Monday 26 June 2017

Open Championship organisers show solidarity with France with touching gesture

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: The French national flag is lowered to half mast next to the main leaderboard during the second round on day two of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 15, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: The French national flag is lowered to half mast next to the main leaderboard during the second round on day two of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 15, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

It is hard to concentrate on sport on a day like today.

At the moment, 84 people - men, women and children - have been confirmed dead after a terrorist attack in Nice last night during Bastille Day. Many had hoped that the terror threat had subsided after Euro 2016 went off without a major incident, but last night's tragedy has brought fears rushing back.

There isn't much that sport can do at this moment other than show support for the French, which is what the Open Championship did today.

The R&A opted to fly the French flag at half mast at Royal Troon in a gesture of solidarity.

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TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: The French national flag is lowered to half mast next to the main leaderboard during the second round on day two of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 15, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

It is a small token of support but French competitors Victor Dubuisson and Clement Sordet probably appreciated the small tribute as they somehow to try to focus on their golf.

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