5 tips for watching The Open tonight

Not since 1993 has Australia had a British Open champion. Here are a few tips for staying up tonight to cheer on Adam Scott.

Adam Scott will tee off his final round at the 2012 Open Championship at 12:30am (AEST) tonight with a four stroke lead from Brandt Snedeker and Graeme McDowell. Many Australian golf fans will take to the couch to help get Scotty home but with few Australians being in contention to win a major over the past decade or two, here are some tips to get you through the final round.

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5 tips for watching The Open tonight

Not since 1993 has Australia had a British Open champion. Here are a few tips for staying up tonight to cheer on Adam Scott.

Adam Scott will tee off his final round at the 2012 Open Championship at 11:30pm (AEST) tonight with a four stroke lead from Brandt Snedeker and Graeme McDowell. Many Australian golf fans will take to the couch to help get Scotty home but with few Australians being in contention to win a major over the past decade or two, here are some tips to get you through the final round.

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Rory hits a kid on the scone, gives him a room for the night

Rory McIlroy did a little bit more than just give a kid a signed glove after hitting him in the head with a wayward drive.


During the opening round of the 2012 Open Championship, Rory McIlroy hit a wayward drive on the 15th that sconed a kid on the head. The kid was left lying on the ground in shock and the ball bounced over the fence and out-of-bounds.

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Adam Scott and round 1 highlights from The Open: video

If you missed Adam Scott’s fine opening round last night, here are some highlights courtesy of FoxSports who are providing superb coverage of the 2012 Open Championship.


2012 Open Championship: Five dark horses

With the 2012 British Open upon us, we're offering up five players from the field who are flying under the radar.


Francesco Molinari
Perhaps not a dark horse to some golf pundits, but the majority aren't considering him. Molinari (pictured above) has just finished second in his last two starts and looks perfect for bad weather links golf. In his 15 tournaments in 2012, he has only finished outside the Top-20 on three occasions, including a win at the Spanish Open. Could easily win, but will almost certainly be around on Sunday.

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It’s British Open week!

Welcome to The Open Championship week!
Yes, I know. We're supposed to call it The Open Championship, but in Australia it's always been known as The British Open. We have our own open championship too of course. I'll be see-sawing between the two all week. Just so you know.
The Open Championship is the oldest of the four major championships and it begins on Thursday from Royal Lytham and St.Annes Golf Club. FoxSports 3 will be live broadcasting all four days starting on Thursday evening at 6pm.
Aussie Golfer will be aiming to bring you as much information as possible, not just here on the blog, but also on Twitter and through the Aussie Golfer Facebook page. We're looking forward to plenty of golf chat this week.

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Which is the greatest opening hole in golf’s Open Championship

Padraig Harrington & Colin Montgomerie discuss 'The Ultimate Open 18'

Padraig Harrington & Colin Montgomerie discuss 'The Ultimate Open 18'

Which is the greatest opening hole in golf’s Open Championship, or the best around the turn, or indeed the finest finishing hole?

These are questions golfers ask and debate up and down the land. HSBC, celebrating its first year as Patron of the Open Championship, decided to take that debate a step further by engaging two of the world’s finest golfers of recent times, Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie, to create a course of the finest holes in Open Championship golf, “The HSBC Ultimate Open 18“.

HSBC asked each of the players, who with 35 Open appearances between them know a thing or two about Open Championship golf, to produce an 18 hole Open Championship course, using holes from the nine courses on the current Open rota. Their brief was simple: to create a genuine Championship course in terms of length and par and with the sequence of holes corresponding to the actual hole number on the respective course, as played at The Open. They were then pitted against one another in debate, with the BBC’s Andrew Cotter keeping order, to produce the HSBC Ultimate Open 18, potentially the greatest of Open courses, were it to be played for real!

