The Open gets a marine twist

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When players plot their way around Royal Liverpool’s course they expect to take in the usual sights and sounds of the Open Championship. Imagine their surprise when a golden Octopus was staring them in the face at the fourth green.


Gambling company Betfair placed the giant sea creature in a local garden at the back of the green, and it certainly stood out when the pros came by.

The Open :: Beatles tribute


The Octopus was placed by Betfair to honour Liverpool’s famous four: The Beatles. The model was a nod to the bands song Octopus’s Garden, released in 1969 as part of the iconic ‘Abbey Road’ album.

The eight tentacles on the Octopus make reference to Betfair’s offering of eight each-way places in the Open.

John Daly’s cartoon trousers


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Winner of the Open in 1995, John Daly is renowned for his outrageous clothing. In yesterday’s practice round the American added to the championship's marine twist by wearing trousers covered in children’s TV character, Sponge Bob Square Pants.

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