2016

  • Rory McIlroy...Olympic golf doesn't matter!

    Written by Courses & travel editor Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Q. Obviously this is the first chance you've had to compete in The Open since you lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool two years ago. How much are you looking forward to challenging here this week? RORY McILROY: Yeah, I'm excited to be back. Obviously missed last year at St. Andrews. It was one that I'd earmarked since...

  • Danny Willett laps it up at Silverstone and Wimbledon

    Written by Courses & travel editor Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Reigning Masters champion Danny Willett gives a fascinating insight into what it's like to be a major winner and gives his frank views on competing at the Olympics, his Open aspirations....and a lot moe besides. Q. How much would it mean for you to lift the Claret Jug this week? DANNY WILLETT: It would be amazing. It's everyone's to win,...

  • 'Mudder' Zach Johnson ready to defend Claret Jug

    Written by Courses & travel editor Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    American Zach Johnson reveals all about his Open-winning year, returning to the scene of his first Open in 2004, the Olympics.....and his total admiration for Tiger Woods. Q.I know this morning you returned the Claret Jug, and I guess a little bit sad to let it go. Can you talk us through your thoughts on coming back here this week as...

  • Jason Day turns to Tiger Woods for advice ahead of the Open

    Written by Edward Colman on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Speaking at Royal Troon ahead of the Open, Jason Day has been talking about what he learned from three time Open Champion Tiger Woods. “When I talk to him, it's about how mentally tough he was,” said Day. “Being able to -- I want to put it this way, he was the smartest guy -- not the smartest guy at times, but...

  • Emotional return to Troon for Colin Montgomerie

    Written by Courses & travel editor Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Colin Montgomerie talks about The Open, majors, his beloved Royal Troon....and hitting that opening tee shot at 6.45am on Thursday! Colin, you came through final qualifying to play here at Royal Troon, a place you obviously have great connections with, and you now have the honour of hitting the first tee shot on Thursday morning. Can you talk us through your...

  • Here's the final list of players for Olympic Golf

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Barely a day has passed during the last few months without another big-name player withdrawing from the Olympics. But a strong field still remains. With the Olympic Golf qualification period ending yesterday, we now have the final list of qualifiers.  Despite Jordan Spieth's last-minute withdrawal, Team USA looks favourite for a medal, with four players thanks to having four in the...

  • The Open leaderboard

    Written by Edward Colman on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    View the latest leaderboard for the Open Championship at Royal Troon. The Open leaderboard...

  • All you need to know about The Open

    Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    The Open Championship, or simply The Open (often referred to as the British Open), is the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. Held in the United Kingdom, it is administered by The R&A and is the only major outside the United States. The Open is currently the third major of the calendar year, following The Masters and...

  • Masters champ Danny Willett reveals what Jordan Spieth said to him

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Danny Willett didn’t just win the Masters in April – he bagged everything that comes with being the first Brit to win at Augusta National since Nick Faldo in 1996. The Green Jacket could be worth up to £5 million in bonuses and new endorsements. There’s a GB Olympic team and Ryder Cup debut on the cards. The public has a new...

  • The USGA had another video ruling nightmare at the U.S. Women's Open

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 11 July 2016

    It's been less than a month since Dustin Johnson's U.S. Open win was marred by a poorly handled rules issue. Unfortunately, a bizarrely similar situation occurred at the U.S. Women's Open which finished yesterday, and the USGA again did not cover itself in glory. In the aftermath of the DJ debacle, which drew intense criticism from numerous big-name players, the USGA...

  • Alex Noren says his fifth European Tour win is "by far the biggest"

    Written by Rob McGarr on Sunday, 10 July 2016

    Having led from Friday evening, Sweden's Alexander Noren shot a two-under-par 70 on the final day of the Scottish Open to secure a one-shot victory over England's Tyrrell Hatton.  "This is by far the biggest win," said the 33-year-old, who turns 34 on Tuesday. "The amount of players that are here, and on a course like this in Scotland, it's only...

  • Does Bryson DeChambeau know something every other tour pro doesn't?

    Written by Denis Pugh on Friday, 08 July 2016

    He has a name straight out of Hollywood, the looks to match, and a demeanour that suggests he not only owns the place, but the place next door as well. Bryson DeChambeau is golf’s latest poster boy, but is he the real deal? I saw him for the first time ‘live’ on the practice ground at Hilton Head – less than...

  • The Open 2016: BBC's Andrew Cotter knows Royal Troon better than anyone

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    Andrew Cotter will commentate on the Open for the BBC. His brother, Colin, has been a Troon caddie for 30 years. Both are members here. Both have single-figure handicaps here. And both know these links better than just about anyone. The Cotter brothers know Royal Troon like the back of their hands. They grew up here. It's in their blood. BBC...

  • The Open 2016: How to prepare a Links course for The Open

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    With 35 years under his belt, Troon course manager Billy McLachlan is well versed in setting up a course for a Major. He has overseen four Open Championships at Royal Troon and this year will be his third in charge of the greenkeeping team. But what can we expect when golf’s biggest names descend on Ayrshire? How is the course shaping up?...

  • The Open 2016: Is this the hardest 123 yard par 3 in golf?

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    Even off the back tees Troon's Postage Stamp is only 123 yards. It's the shortest hole in Major Championship golf, so should be a simple wedge for the world's most elite players. It's not. Throw in the ever-present breeze, the pressure of a Major, a green that's only 10 yards wide and some of the deepest bunkers on the course, and...

  • Troon: Hole by hole

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    1ST SEAL Par 4, 370 yards A good birdie chance if you can negotiate a difficult opening tee shot. The line is to the bunkers on the right. A hybrid or long iron leaves a lofted club into a slightly elevated green. 2004 average: 4.10 (rank 11)   2ND BLACK ROCK Par 4, 391 yards Another tight tee shot just...

  • Troon Champions: Mark Calcavecchia

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    Did you ever think you’d win a Major championship? Yes, actually. I almost won the Masters in 1988 only to be denied when Sandy Lyle pulled off that amazing shot from the 18th bunker. I definitely thought I’d win the Masters. But I didn’t think too much about The Open, especially after I shot a million at Royal Lytham in...

  • Troon Champions: Todd Hamilton

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    Did you ever think you’d win a Major? I dreamt about it. I don’t know if that really is believing it, but I certainly always hoped it would happen. Being honest, it was just such a relief to get my card that year as things hadn’t really been going all that well. I’m a true believer that if you can...

  • Troon Champions: Arnold Palmer

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    Did the massive Troon crowds drive and spur you on? I always seemed to draw encouragement from the crowds when I was playing. I wanted to hit shots that they enjoyed seeing played. And the gallery in Scotland was always so supportive of me. They had as much to do with my success as the shots. How did you...

  • Troon Champions: Justin Leonard

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    What’s it like slugging it out with today’s young guns? It’s challenging, that’s for sure, and I’ve reduced my schedule this year to play 10 or 12 events, just the ones that I’m excited to play and on the courses where I feel I have a good chance that maybe don’t favour the long hitters as much. It’s an effort...

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