Unusual Pin FlagsJuly 5, 2016

Scottish Open pro-am pin flags will test your maths skills

Equations, rather than numbers, on pin flags? We can think of a few players (and golf writers) who would play to the wrong green were they to have no other direction. But we digress.

The Scottish Open will be using these during its pro-am on Wednesday, as a way of promoting the learning of maths, as the Brits refer to mathematics:

Its Tweet mentions Making Maths Count, a Scottish government program aimed at encouraging “greater enthusiasm for maths.”

Of course, professional golfers’ approach to math is unconventional. Recall this old PGA Tour commercial, showing Ernie Els in a classroom teaching math.

Whatever, we expect the Scottish Open to come down to this hole on Sunday: (24-20)x9-18 =? at Castle Stuart.