Kevin Kisner’s lonely lap, ticket tech issues and R&A’s response to Donald Trump’s Turnberry tantrum…Six bites taken from The Open at Royal St George’s in Sandwich
- Kevin Kisner shrugged in a final round without partner and carded a two under par 68
- Just like at Wimbledon, the digital ticket system in Sandwich has a few hiccups
- Peter Gardiner-Hill, 94, scrambled his way to the best seat in the house
- Donald Trump’s complaint about Turnberry’s blacklist made short work of R&A
Collin Morikawa held off the challenge to claim his second major after his eighth appearance in one of golf’s elite events.
However, there were many other interesting stories on and off the track at Royal St George’s.
Mike Dickson and Matt Hughes of Sportsmail take you through it…
Kevin Kisner was not deterred by his lack of a playing partner when he shot 68 on Sunday
KISNER’S EARLY MARKER
The COVID rules meant Sunday’s lone early starter, Kevin Kisner, was not allowed to have a playing partner – as can usually be his choice.
Instead, he was accompanied only by Nigel Wightman, a member of the nearby Royal Cinque Ports.
Kisner shot a very good 68 in exactly two and a half hours, showing that fast golf can be good golf.
TICKETTECH IS NOT FOR EVERYONE
As at Wimbledon, The Open will consider the future of ticketless systems after circumstances dictated that everything was done electronically this year.
It worked well for most, but some older customers struggled. Ticket agents treated hundreds who needed help with their mobile phones and in particular with the associated health questionnaire requirements.
GARDINER-HILL’S GREAT CLIMATE
Perhaps the best seat at Sandwich was from the grandstand behind the 17th green, with its panoramic views of the course and the sea.
Despite being a steep incline, it didn’t stop Peter Gardiner-Hill, ex-R&A captain and revered figure within golf, from heading out this weekend at age 94 to experience it.
CAMERON READY FOR A SCRUM
Cameron Smith wore his usual full auburn colors to suit the Queensland rugby team, despite losing 2-1 to New South Wales in the State of Origin series.
The Aussie, 27, had a straightforward approach to the pressures of the weekend. “It’s head down, a *** up and try to get as high up the leaderboard as you can,” he said.
DO NOT TURN ON TURNBERRY
Turnberry will remain on R&A’s blacklist until former US President Donald Trump sells it
Donald Trump’s complaints over the weekend about Turnberry being ignored as an Open venue for being too “controversial” got short shrift with R&A officials yesterday.
The former US president’s education in Ayrshire will remain on the R&A’s blacklist unless he chooses to sell it.
A COURSE OF VACCINATIONS
The vaccination center at Royal St George’s has had a stormy trade this week, with 1,300 people stung in the past four days.
Most of the golf fans who visited the on-site medical center were between the ages of 25 and 35, justifying the government’s decision to give jabs to the public.
More than 1,000 people received COVID shots at Royal St George’s in the past four days