Padraig Harrington commented:

“I really enjoyed the whole process as it’s a discussion we often have. But taking it to the next level, actually to create a whole course, was a real challenge, as well as a lot of fun! There are so many great golf holes on all the Open courses that it’s sometimes hard to pick out one above another. I chose to look at both the design of the hole and the strategy required to play it while, of course, my emotions came into play. My own personal experiences, including the great weeks I enjoyed at Carnoustie and Royal Birkdale, and the history and theatre that I feel when at the home of golf, St. Andrews, for example, were definitely part of my decision making. I’m sure not everyone will agree to every selection – Monty certainly didn’t!”

The HSBC Ultimate Open 18

Both players brought a rich experience to the table. Irishman Padraig Harrington has won two Opens (‘07 and ‘08) and played in 14. Colin Montgomerie holds course records at St Andrews and Carnoustie, finished second in the Open at St Andrews in 2005 and has played an incredible 21 consecutive Open Championships. But they also brought a different approach.

“I focused purely on the quality of the hole, though undoubtedly those that suit me better, the 12th at Royal Birkdale for example, came ahead of others.” said eight-times European Order of Merit Winner, Colin Montgomerie.

“I found it a fascinating exercise and I’m sure plenty of players, professional and amateur alike, will come up to us at Sandwich to tell us we got it wrong. But that’s one of the reasons why we love The Open, because we have nine wonderful courses which all bring their own challenge, their own unique qualities to bear. I look forward to the debate to come!”

The final HSBC Ultimate Open 18 course they agreed on is certainly a challenge to ponder. At 7,264 yards, it’s comparable to this year’s Open course at Royal St George’s, Sandwich for example. But it’s the par 3s that really stand out, with four of the toughest to be found on any course.

Group Head of Sponsorship, Giles Morgan, said:

“HSBC has been involved in golf at all levels since 2003 and in HSBC’s first year as Patron of the Open Championship, we wanted to do something to celebrate one of the unique features of the event which include the wonderful group of links courses on which the Championship is played. Just imagine a round of golf that includes The Postage Stamp, Barry Burn and the Road Hole – sounds good, doesn’t it? We hope that golf fans everywhere will enjoy the HSBC Ultimate Open.”

Which is the greatest opening hole in golf’s Open Championship

Padraig Harrington & Colin Montgomerie discuss 'The Ultimate Open 18'

Padraig Harrington & Colin Montgomerie discuss 'The Ultimate Open 18'

Which is the greatest opening hole in golf’s Open Championship, or the best around the turn, or indeed the finest finishing hole?

These are questions golfers ask and debate up and down the land. HSBC, celebrating its first year as Patron of the Open Championship, decided to take that debate a step further by engaging two of the world’s finest golfers of recent times, Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie, to create a course of the finest holes in Open Championship golf, “The HSBC Ultimate Open 18“.

HSBC asked each of the players, who with 35 Open appearances between them know a thing or two about Open Championship golf, to produce an 18 hole Open Championship course, using holes from the nine courses on the current Open rota. Their brief was simple: to create a genuine Championship course in terms of length and par and with the sequence of holes corresponding to the actual hole number on the respective course, as played at The Open. They were then pitted against one another in debate, with the BBC’s Andrew Cotter keeping order, to produce the HSBC Ultimate Open 18, potentially the greatest of Open courses, were it to be played for real!

Padraig Harrington commented:

“I really enjoyed the whole process as it’s a discussion we often have. But taking it to the next level, actually to create a whole course, was a real challenge, as well as a lot of fun! There are so many great golf holes on all the Open courses that it’s sometimes hard to pick out one above another. I chose to look at both the design of the hole and the strategy required to play it while, of course, my emotions came into play. My own personal experiences, including the great weeks I enjoyed at Carnoustie and Royal Birkdale, and the history and theatre that I feel when at the home of golf, St. Andrews, for example, were definitely part of my decision making. I’m sure not everyone will agree to every selection – Monty certainly didn’t!”

The HSBC Ultimate Open 18

Both players brought a rich experience to the table. Irishman Padraig Harrington has won two Opens (‘07 and ‘08) and played in 14. Colin Montgomerie holds course records at St Andrews and Carnoustie, finished second in the Open at St Andrews in 2005 and has played an incredible 21 consecutive Open Championships. But they also brought a different approach.

