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'

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!”

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