Henrik Stenson arrives with the Claret Jug in a futuristic looking Mercedes-Benz

Defending Open champion Henrik Stenson got a futuristic ride to Royal Birkdale to return the Claret Jug.

Each year The Open champion receives a replica of The Claret Jug to take away with him, only to have to return it the following year. The 2016 Open winner Henrik Stenson returned with the Claret Jug in fine style with a ride in the futuristic-looking Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion research car.

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WATCH: Remembering Peter Thomson’s two Open victories at Royal Birkdale in 1954 and 1965

The Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale in the north-west of  England this week and it holds a special place for Australian golfers.

Ian Baker-Finch raised the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale in 1991 (we’ll get to that in another post) but we first wanted to look back at Peter Thomson two victories there; the first of his Open Championship victories in 1954 and the last of his five in 1965.

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Australians watch the weather as all 11 handed late tee times at 2017 Open Championship

The fate of Australian hopes at The Open may lay in the laps of the weather gods after all 11 were given afternoon tee times for their opening round.

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Few golf tournaments are as affected by the weather as The Open. Traditionally played on wind-swept links golf courses, the chances of a player getting his hands on The Claret Jug can be decided by the time at which they tee off on Thursday and Friday.

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Golf and football trick shot goes wrong due to equipment failure: video

These guys specialise in football related trick videos. But for this one they combined some slick foot skills and with a golf drive off a very elevated tee.

Everything was going according to plan until an equipment failure left everyone in stitches.

When golf trick shots go horribly wrong 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/b05NjWQbk5

— Tubes (@TubesSoccerAM) June 21, 2017

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Aussies out for major championship glory at US Women’s Open

Six Australians will tee it up at this week’s 71st US Women’s Open starting later today at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster New Jersey, with at least three of them going into the week with seemingly legitimate chances of lifting the trophy on Sunday.

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Katherine Kirk got the late call-up to the event after her sensational win last week at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, and must be given a chance again this week if her putter remains as hot as it has been in recent weeks.

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