“I focused purely on the quality of the hole, though undoubtedly those that suit me better, the 12th at Royal Birkdale for example, came ahead of others.” said eight-times European Order of Merit Winner, Colin Montgomerie.

“I found it a fascinating exercise and I’m sure plenty of players, professional and amateur alike, will come up to us at Sandwich to tell us we got it wrong. But that’s one of the reasons why we love The Open, because we have nine wonderful courses which all bring their own challenge, their own unique qualities to bear. I look forward to the debate to come!”

The final HSBC Ultimate Open 18 course they agreed on is certainly a challenge to ponder. At 7,264 yards, it’s comparable to this year’s Open course at Royal St George’s, Sandwich for example. But it’s the par 3s that really stand out, with four of the toughest to be found on any course.

Group Head of Sponsorship, Giles Morgan, said:

“HSBC has been involved in golf at all levels since 2003 and in HSBC’s first year as Patron of the Open Championship, we wanted to do something to celebrate one of the unique features of the event which include the wonderful group of links courses on which the Championship is played. Just imagine a round of golf that includes The Postage Stamp, Barry Burn and the Road Hole – sounds good, doesn’t it? We hope that golf fans everywhere will enjoy the HSBC Ultimate Open.”

The Open Championship launches online channel

The R&A are going all trendy. Replacing the 'Ancient' with 'Avant-garde'.
The coverage of The Open Championship next week will be enhanced with a online channel which will stream  up to five hours of live coverage a day and include post-round press conferences, interviews and highlights.
"@TheOpen LIVE" will broadcast from Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 July and will be streamed live on Opengolf.comFacebook.com/The-Open-Championship and LiveStream.com, and on The Open’s iPhone and Android apps.

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British Golfers lead the world rankings ahead of the Open

It is the first time since the official golf world rankings began in 1986 that the top 3 positions have been taken by British golfers.

Three British golfers head up the official world rankings as Germany’s former no.1, Martin Kaymer drops to fourth after failing to finish in the top eight in the BMW International Open in Munich yesterday.

Following his U.S Open victory Rory McIlroy moves up to a career best third place behind Luke Donald (first) and Lee Westwood.

This is great news ahead of the 140th British Open Championship which this year is being held at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course in Sandwich in Kent, the Garden of England on the south-east coast, in two weeks time.

Rory McIlroy will go into the British Open as one of the favourites, and it will be good to see how he copes with the pressure post that fantastic display of golf at The U.S Open when he led from round 1 and never once showed a loss of concentrate or bottle as he had on the final round of the U.S Masters in April at Augusta.

The U.S Open was Rory McIlroy’s first major win after several near misses and five years of dealing with the heavy burden of expectancy and praise from many of his contemporaries and commentators alike.  Unfortunately, I think if anything the pressure is going to be greater as everyone looks to see if Rory McIlroy can begin to pull away from the rest of the field and dominate the next few years of golf in the same way as Tiger Woods had before him.

If anymore incentive was required, it has been announced that the winner’s cheque for the British Open is now £900,000 as prize-fund money increases to £5m.

Some high profile PGA players will be missing the AT&T National in the U.S to play The Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness as a warming up for the Open Championship.  Those PGA players making the trip across the pond include Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, who join English golfers Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose.

The Barclays Scottish Open starts on Thursday 7th July with Round 1 of The Open commencing on Thursday on 14th July.

I am really looking forward to this year’s British Open and hope the heat wave continues so the top golfers in the world can do battle with each other, rather than the conditions.

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Rory McIlroy to dominate the future of golf

The 2011 US Open was won in spectacular fashion by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy by eight strokes. He was the youngest winner for some 88 years but the youngest ever US Open Champion was John J. McDermott in 1911 at the tender age of 19.

