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.
Every year we pore over the results of golf’s biggest team competitions for clues to the perfect way to win. And it seems every year the trends change.
For the traditional Swilcan Bridge trophy pictures the organisers missed a trick by not getting Victor Perez to sit on a bucket.
Royal Portrush wanted glory and Rory, it got just rain and pain. But the opening day of the 148th Open did provide a foundation for what could be a championship worthy of the setting on its return to Northern Ireland.
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.
It’s been fun. Great fun. Actually, among the best fun you can have in sport. But it might well be over.
Even if you don’t like Rory McIlroy – and I’ve always found it a bit strange that anyone doesn’t like him – you couldn’t have wished yesterday at Royal Portrush on him.
Drumoig’s Connor Syme and last year’s Silver Medal winner Sam Locke are going back to the Open Championship after filling two of the three places available in Final Qualifying yesterday at Fairmont St Andrews.
They still just don’t get it. Not even after the repeated humiliations of 25 years.
Bronte Law's part in the Solheim Cup Glory at Gleneagles might go missing because of what happened moments later with Suzann Pettersen on the 18th, but it shouldn't.