Scottish Open 2011
Scottish Open 2011
MARK Parsinen, the co-designer and managing partner of Castle Stuart, has hit back at criticism of the Inverness course being too easy for this year's Barclays Scottish Open, claiming golf needs more venues like it to protect the game's long-term health.
On a course where the skyline is dominated by Richborough Power Station's three chimneys, it is perhaps appropriate that a committed cigar chomper sits joint top of the Open championship leader board at the half-way stage.
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THE BBC has apologised after commentator Mark James appeared to make a joke about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, during the channel's coverage of the Open Championships.
Ian Poulter admitted he would have been disappointed had he not finished under par having played so well without creating many chances in his first round of the 140th Open.
He had already explained that he didn't much like the course and, at times, with hands thrust deep into the pockets of his trousers, he seemed to ooze indifference.
Lucas Glover led the early American challenge at the Open with a storming finish to his first round at Royal St George's as the winds relented.
IT was on course to pass the test with flying colours until the weather gods intervened, leaving the odd question mark on the report card for the inaugural Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.
COLIN Montgomerie's proud run of 21 successive appearances in the Open Championship came to an end last night as the eight-time European No 1 failed in his final bid to earn a place in this week's field at Royal St George's.
LUKE Donald underlines his world No 1 status with a hugely-impressive victory in the £3 million Barclays Scottish Open.
RICHIE RAMSAY is set to scour Scotland for some "decent greens" after the former US Amateur champion was left to beomoan a poor return with his putter at Castle Stuart.
IT IS going to end up costing the European Tour a "considerable" sum but chief executive George O'Grady is confident the sponsors, players and spectators will all look beyond soggy Saturday and enjoy future Highland flings in the Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart near Inverness.
PLAY at the Barclays Scottish Open golf had to be suspended yesterday due to torrential rain overnight that brought a landslip crashing down on the first fairway.
NATIONAL identity can be an incendiary business when you're Northern Irish and trying to dance around the political, and religious, sensitivities of your homeland, so let's spare Graeme McDowell the bother of having to answer the "Who Do You Think You Are?" question for the umpteenth time since he became a star last summer when winning the US Open at Pebble Beach.
TOURNAMENT officials fear more weather disruptions today as they bid to play catch-up after the second round of the Barclays Scottish Open was unable to be completed at Castle Stuart due to the threat of lightning.
PROGRESS hasn't come overnight. Peter Whiteford is 30 and Scott Jamieson just three years younger. Both came close to killing off their dream and seeking alternative employment.
A HIGHLAND uprising put a smile on the face of Scottish golf yesterday. A trio of home players stormed into contention at Castle Stuart, raising hopes of a tartan triumph to put the icing on the cake for the first Barclays Scottish Open at its new venue near Inverness.
WHATEVER we hope for, we will all be very surprised if the Rugby World Cup isn't won by New Zealand, Australia or South Africa.
GRAEME McDowell shot a sparkling 64 today to give himself the chance of a second Barclays Scottish Open title in four years.
LOTHIANS duo Stephen Gallacher and Lloyd Saltman were among those playing a waiting game in the Barclays Scottish Open after a weather-disrupted second day in the Highlands.
A DAY of Biblical proportions in the Highlands where the weather gods took a look down at Castle Stuart in the early hours of Saturday morning and decided, with all the venom they could muster, to let the course have it with both barrels.