It's 1 in the morning, six hours after Todd Hamilton won the British Open, and the champion is peering through the window at Cecchini's Italian restaurant, the toughest table in Troon — even tougher now that it's closed. The waitstaff are slurping spaghetti and drinking wine, ignoring the freshly showered gentleman outside, and Hamilton steps back, unsure what to do. He is clutching the Claret Jug, which is embedded in foam inside an anodized steel case. The jug will earn him a visit with David Letterman, a 40-spot ride up the World Ranking, a five-year PGA Tour exemption, a place in the 16-player field at the World Match Play in Surrey, England (last-place money: about $138,000), a trip to Hawaii for the Grand Slam of Golf (last-place money: $150,000), a lifetime of goodwill from Troon to Tokyo, a place in history. But right now, standing out on lonely Portland Street, Hamilton is unsure of the thing's power. Twenty minutes ago at his rented house, where his mother tucked his and wife Jacque's three kids into bed, he needed help just opening the case.
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