Welcome to this week’s Open Championship packed edition of Social Eyes – catching up with all the social media goings on at Royal Troon.
First up, Martin Kaymer had a fellow famous German sportsperson accompany him in an Open practice round – tennis star Sabine Lisicki. But are the pair an item? Not according to German newspaper Bild, who say they’re ‘just good friends’.
Now playing at the Open is new experience for a lot of players this week – but especially PGA Tour player William McGirt, as the Memorial Tournament winner revealed on Twitter that this was his very first trip to Europe!
Ready to head across the pond! My first trip to Europe. Looking forward to a kid-free week with this mama! pic.twitter.com/q0IbXv0mPU
— William McGirt (@WilliamMcGirt) July 10, 2016
John Daly was spotted putting one-handed on the Senior Tour last week. He took to Twitter to explain why, and had a hashtag that all of us amateur golfers can understand.
Putted 1 handed because really struggling with releasing the putter lately on longer putts that's it not disrespecting #thisgameisjusthard
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) July 12, 2016
His peers are loving him this week, too. Joost Luiten played a practice round with Daly…
Playing with @PGA_JohnDaly #legend #95openchampion #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/06vOGahfmp
— Joost Luiten (@joostluiten) July 13, 2016
While Smylie Kaufman admired him from afar on the driving range…
Speaking of Smylie, he really appreciated this by a sneaky scoreboard operator and gave it a RT.
@JustinThomas34 @RickieFowler @JordanSpieth @SmylieKaufman10 look what someone did to the scoreboard on 18 #SB2K16 pic.twitter.com/VfUqeQZkm5
— conorbyrne (@conorb111) July 12, 2016
Time for a selfie? It was for Darren Clarke and his Ryder Cup vice-captain Paul Lawrie on the tee at the Postage Stamp.
Postage stamp selfie with the Capt #earlydoors pic.twitter.com/rZhuFoqSuE
— Paul Lawrie (@PaulLawriegolf) July 13, 2016
Down at the green of the Postage Stamp, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston gave an indication of how deep the coffin bunker is…
Found myself lonely in the coffin bunker today. Wat a wicked hole. I think more par 3s should be like this.
A photo posted by Andrew 'Beef' Johnston (@beefgolf) on Jul 11, 2016 at 1:13pm PDT
The Postage Stamp is certainly the most talked about hole this week – but it won’t be the toughest. That award is likely to be given to the par-4 11th, which played at a stroke average of 4.65 in in 1997. Here’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello’s take on it…
Who wants to pick the line for me?There is a fairway somewhere through the gorse #11th @RoyalTroonGC @TheOpen pic.twitter.com/ww4C2OhAdY
— Rafael Cabrera Bello (@RCabreraBello) July 12, 2016