Five weird and wonderful moments from The Open at Royal Troon
The course has witnessed many great performances and sensational shots played by the legends of the game.
But it's also been the stage for some very unexpected moments …
1923 - Shipyards to the rescue
At Troon’s first Championship most American competitors crossed the Atlantic in style, on the cruise ship Aquitania. Surely the last time big ships played a part in their story? Not quite.
Because on the eve of qualifying it was discovered that many of the visitors were using illegal irons with holes punched into the face to aid spin and control.
An emergency race to the Glasgow shipyards to find a specialist file averted disaster, although not for Gene Sarazen - his clubs passed the test but he didn’t, as he failed to qualify.
1923 - The Open in his pocket
That same year Aubrey Boomer discovered that there is something worse than a plugged lie in a bunker.
With his first shot from the trap, Boomer blasted clear, then watched as his ball looped high on the wind - and then dropped into his own jacket pocket.
Just one of many reasons for the evolution of golfing apparel.
1950 - One putt sorrow
Royal Troon’s famous 8th hole, the 123-yard Postage Stamp, has ruined many a round, but few experienced the devastation which befell Herman Tissies.
Had statistics been recorded that year some might have congratulated him on making a single putt.
Unfortunately the German Amateur champion had found the sand from the tee and played no less than 13 bunker shots, zigzagging across the green, before draining his one putt.
1973 - The Postage Stamp licked
Fifty years after failing to qualify on his first visit to Troon, Gene Sarazen returned to The Open as a former Champion.
In the first round he famously made a hole-in-one at the Postage Stamp. Less well-known is that in the second round he found a bunker from the tee and then holed out for birdie.
The 71-year-old had played the hole in 3-under-par through two rounds and didn‘t use his putter once.
1982 - Straight down the middle
Today the name Nathaniel Crosby has been lost to golfing time, but when he won the 1981 U.S. Amateur and claimed a place in the following year’s Open Championship it was quite a story.
Because Nathaniel was the son of the legendary singer and actor Bing Crosby, perhaps most famous for singing ‘White Christmas’. Another favourite of his was the golf-themed ‘Straight Down The Middle’.
Nathaniel might not have been humming it as he shot 82-84 to miss the cut.