Early morning on the links

There is something very special about the Open Championships. This year it is the 150th anniversary and the tournament is played at St Andrews, the Home of Golf. It does not get any more special than that.

Nowhere is the draw as important as in the Open Championship. With a first tee off at 06.30 and last at somewhere around 16.00 the difference in conditions can be pretty dramatic. Yesterday morning was calm, warm and without rain. This morning had sunshine, even though for a short spell, before that heavy rain came in. To be last out on one of the qualifying days is an experience in itself. Most spectators will have left for home or their hotels by the time you make the halfway turn and you will guaranteed have the on course staff right behind you to collect the pins in anticipation for the day after. There is little risk that this would happen to any of the bigger names in the field but it is not unlikely that somewhere along the way to where they are today they will have experienced what for example Laurie Canter and Tyrell Hatton experienced yesterday.

First out yesterday by the way was previous Open Champion Paul Lawrie. Asked whether he thought it was disrespectful by the R&A to put an ex-champion out this early Ian Poulter immediately replied-
‘I would change with him. Anytime!’

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