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New British Open champion Henrik Stenson.

In our recent article about the strong contenders for the open 2016, we mentioned that this year, both Majors and US open have been won by first-time major winners and somewhat same is expected from the Open.

The Royal Troon has often delivered strange winners and Henrik Stenson , the winner of the Open 2016, is the first ever from a Scandinavian nation to receive the Claret Jug.

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Henrik had 3 top-three finishes in the Open since 2008 and was hopeful of the Claret Jug at the Troon.

The Swede, 40, birdied four of his final five holes to win his first major with an Open Championship record score of 20 under par at Royal Troon to defeat Phil Mickelson. Stenson received a cheque of 1.175 million pounds ($1.55 million).

  • His winning moments:

Congratulations Henrik Stenson.

Lahiri confident after solid start at the Open.

Anirban Lahiri produced a steady 69 in the opening round of the Open at the Royal Troon. Lahiri is paired with the Spanish powerhouse , Sergio Garcia and the English Bradley Keegan.

The 29-year-old reigning Asian Tour number one needed 33 putts to negotiate the greens and ended the day in tied 22nd place, six shots behind runaway leader Phil Mickelson of the United States.

“I think I played pretty good but left a few opportunities out there on the back nine. It was a good day to score, the wind died down. I had a few good looks but didn’t convert. I’m a bit disappointed with not shooting a couple under on the back nine but I’m quite happy with the way I played as I found a lot of fairways especially on a lot of the tighter holes and found a lot of greens. That’s a good sign hopefully,” said Lahiri, who is making his fourth appearance at The Open.

“I hit a couple of good putts early on. Two was a good one for me and I made a good save on three after finding the fairway bunker. That felt like a birdie,” he said.

“I had a lot of looks from 25 feet and a couple from inside 10 feet. Made good strokes but didn’t find the bottom of the cup. I focused pretty well. When you’re coming home, you can’t afford to get frustrated. If you do that, you try to push too hard, the course can bite you.”

“In the last two holes that I didn’t play solid, it was nice to not drop shots as I wasn’t in position,” said Lahiri.

“I was expecting the winds to pick up and with the sunshine all day, I thought the greens would get a little firmer but they didn’t. In a sense, it was a good draw to play in the afternoon. Whatever conditions tomorrow you just have to go out and play it. It’s the same for everyone.”

Asian Tour Release.

The return of the Claret Jug.

The trophy, first awarded in 1873, must be returned after a year by the winner, who then receives a replica.
2015 winner of The Open, Zach Johnson, returns the Claret Jug to Royal Troon ahead of this year’s Championship

The British open begins today at the Royal Troon. Johnson, 40, is grouped with Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson for a 14:15 BST tee-off on day one.

Birds eye view of the Royal Troon golf course.

You don’t need to be at the Troon to discover its beauty, watch and appreciate it right here.

Take a look at the setup that will be placed for The 145th Open at Royal Troon Golf Club, 10th – 17th July 2016.

Get a birds-eye view of the whole course as this flyover takes you from the first tee to the 18th green of this spectacular club.

Sheer beauty. Isn’t it?