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The Open Championship

R&A Under Fire for Changes to St. Andrews Road Hole

“It’s only my opinion and carries no weight, but I will say ‘Forgive them Old Tom for they know not what they do,” raged Melvyn Hunter Morrow, when he heard the R&A will lengthen the iconic Road Hole – the 17th at The Old Course at St. Andrews – by building a new tee on part of the adjacent Eden Course. “Certainly, Peter Dawson seems totally in...

Sal Johnson, Golf Observer Preview the 2009 British Open at Turnberry

Sal Johnson, our great James Joyce of a golf writer, has this excellent preview of the British Open. From the article: # Key stat for the winner: The ability to adjust to the elements, especially wind and rain, is often crucial at the Open Championship. In 1986 when the Open was played at Turnberry, Greg Norman was the best at in some terrible conditions and was able...

Irish Golf Desk has Harrington at Turnberry – They grew U.S. Open rough?!?

For all your European Tour needs, tune in to Brian Keogh and the Irish Golf Desk. Today, Brian has photos and a write up of back-to-back defending British Open champion Padraig Harrington at Turnberry. Also, check out Brian’s great Irish golf travel tips! ***UPDATE*** Keogh says Harrington told him they grew massive, thick, U.S. Open rough!!! From the article...

Turnberrys and Cream – Pros Might Eat “The Pebble Beach of the U.K.” for Breakfast at British Open

(Photo of 9 tee at Turnberry Ailsa Course courtesy of Stewart Abramson) With a coastline that has inspired centuries of marriage proposals, ancient ruins historic enough to warrant their own university class, and a sports pedigree equal to nearly every venue on Earth, the stunning Ailsa Course at the Turnberry Resort may be the most romantic and antique place to...

Open Championship Trivia: Venues for the British Open

Here’s a sure bar bet for you.  Since 1860, only 14 golf courses have hosted the British Open.  Can you name them all? Birkdale St. George’s (Sandwich) Lytham and St. Anne’s TOC (that’s The Old Course at St. Andrew’s for the acronymically challenged) Muirfield Carnoustie Musselburgh Deal Troon Hoylake (Liverpool) Princes (that’s...