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The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale: An open Open

The 146th Open Championship started today at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, Merseyside, which will be hosting the event for the 10th time, the second highest after St. Andrews (which, as the home of golf, hosts the event every 5 years). The club was established in 1889 and first held the Open in … Continue Reading

Inaugural Golf Sixes Event: plenty of panache and pyrotechnics but was there any pizzazz?

In February 2017, Sports Shorts wrote about the European Tour’s new short form golf tournament, Golf Sixes. As a reminder, Golf Sixes was billed as a ‘revolutionary and novel short form of the game’ which is designed to ‘embrace innovation and originality in professional golf’.  The inaugural Golf Sixes event took place at the Centurion … Continue Reading

Armchair referees: why Tiger Woods was right about Lexi Thompson’s wrong

On Sunday 2 April 2017, Lexi Thompson was given a four-stroke penalty while leading the LPGA’s first Major of the year and was subsequently defeated in a play-off to Ryu So-yeon, following the actions of a vigilant television viewer.  This was not a mistake nor the result of a new or innovative fan engagement exercise; this was the … Continue Reading

GolfSixes: are shorts and selfies soon going to be synonymous with golf?

On Sunday 12 February 2017, golf’s European Tour unveiled a ‘revolutionary and novel short form of the game’ which is designed to ‘embrace innovation and originality in professional golf’.  The first GolfSixes event will take place in North West London on 6-7 May 2017 and will feature two-man teams from 16 European nations.  The teams … Continue Reading
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