Many commentators are suggesting that now Rory McIlroy has won his first major title he will dominate the future of golf for some years to come, filling the void left by Tiger Woods in the past couple of years following a recurring knee problem and a breakdown in his personal life.

McIlroy has got much to live up to if he is going to be as successful as Tiger Woods who has won three US Open titles in 2000, 2002 and most recently in 2008 when he was playing with the knee injury that subsequently had him miss the rest of the 2008 season.  Since his return Tiger Woods had failed to find his form and is now in danger of dropping out of the top 20 world ranking.

Rory McIlroy will need to win the US Open a further three times to equal the record of four wins jointly held by Willie Anderson, A-Robert T. Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.  The latter being a mentor to the young Irishman over the past two years.

The next major championship in the golf calendar is the British Open which this year is being held at the Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent.  So why not go online and buy a new set of golf clubs learn to play the shots the pros make look so simple.

You can buy the same golf clubs, balls and clothes as Rory McIlroy at Direct Golf.

Rory McIlroy to dominate the future of golf

The 2011 US Open was won in spectacular fashion by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy by eight strokes. He was the youngest winner for some 88 years but the youngest ever US Open Champion was John J. McDermott in 1911 at the tender age of 19.

Many commentators are suggesting that now Rory McIlroy has won his first major title he will dominate the future of golf for some years to come, filling the void left by Tiger Woods in the past couple of years following a recurring knee problem and a breakdown in his personal life.

McIlroy has got much to live up to if he is going to be as successful as Tiger Woods who has won three US Open titles in 2000, 2002 and most recently in 2008 when he was playing with the knee injury that subsequently had him miss the rest of the 2008 season.  Since his return Tiger Woods had failed to find his form and is now in danger of dropping out of the top 20 world ranking.

Rory McIlroy will need to win the US Open a further three times to equal the record of four wins jointly held by Willie Anderson, A-Robert T. Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.  The latter being a mentor to the young Irishman over the past two years.

The next major championship in the golf calendar is the British Open which this year is being held at the Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent.  So why not go online and buy a new set of golf clubs learn to play the shots the pros make look so simple.

You can buy the same golf clubs, balls and clothes as Rory McIlroy at Direct Golf.

Rory McIlroy Wins US Open

Yesterday Rory McIlroy won the US Open, his first Major victory with an amazing -16 and eight shot lead.

22 year old Rory McIlroy became the youngest player to win the US Open for 88 years and the first to lead at the end of all four rounds since Tiger Woods in 2002.  In doing so he will have wiped the memory and pain of his disaster at Augusta where he was in a similar position after three rounds, only the fall apart on the final day.

Though he is still only 22 years old, big things have been expected of Rory McIlroy since he turned pro in 2007 at the sprightly age of 17.  The weight of expectation was placed on his shoulders when Tiger Woods stated that McIlroy was the future of golf.  And though over the past four years he has come close, he has never been able to keep in the zone for four days solid; until now.

On completing his final round, 2010 US Open champion, fellow compatriot and close friend Graeme McDowell said Rory McIlroy was the best golfer he has ever seen.  Strong words coming from a man who has played with Tiger Woods on several occasions.

Rory McIlroy has now officially arrived on the world stage.  The US crowds love him and with a deflated Tiger Woods, the biggest sponsors in the world will be queuing up to have a piece of his fame.  But it could have been so different if he had cracked under the pressure, as he did at Augusta in the US Masters in April when he went into the final day with a four stroke lead and finished in joint 15th after a final round of 80. If the same choking capitulation had happened to Rory McIlroy yesterday at Congressional it may have had a lasting psychological effect.  That is something McIlroy had been working on among other things with golf legend Jack Nicklaus who has acted as a mentor to McIllroy over the past two years.

As it is, this morning Rory McIlroy wakes up to realise it wasn’t all a dream after winning his first Major championship and with it will no doubt be the favourite to win next month’s British Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, Kent.

