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Saturday 16 December 2017

Short Chips - Muirfield Diary

posing naked 'better than a major' – player

Gary Player: anti-obesity campaign
Gary Player: anti-obesity campaign

Gary Player raised many eyebrows at the start of the week when pictures of the 77-year-old posing naked appeared in a magazine as part of an anti-obesity campaign (pictured).

But the nine-times Major-winning South African has no regrets about the two-hour photo shoot, which also featured Scotland's 21-year-old ladies' golf pin-up Carly Booth.

"It's the best thing I have ever done, more satisfying than winning a Major," said Player.

"Already we have had thousands and thousands of emails from parents saying they are going to watch what their children eat far more carefully," he claimed.

STARLET SPIETH RUNS OUT OF TROUSERS

Jordan Spieth may have dropped four shots in his final four holes to slip to one-over after two rounds, but the 19-year-old has still done enough to guarantee his presence over the weekend – further extending his unexpected spell away from home.

Spieth packed his suitcase for the AT&T National three weeks ago but, after finishing sixth, got the chance to play in the following week's Greenbrier Classic.

He then had no time to return home before the John Deere Classic, which he won to suddenly find himself in the field for the British Open and on board a plane for Scotland.

Observant American journalists have noted the reappearance of at least one pair of trousers but fortunately his rented accommodation this week does have a washing machine.

BEEB REPORTERS TAKE TWO FOR THE CAUSE

The BBC are certainly getting close to the action to provide the best possible coverage.

On the first day a TV camera got struck by a Thomas Bjorn shot and, during the second round, radio reporter Alistair Bruce-Ball was in the firing line.

Bruce-Ball was hit, fortunately on the headphones, by a wayward tee shot from Brandt Snedeker at the 13th.

PLAYER OF THE DAY:

Charl Schwartzel (right) clawed himself back into contention after his first-round 75 with a three-under-par 68 to move to one over. A bogey on the 16th was the only blemish in a round that included four birdies.

SHOT OF THE DAY:

Lee Westwood's short iron to within three feet of the flag to set up a sixth birdie at the 12th was pretty special, but not as spectacular as Robert Garrigus' eagle putt at the 15th. The American was about 50 yards short and well off the green but his choice of club was inspired as he sent the ball rolling all the way into the hole.

NIGHTMARE OF THE DAY:

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat may have been pleased with his British Open debut after shooting 72 in his first round. He was quickly to learn how tough links championships can be, however, as a second-round 85 left him 14-over-par.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

@simonkhangolf

"1st cut of rough at Muirfield is running at 10 on the stimp."

European Tour pro Simon Khan suggests the course is so fast the rough is playing like a quick green.

Irish Independent

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