With the Open Championship around the corner, conversation around the workplace and the pub seems to be revolving around the third major of the year. To make sure you play your part in the discussion, give this a read and drop some of these facts into the banter. It’s doubtful anyone else will be aware of them and you’ll look like a genius. Who doesn’t want that? We've also provided the full field's win and place betting so get your bets on while the value looks good!
10 Fun Facts & Trivia
The Open Championship
1. Everyone has a mate who feels he was the country’s most undervalued rugby talent but who now places all his hopes and dreams in his son, who is as talented as he was. Next time he starts going on about how, if only he hadn’t injured his knee in 1978 he’d have been a star, remind him of this little fact: The Morris family father and son have the first and second best winning margins in Open history. They’re also the oldest and youngest players to win, the father at 46 and the son at 17. That’s real talent.
2. We all have a golf acquaintance that we don’t trust, one day you’ll catch him out and when you do remind him that most of his indiscretions should incur penalties. This is what happened to Roger Wethered, who accidently treaded on his ball, incurred a penalty which forced a playoff which he then lost. Poor fool.
|Roger Wethered - Left in the dust...|
3. Can you remember the longest putt you ever sank? Bob Cook can, it was the longest ever recorded and he dropped it from 140 feet out. This happened at St Andrews in 1976 which hosted the Open Championship in 2010.
4. Can you hit a ball 361 yards? Maybe with the wind behind you…. In 1836 a French golfer hit it this distance with a ball made of goose feathers. I doubt he was playing into the wind.
5. What was your most memorable moment in high school? If you went to Charterhouse or Cranleigh, it must be operating the scoreboards at the Open Championship. They are invited to assist every year and have been doing so for decades.
6. In 1975 and 1977 Tom Watson won this one. It was later discovered the clubs he used did not conform to R&A regulations yet no action was taken and he is still credited as winning both. I doubt that would fly at your local club these days.
|Tom Watson - Cheeky smile....|
7. It’s not often you get to see a hole in one in a major, let alone two on the same day. Amazingly, this happened in 1973 when Gene Sarazen and David Russell achieved the seemingly impossible on the 8th at Birkdale.
8. In golf, consistency is the name of the game and few golfers have been as consistent as Nick Faldo. In 1987 he made par on all 18 holes to win his first major. I’d kill for a round like that.
|You don't know how great Nick Faldo was? Don't worry - he'll tell you...|
9. I love a good sandwich. Apparently Greg Norman does too. In 1993 he scored 267 to record the lowest score in the history of the tournament at Sandwich. I’m hungry now.
10. Persistence is often the name of the game. Nick Price had to make 16 appearances in the Open Championship before he recorded his first win. I’m betting it was worth the wait.
|Nick Price: Definitely worth the wait|
So there you have it folks. Ten facts to dazzle your friends. Let’s hope you’re the only one who reads this blog! Betting for the Open is below:
The Open Championship 2012
Key: F = Favorite. Blue = South African Golfer. Green = Price Shortened. Red = Price Drifted Out
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