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The Open Brings £140M Benefit to Scotland

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 January 2016 22:39 Saturday, 23 January 2016 21:51

Nicola Sturgeon and Johnnie Cole-HamiltonThe study, commissioned by the R&A, shows spending by visitors to Scotland for the tournament generated £88 million – nearly double the £47.5 million in visitor impact achieved in 2010 when the event was last held at the Old Course.

A further £52 million in marketing benefit was realised thanks to the exposure gained by St Andrews and Scotland being broadcast to more than 500 million households worldwide, according to separate research carried out by Kantar Media Sport Intelligence.

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British Open to Move to NBC a Year Earlier, Starting in 2016

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:47 Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:43

altCanadian Press

NEW YORK, New York (AP) — British Open broadcasts on NBC will start a year early, debuting in 2016.

In June, NBC Sports Group announced a 12-year deal with the R&A for U.S. television coverage starting in 2017. ESPN was scheduled to air the tournament next July to complete an eight-year contract, but NBC said Monday it had negotiated with the R&A and ESPN to take over in ’16. The original agreement will still go through 2028.

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BBC Requests Release from Contract to Deliver Live Coverage for The Open 2016

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 02:54 Thursday, 01 October 2015 02:49

altFollowing the BBC’s announcement, The R&A can confirm that it was approached in recent weeks by the BBC to discuss being released from its contract to provide live coverage of The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2016. After significant deliberation, The R&A has accepted the BBC’s proposal and agreed that the BBC be allowed to amend its broadcast arrangements for The Open 12 months early.

As a result of these discussions, The R&A approached Sky Sports to assess its willingness to broadcast The Open from 2016 rather than 2017. The R&A is grateful to Sky Sports for agreeing to commence live broadcasting of The Open a year early.

No additional revenue will be received by The R&A in 2016 as a result of this new arrangement.

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Slam Gone, Spieth Gears Up for Next Major

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 05:11 Thursday, 23 July 2015 04:58

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (Tim Dahlberg/AP) — Jordan Spieth headed home from a grueling week at the British Open with history on his mind and another major in his future.

Next up is the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. And if the Grand Slam is no longer in play, there’s still plenty out there.

“I don’t know how many guys have done three majors in a year,” Spieth said. “I’m sure there’s only been a few.”

Very few, actually.

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Zach Johnson Wins British Open in 4-Hole Playoff

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 01:02 Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:13

Zach JohnsonCanadian Press

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Zach Johnson cradled the silver claret jug in his arms. Jordan Spieth let it slip through his fingers.

Spieth was right where he wanted to be in his spirited bid for the Grand Slam — tied for the lead with two holes to go in the British Open, right after making a 50-foot birdie putt that made it feel as though he were destined to win at St. Andrews for his third straight major.

And he was still there at the very end, but only as a spectator.

The slam gone, Spieth graciously returned to the steps of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse to watch Johnson finish off a sterling performance of his own. Johnson rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that got him into a three-man playoff, and he outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman to win the British Open.

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