15. 7. 2010
Open Championship – day four. Despite the weather still playing tricks on us with rain, sun, rain and more sun again the real fun has started today. The first players were out on the Old Course as early as 6:30am and the last group teed off at 4:21pm. It is a big field of 156 players in total for the first two days before the cut for the weekend.
It was such a shame that the eagerly expected Champions´ Challenge was cancelled due to bad weather yesterday. Last night, at the Champions Dinner, the Past Champions agreed that the winning team would award the Open Champions Challenge prize fund of £50,000 to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. The Foundation aims to channel funds into ongoing research, particularly into brain cancer, the condition with which Seve, who won the Open on the Old Course in 1984, was diagnosed in October 2008.
There were a few parties on last night as you would expect. The Argentinean tourist board hosted a glamorous event at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews and Bunkered Magazine settled in the Rusack´s Hotel. A lot of people opted for a relaxed atmosphere at St Andrews Golf Club and the hospitality of the Irish tourist board. It was a great event with catchy Irish music, and loads of food and drink. I also bumped into Sam Torrance there. Apart from enjoying yet another party it was a great opportunity to have a peek into the historical building of St Andrews Golf Club and admire the beautiful ambiance of the rooms with an amazing view of the Old Course and the West Sands.
The first players started coming in just after 11am and I swapped my reporter’s role for becoming one of the back stage staff shepherding players coming off the 18th green to the various TV, radio and written press posts. It was very exciting to briefly meet virtually every Open player right after they finished their first round on the Old Course.
At 3pm Scotland\’s First Minister Alex Salmond hosted a media briefing at which he announced details of an independent forecast of the economic impact of The Open Championship commissioned jointly by Open Championship organiser, The R&A and Event Scotland. The study showed that the Open at St Andrews could generate as much as £80 million for the Scottish economy. When you see so many people here enjoying themselves on the golf course and in the hotels, bars and restaurants it is easy to see why.
The first day of the competition saw Rory McIlroy put himself into golf\’s record books with a sensational start to The Open at St Andrews. The 21-year-old equaled the lowest round in major history with a nine under par 63.
Tomorrow will be another early start and late finish but there is so much of a buzz around the Open that the time passes by in a flash. To learn more about the behind the scenes of The Open Championship follow this blog.
Posted on June 6, 2011 by admin@golfcomms