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French golfer Clement Sordet at Royal Troon: ‘I just say my prayers’

July 16, 2016

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France’s Clement Sordet, playing in his first British Open, woke up Friday to the horrific news from Nice, France, where he lives with his girlfriend.

At one point, Sordet was asked what he said to other players when he arrived at Royal Troon on Friday morning, ESPN’s Jason Sobel writes in this story on Sordet and his playing through his grief.

“I just say my prayers,” he told them. “That's it.”

How bad was the weather? This bad

How bad was the weather Friday afternoon at Royal Troon? Jonathan Liew of the Telegraph writes about his experiences in the rain there.

“Ever since we voted to leave the European Union, plenty of people up and down the country have been lamenting that they ‘no longer feel British’. To those people, I offer the following remedy: get yourself down to Troon at an ungodly hour and cower in the driving rain whilst watching tiny stick figures playing golf. It may not be a lasting substitute for a second referendum, but if standing in the middle of a field squinting at Sergio Garcia through misted glasses doesn't resuscitate your inner patriot, then nothing will."

Railway hole at Troon 'fits nobody's eye'

“Let’s be honest,” said Bubba Watson, “that hole fits nobody’s eye.”

So begins this story by Steve Douglas of the Associated Press on Royal Troon’s 11th hole, called “Railway” for the train tracks running parallel to it, and the carnage for which it was responsible on Friday.