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.
The start of every new rugby season at Mayfield – and I’ve covered 23 of them now – always sparks a little optimism even in an arch pessimist like this one.
The Guinness PRO14 begins the 2018-19 season in bullish mood, confident enough even to project itself as the most successful club competition in European rugby.
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.
Glasgow have agreed to release lock Brian Alainu’uese from his contract eight months early to allow him to join three-time European champions Toulon with immediate effect.
Before we address the dark issues emanating from Shinnecock Hills at the weekend, let’s spend a little time in the light.
Glasgow Warriors rode the Scotstoun breeze to a 22 point lead at half-time and then held on against it with some smothering defence to beat Munster and start their Guinness PRO14 season with two wins from two.
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.