R&A response to Trump – here are six bites from The Open in Sandwich

Kevin Kisner’s lonely round, ticket technology troubles and R&A’s response to Donald Trump’s Turnberry tantrum… Six bites taken from The Open at Royal St George’s in Sandwich

  • Kevin Kisner shrugged off a partner-less final round to card a two under par 68
  • Like at Wimbledon, the digital tickets system suffer a few hiccups in Sandwich
  • Peter Gardiner-Hill, 94, scrambled his way up to the best seat in the house
  • Donald Trump’s gripe about Turnberry’s blacklist drew short shrift from R&A  

Collin Morikawa held off the challenge to claim his second major on just his eighth appearance in one of golf’s elite events. 

However, there were many other interesting stories on and off the course at Royal St George’s.

Sportsmail’s Mike Dickson and Matt Hughes take you through it… 

Kevin Kisner was undeterred by his lack of a playing partner as he shot 68 on Sunday

KISNER’S EARLY MARKER

COVID regulations meant that Sunday’s lone early starter Kevin Kisner was not allowed a playing partner — as can usually be his choice. 

Instead, he was accompanied only by marker Nigel Wightman, a member from nearby Royal Cinque Ports. 

Kisner shot a very decent 68 in exactly two-and-a-half hours, showing quick golf can be good golf.   

TICKET TECH ISN’T FOR EVERYONE

As at Wimbledon, The Open will be considering the future of ticketless systems after circumstances dictated that all was done electronically this year. 

It worked well for most, but some older patrons struggled. Ticket staff dealt with hundreds needing help with their mobiles and, in particular, accompanying health questionnaire requirements.

GARDINER-HILL’S BIG CLIMB

The best viewing spot at Sandwich might have been from the large stand behind the 17th green, with its panoramic views of the course and the sea. 

Despite being steeply banked, it did not deter Peter Gardiner-Hill, ex-R&A captain and venerated figure within golf, from going out to experience it this weekend at the grand old age of 94.

CAMERON READY FOR A SCRUM

Cameron Smith wore his usual last-day all-maroon colours matching Queensland’s rugby league team, despite them going down 2-1 to New South Wales in the State of Origin series.

The Aussie, 27, had a simple approach to the weekend’s pressures. ‘It’s head down, a*** up and try to get as high up the leaderboard as you can,’ he said.

NO TURNING ON TURNBERRY

Turnberry remains on the R&A’s blacklist until former US President Donald Trump sells it

Donald Trump’s complaints over the weekend about Turnberry being ignored as an Open venue on the grounds that he is too ‘controversial’ received short shrift from R&A officials yesterday. 

The former US President’s course in Ayrshire remains on the R&A’s blacklist, unless he should choose to sell it that is.

A COURSE OF VACCINATIONS

The vaccination centre at Royal St George’s has been doing a roaring trade this week, with 1,300 people jabbed over the last four days. 

Most of the golf fans visiting the on-site medical centre were aged between 25 and 35, vindicating the Government’s decision to take jabs out to the public.

More than 1,000 people were given COVID jabs over the four days at Royal St George’s




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