Reports from the USA had it that Turner Broadcasting Systems, who bankrolled the hyped “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson needed 500,000 pay-per-view subscribers to break even.
The Official World Golf Rankings have many, many faults, but as a method of working out the labyrinthic machinations of the game at the elite level, they're probably the best we can hope for.
Sir Nick Faldo’s plan for St Andrews this week is simple – try to enjoy the Senior Open, and get the precise measurements for the short eleventh.
We’ll miss her when she’s gone. No, correct that, we’re probably going to miss her while she’s still there.
We’ve all been beguiled by it - for many it’s what first drew us to the game of golf.
An independent study of the economic impact of the last Open Championship in Scotland, at Troon in 2016, revealed that there had been a direct spend of £23 million in the Ayrshire area and £110 million in the country as a whole as a result of hosting the championship.
Before we address the dark issues emanating from Shinnecock Hills at the weekend, let’s spend a little time in the light.
Colin Montgomerie needed some refreshment and comfort, it seemed, for his frustrations between his round and the Q&A with Andy Nicol in the Senior Open tented village just after he walked off the course.
This remarkable afternoon in Paris didn’t seem right. Weren’t the USA supposed to be unassailable from these occasional humiliations?
It’s been fun. Great fun. Actually, among the best fun you can have in sport. But it might well be over.