A professional golf ball made in Scotland almost 200 years ago has fetched £5000 at auction. The leather ball, filled with feathers, was designed by Allan Robertson in the 1820s and is stamped with his name. The Robertson family of St Andrews made golf balls from 1720 to 1836, with the business being handed down to Allan. The Scot was considered the best ball and club maker of his age. The “Robertson" stamp on the ball means it is even rarer than balls stamped “Allan”. It was bought at Mullocks Auctioneers in London last month by an Italian collector. The ball came from a private collector in New Zealand. Auctioneer John Mullock said: “The ball had been passed down to him through his grandfather and father. "How a golf ball from the period of the 1820s ended up in New Zealand is anybody’s guess.” Read More Top news stories today … [Read more...] about Rare Scots-made golf ball from 1820s fetches whopping £5000 at auction
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Justin Rose reclaimed his position as world No.1 after triumphing in a play-off against Haotong Li to successfully defend the Turkish Airlines Open. Rose displaces Brooks Koepka atop of the rankings after holding his nerve to make par on the 18th with Li three-putting to gift him the win. After overcoming a three-shot deficit to the Chinese star, the 38-year-old claimed he’s now playing the best golf of his career. “As a collective body of work, no doubt about it,” Rose said. “The consistency: I average 68.9 on the PGA Tour. That’s way lower than I’ve ever averaged. “If you look at the numbers, absolutely, but I think there’s still improvement to be had.” Li quickly frittered away a third of his lead with bogey on two and appeared shook after saving par on seven: pointing to his heart and allowing himself a wry smile as the ball threatened to lip out. But Rose’s big moment came with a birdie on 10, drawing level with Li and … [Read more...] about Justin Rose wins Turkish Open & reveals why he’s playing best golf of career
By Phil Casey A female spectator struck in the eye by a tee shot from Brooks Koepka during the Ryder Cup says she could have died as a result of the incident.Corine Remande was hit on the par-four sixth hole at Le Golf National and there have been reports she could lose the sight in her right eye.Remande, who travelled to the event with her husband from their home in Egypt, told BBC she could have been more seriously injured if the ball had missed her right eye and hit the side of her head.“I hope that with this terrible accident to improve this kind of safety for the public,” she said. “The doctor said immediately to my husband that it was a very big explosion in my eye and it was impossible for me now to see again with this eye. Remande is believed to be planning legal action against Ryder Cup organisers, saying course officials did not give adequate warnings.Koepka said on Tuesday he was “deeply hurt and saddened” by the incident. “I am … [Read more...] about I could’ve been killed, says Ryder Cup fan hit by golf ball
A spectator hit by a golf ball at the Ryder Cup says she has lost sight in one of her eyes and is planning to sue the organisers. Corine Remande, 49, was hit in the eye by a tee shot from American Brooks Koepka on Friday.Blood was described as gushing from her right eye and she has now said scans revealed her eyeball exploded and her socket was fractured, causing her to lose sight in that eye.She said on Monday that she plans to sue the tournament organisers as there was no warning from officials before the ball hurtled into spectators on the sixth hole.Ms Remande had travelled to France from Egypt with her husband Raphael to watch the biennial showdown between Europe and the United States, held at Le Golf National club in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines just outside Paris.US Open champion Koepka, 28, swiftly apologised to Ms Remande, saying "she was bleeding pretty good", and later signed her glove as an apology.He said he felt "terrible" and missed a number of shots afterwards, as he was … [Read more...] about Spectator hit by golf ball at Ryder Cup loses sight in one eye and will sue
DONALD Trump spends a lot of time on the golf course - even after taking on the most important job in the world. But is he any good? As it emerged he will extend his UK visit to play 18 holes in Scotland, here's our guide. What is Donald Trump's golf handicap? The US president began playing golf when he was at college and in 2005 wrote a book called The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received. The Apprentice TV host wrote: "For me and millions of people — men, women, young and old around the world — golf is more than a game. It is a passion." He claims to have a handicap of less than three, which would place him among the top rank of amateurs of any age. In November the 71-year-old leader of the free world raised eyebrows when he claimed to have shot a round of 68. He uploaded the score to the US Golf Association's Handicap Index, lowering his handicap from 2.8 to 2.5. It was the first time he had uploaded a score for over a year despite dozens of visits to courses. One commenter … [Read more...] about What’s Donald Trump’s golf handicap, how many courses does he own and what’s his golf swing like?