs that were actually about golf

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As the 2023 Open Championship tees off at Royal Liverpool, we find hidden meaning in The Beatles' greatest B-sides and biggest hits.

"Here Comes the Sun"
A euphoric George Harrison reacts to a turn in the forecast ahead of an upcoming buddies trip.

"Help!"
Ringo Starr’s case of the shanks reaches a new level of desperation.

"Long, Long, Long"
Originally penned as a protest song against golf-ball rollback.

"Fool on the Hill"
John Lennon laments coming up woefully short after not accounting for slope when going for the green.

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"Drive My Car"
The original title was “Drive My Cart,” but cart didn’t rhyme as well with “star.”

"Let It Be"
Paul McCartney identifies a glaring issue with George’s putting stroke but decides to not say anything.

"Here, There and Everywhere"
Written by Paul during a phase in which he had no clue where his driver was going.

"Wait"
Known as “The Ballad of Patrick Cantlay” during “Rubber Soul” recording sessions.

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"I Am the Walrus"
Written as a tribute to Craig Stadler, who roadied for the Beatles in the 1960s.

"Fixing a Hole"
A musical recitation of plans to add a bunker to front the 14th green at John’s home course.

"And Your Bird Can Sing"
Fun fact: Ringo found himself whistling the melody one day after a particularly hot stretch of birdies.

Is it the British Open or the Open Championship? The name of the final men’s major of the golf season is a subject of continued discussion. The event’s official name, as explained in this op-ed by former R&A chairman Ian Pattinson, is the Open Championship. But since many United States golf fans continue to refer to it as the British Open, and search news around the event accordingly, Golf Digest continues to utilize both names in its coverage.