Just a few short hours until the first round of the 2009 British Open and it sounds like a lot of my Rock Heads are countin’ the minutes along with me! Most of you took Tiger or Kenny Perry to win it, while I’m sticking with my pick, Ian Poulter.
But before they take to the tees, you can get the inside scoop on Turnberry, the trophy, and more right here!
- Turnberry last hosted the Open in 1994, when Nick Price sunk a 50-footer to card an eagle on #17 and all but guarantee his first British Open victory. Before that Greg Norman won his first Open in 1986, and Tom Watson edged Jack Nicklaus by one stroke to take it home in 1977.
- This year, they’ll be playing the Ailsa Course, which is a monster of a track. Check out this Hole-By-Hole Overview, complete with video fly-overs, detailed descriptions and strategies from Turnberry’s head professional. Also, check out what Course Changes & Adjustments were made to ensure the pros have a rough go of it.
- The fairways on the Ailsa Course are notoriously narrow and lined with bunkers, but golf balls aren’t the only things that have landed there. The area was used during both WWI and WWII as a landing field for airplanes.
- It might be the most famous trophy in golf, but chances are you only know it by its nickname. The Claret Jug is officially called The Golf Champion Trophy. Find out what else you don’t know about the iconic award with this Brief History of the Claret Jug.
- Stay current with news & score updates as well as high-quality video highlights with this desktop widget or a free iPhone app. Let me know in the comments below if you have the link to live, streaming video!
- Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky with these Live Weather Reports. Forecasts are calling for a 70% chance of rain for the first round right now…
So, do YOU think weather will be a factor this year? This Caveman’s keepin’ his fingers crossed for a dry week but you never know…
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