Free Competition – Win the Open Championship 2010 DVD

Free Competition - Win copies of the Open Championship 2010 Official DVD

The Open Championship 2010 Official DVD

The Open Championship is always a much anticipated event in the golfing calendar and 2010 marked the 150th Anniversary of this landmark competition.  Now fans can relive the unforgettable moments of this year’s tournament through The Open Championship 2010 Official Film was released by Good Guys Media on 27th September.

Played on the legendary Old Course at St Andrew’s, The Open Championship 2010 gave golf fans plenty of reasons to celebrate, not least the crowning of a new champion in Louis Oosthuizen.  The South African’s definitive victory with a margin of seven shots left spectators in no doubt that he had the game and the temperament to cope with the pressure of leading a Major Championship, despite the spirited challenge of Englishman Paul Casey over the weekend.

In the battle for second place Lee Westwood edged a trio of European players including Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy, who set an Open record with a breathtaking nine-under-par, first round of 63.

Further excitement came in the form of Jeong Jin, the remarkable young Korean who scored a record breaking first round, winning the Silver Medal with an incredible eagle putt at the 72nd hole, just weeks after becoming the first Asian to win the Amateur Championship.

The 2010 Official Film also documents the farewell to one of golf’s true legends, five-time Open Champion Tom Watson.

As well as showcasing all the highlights of this year’s tournaments, the Official Film features 18 hole fly-overs.

Free Competition

Enter our Free Competition to be one of five lucky winners who will each receive The Open Championship 2010 Official Film DVD

To enter the competition all you need to do is correctly answer the following question:

Who set an Open record with a nine-under-par, first round of 63 at this year’s championship?

Send your entries to comps@buzzinmedia.co.uk with The Open DVD in the subject line with your answer and your full address and contact telephone number.

This Buzzin Golf Free Competition ends on 31st October, 2010. The editor will randomly choose 5 winners.

The editor’s choice is final.

The good, bad and ugly from the 2010 British Open

Past Open champions

The good
Louis Oostheizen was never headed going into the final two days. Looked in complete control.
The Open Championship has a knack of producing very famous winners such as Woods, Nicklaus and Norman but is not afraid to give some unknowns the Claret Jug such as Curtis, Hamilton and now Oostheizen.
Jin Jeong – the Korean finished top amateur and resides in Melbourne. He is soon to become an Australian citizen.

The bad
The decision to suspend play due to high winds at St.Andrews was a bad one. High winds at St.Andrews? Who would have guessed.
John Daly kicked over a plant pot exiting the scorers tent on Friday. There shouldn’t be trees on a links golf course.
Tiger Woods cursed his way around st.Andrews but kept up a pretty good record of three top-5’s in majors this year.
The ugly
K.J.Choi used a croquet style putter and side-stance at The Open – a few other golfers should be trying this.
The shot of the tournament came from Miguel Angel Jiminez. A horrible lie near the greenside bunker on the road hole led to a cut across the green up aginst the wall. The next shot produced the shot of the tournament. See previous post.
John Daly’s jacket in the photo of past British Open champions (see above). Hard to tell but he must be one of the shortest Open champions.
Ewan Porter complained that fans deliberately said nothing when they knew where his ball was on Thursday. Pipe down Porter – we deal with lost balls all the time.

KJ Choi croquet

(Photo courtesy of Geoff Shackleford)


Video: 2010 British Open – A final wrap in 90 seconds

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Addendum: KJ Choi did NOT straddle the line of his putt. this would be illegal. He placed both feet on one side of the ball but facing the hole. He then putted in a croquet style. More on this next…

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Of Turtlenecks and Polo Shirts – the 2010 British Open

It’s a look that’s been around forever, but I’ve certainly never see so much of it… at least not in one place. I’m talking about the “short-sleeved-polo shirt-over-a-long sleeved-undershirt” look.In the past, at the Open Championship… and other events where the weather was blustery… a more traditional sweater-over-a-polo-shirt, (possibly topped by a wind shirt or jacket) was the way most

Video: The Open, Round 1 – in 90 seconds

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Video: British Open preview – in 90 seconds

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