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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Fox Sports launches exclusive, dedicated Open Championship channel

Dedicated channel switches July 17, Exclusively live action from start to finish, Watch on the go with multi-platform coverage.

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Media release via Fox Sports:

FOX SPORTS is gearing up for its biggest ever coverage of The Open Championship, with fans able to watch the opening tee shot through to the end of play, all on a dedicated, 24/7 pop up channel.

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Must read British Open thoughts: Duel of the ‘sons

This is a must read piece on one man’s passion for golf and his thoughts on the final round of The Open Championship.

Surfing the internet this week I stumbled upon The Footy Almanac; a collection of yarns from sport tragics. While the game reports and stories are primarily focussed on AFL games, one writer, Peter Baulderstone wrote wonderful a rumination on his love for golf and his view of last week’s outrageous finish to The Open Championship.

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