Wednesday 7 December 2016

Short Chips - Lineker Lash For 'Superior' R&A

Published 16/07/2015 | 02:30

Former Spurs and England star Gary Lineker hits out at R&A for awarding live coverage of the Open Championship to Sky
Former Spurs and England star Gary Lineker hits out at R&A for awarding live coverage of the Open Championship to Sky

Former Spurs and England star Gary Lineker gave the R&A a lash for awarding live coverage of the Open Championship to Sky

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The BBC contract is due to end in 2017 after 61 years and Lineker told 'The Golf Paper' that the R&A "live in a world where it seems they feel they are superior beings.

"Now they have taken the Open away from the BBC for a few pence extra. For me that is going to be a very damaging decision for golf."

Peter Dawson of the R&A responded, saying: "I'll leave it to you to judge whether we're superior beings or not. I don't think we are, and I don't think we pretend to be, and I don't think we think we are."

FORE! Beware of Justin

JUSTIN Rose is hoping to avoid a hat-trick of hitting fans with a golf ball.

He nailed one in the Memorial - 'there was no blood and that makes you feel a little bit better' - and another at the Scottish Open on Sunday.

"I had a sick feeling walking up there, and it was an elderly gentleman, which makes you feel even worse," said Rose.

Thankfully, the medics looked after the man, and Rose gave the victim a call that evening to make sure he was ok.

OLD TOM MADE OF MONEY

OLD Tom Morris, who died in 1908, is a legend who will always be linked with The Open and St Andrews. He knew the value of a quid or two as well, because when he died he had the equivalent of stg£1.5 million (€2.13 million) in his bank account.

This information was revealed by St Andrews-based Irishman Roger McStravick when researching his new book: 'St Andrews: In the footsteps of Old Tom Morris.'

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Looking like 1st reserve for #TheOpen travel up in the morning. Might stick a football in my case and just leave it on the range" - Chris Wood not wishing anyone any harm, but it if they wanted to have a kick-about . . .

NUMBER OF THE DAY

142 - the number of years since the Open Championship was first played at St Andrews.

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