Golf’s contentious rules overhaul “hasn’t gone as smoothly as I would have liked” but in the end will be recognised as being good for the game, says R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers.
Brexit and uncertainty over the state of the Irish border after the UK leaves the European Union is the “number one concern” of the R&A with the Open returning to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland this July.
Carnoustie could attract and handle a total crowd of 200,000 in future Open Championships, believes R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, giving a clear indication that the Angus course remains firmly in their plans.
Scotland are not back to Ground Zero in the Guinness 6 Nations and will face the flak they deserve for another disappointing performance in Paris, says Tommy Seymour.
On the face of it, Scotland’s injury crisis exposed the talent deficit that resulted in Saturday’s 27-10 loss to France in Paris, Scotland’s 11th defeat in a row at the Stade de France.
Scotland’s hopes of flying to a first Paris win in 20 years never even got off the ground at the Stade de France as the injury-hit side were beaten far more comfortably than even the 17-point deficit suggests.
An elusive Scottish win away from home at one of the 6 Nations big guns has to come soon if Scotland are to be taken seriously as a contender, and there is confidence it could come today in Paris.
Greig Laidlaw needed to go recruiting for the Scotland team leadership group this week - but he’s reportedly still ahead of the French in that regard.
It’s not nearly the team that we all envisaged having a real chance to break Scotland’s 20-year run of losses in Paris, but head coach Gregor Townsend has a “real belief” in those left to win in the French capital for the first time since 1999.
Scotland has lost big personalities, big talents and big leaders among their 6 Nations casualties, but Sean Maitland expects those remaining to fill the gap in all three ways against France in Paris.