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Jul 14, 2016 | 09:21 am

Players Take Advantage of Softer Troon

Royal Troon is looking particularly green this July. A wet season has meant that the course is softer and more lush than would typically be expected of the tough links course. Players are spinning wedges, putting aggressively, and working their way under par. At the time of writing, there are 23 players under par.

This isn’t to say that Royal Troon has lost all of its teeth. With more rain and growth, the rough is high and thick. The wind and rain predicted for the weekend will certainly add difficult elements during the finish, but it is admittedly disappointing that the “linksy” aspects of Royal Troon won’t be on show this week. The back nine at Troon is always more difficult than the front, and the numbers bear that out. The seven toughest holes on the course come on the back nine, according to TheOpen.com. The average score on the front nine is 1.3 strokes under par, while the average on the back is 3.1 over par. What do you think about the lack of firm, dry conditions this week? There’s nothing the Scots can do about it, but does it disappoint you at all? Let us know in the comments below.

Watch live coverage from Royal Troon at this link.

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Jul 13, 2016 | 09:42 am

Drive for Show

Mercedes-Benz makes a lot of great sports cars, but its latest offering really puts the emphasis on sports. The pimped-out cart, which debuted yesterday at The Open Championship, is a result of cooperation between the company's designers and its "Think & Act Tank Business Innovation" unit with Danish luxury cart manufacturer Garia. It's a long overdue update of the golf cart, featuring a large curved windscreen, refrigerator under the sculptured bench seat, hi-fi speakers, and touchpad for hole views, scorecard, and food orders. And, of course, it rides a lot better than a typical cart. But perhaps the most innovative yet simplistic touch is the bag holder, which is slanted rearward so it's easier to remove clubs. The bags also stay in place and don't tilt like they do in typical carts. With all the technological advancements in golf, it's about time somebody did something to rethink the cart. For more, click here.

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Jul 12, 2016 | 10:03 am

Open Rates

 

Thanks to Brexit, you just got a 20 percent discount on British golf—but green fees at the Open Championship courses will still cost you.
With the British pound now in the $1.30 range, a golf trip to the UK is about 20 percent less costly than it was a couple of weeks ago. That said, the big courses still command big money. The current green fees for the 10 Open Championship venues average $231. (Competitors in this week’s Open at Royal Troon (green fee $286), assuming they play three practice rounds and four days of competition, will get in over $2000 worth of golf.) The best deal is Carnoustie ($213) and second best is a coveted round at the Old Course ($227), while the highest fee comes, where else, at Trump Turnberry ($325 weekdays/$357 weekends). But take heart, you can shave $85 off those rates if you stay at the hotel—where rooms start at $545 a night.
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Jul 11, 2016 | 08:42 am

Live From Royal Troon: Open TV Times

When the Open Championship begins later this week, you’ll be watching it on a different channel. For the first time, NBC Sports and Golf Channel will be airing the game’s oldest major, beginning their 13-year deal with 50 hours of live tournament coverage—the most ever for a major. Past champions Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo will be doing tournament coverage, while David Duval, who will be competing at Royal Troon, also will appear on “Golf Central Live From The Open,” which airs every day through the end of the tournament on Sunday. Also watch for new graphics, including tracking of low shots to handle links conditions, wind indicators, “Pro-Tracer” technology, super-slow-motion, and cameras in all five pot bunkers surrounding the iconic par-three 8th hole, called the “Postage Stamp.” Here’s when tournament coverage airs, all times Eastern:

Thursday, July 14:

1:30 a.m.-4 p.m./Golf Channel

Friday, July 15:

1:30 a.m.-4 p.m./Golf Channel

Saturday, July 16:

4-7 a.m./Golf Channel

7 a.m.-2:30 p.m./NBC

4-6 p.m. (highlights)/NBC

Sunday, July 17:

4-7 a.m./Golf Channel

7 a.m.-2 p.m./NBC

4-6 p.m. (highlights)/NBC

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