14. 7. 2010
It is day three of the Open week. It seems the sun has left St Andrews for the moment, it is considerably colder and the rain and wind have taken over. It might not be so pleasant but from the golf perspective it is not necessarily a bad thing.
At the press conference yesterday Tiger Woods was asked why the Old Course remains a relevant golfing challenge despite the players getting constantly better, the equipment becoming more and more sophisticated and the Old Course staying more or less the same. He thought it was exactly because of the weather. The conditions change constantly and at St Andrews you can get all four seasons in the course of one day. And since wind and rain impact heavily on the golf strategy it virtually feels like you are playing a different course every time. Here behind the scenes journalists are looking for a drama and exciting golf. And wind and rain seriously mixes the cards on the table.
Yesterday evening was very busy. Five parties at once! The Rule on South Street was chosen by the magazine Golf Punk as a place to have a few drinks, loads of networking and fun until late, Golf Tourism Scotland welcomed their members at the Madras Rugby Club pavilion and MacDonalds Rusack´s Hotel provided a glamorous setting for an exhibition of golf paintings by Joe Austen. It was very impressive and definitely worth popping in to have a look. The two main events that were on later last night were the Champions dinner at the R&A Clubhouse which saw the gathering of the majority of previous Open Champions at one table. I felt privileged to be invited to the Association of Golf Writers’ Dinner for the second time. It was held at the R&A Club Marquee and it was a relaxed event with loads of chatter, good humour and fun. HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and former R&A Captain attended the dinner and addressed the audience.
Tom Watson’s press conference at 1:30 pm attracted as much attention as Tiger’s yesterday with one major difference – the atmosphere was more relaxed. It was fascinating to listen to Tom’s recollections of previous Open Championships and enjoy his jokes which where refreshing and had the insight that comes with age and experience.
The afternoon should have been all about the Champions Challenge where 25 of the living Open Champions had been due to play four holes of the Old Course, the first, second, 17th and 18th to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Open Championship. Crowds of over 30,000 were expected to line the fairways to watch the event but unfortunately the severe weather led to it being cancelled.
As the tournament approaches there is an ongoing debate in the media centre about who will win this year at St Andrews. It is time to think about your own hot iron in the fire. I myself would love to see Stephen Gallacher win. It would be great to have a Scottish Champion at this year but should Stephen not make it Tom Watson would be just wonderful.
To learn more about the behind the scenes build-up to The Open follow this blog.
Posted on June 6, 2011 by admin@golfcomms