Doughtie Sr. On Golf (July 2013)

This month, golf's oldest and most prestigious Major ,takes place at Muirfield,Scotland,the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers(HCEG).
The 142nd staging of The Open,will be played over the Muirfield links for the 16th time,with Ernie Els,defending the trophy he snatched from Adam Scott last year at Lytham.The popular South African,won the Claret Jug,the last time is was contested over this course,considered by many to be the fairest test of links golf, in 2002.Two loops of 9 holes rotate in opposite directions,thereby never giving the players the same wind direction on consecutive holes.
This may be the reason why the victors at Muirfield,with the exception of Alf Perry in 1935,were or became multiple Major winners.The list is quite impressive.The first name on the trophy, from Muirfield, was Harold Hilton in 1892.An amateur ,who went on to win again in 1897,before he claimed the British Amateur on 4 occasions and the US Amateur in 1911.Harry Vardon won the first of his record 6 Open titles at the 1896 event.James Braid,holder of 5 successes got his initial Claret Jug at Muirfield in 1901 and was agian victrious there in 1906.Ted Ray,Walter Hagen,Henry Cotton,Gary Player,Jack Nicklaus,Lee Trevino,Tom Watson and Nick Faldo complete an impressive list of those who walked away from Gullane with the winners cheque.
Let us not forget that Rolf Muntz won the 1990 British Amateur at this location
After a series of Qualifying rounds staged all over the World the exempted players and those lucky enough to get through the challenging qualifying,156 competitors in all,will assemble at the home of The Honourable Company on July 18th.
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers,commenced their activities in 1744,ten years before the R and A and nine years after The Royal Burgess Golfing Society,with whom they shared a course at Leith Links in Edinburgh,prior to moving to Musselburgh.In 1891 they purchased links ground at Muirfield,Gullane on the coast of East Lothian and within 9 months Old Tom Morris had laid out a fine course.
They are responsible for the 1st set of The Rules of Golf.The simple 13 rules,which they established in 1744,became the basis for those which we adhere to today......however,I sure they never intended them to become the complex volume we now have,together with the Decisions on the Rules of Golf.....such is progress....
Members at HCEG are renowned for their love of foursome golf and usually manage 36 holes a day in 3 hours per 18,with a traditional lunch in between.
Anyhow the world's top golfers will not be playing foursomes and probably not indulging in the delights of the Muirfield kitchen when they gather in 2 weeks time.
Will an established Major winner add his name to the famous list of winners at this venue or will we be surprised with a newcomer to the title of Champion Golfer.
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