And so it starts...after much anticipation the 2013 Open Championship tees off at Muirfield, and it's not the best of starts for the early morning crowd. Lots of people are having problems on the first dog-legged hole.
I can't spare the time to watch the coverage on the Beeb today so I've had to do with the rolling website instead. But if, like me, you're struggling to imagine the course this interactive guide to the course by Gary Player on The Guardian website may be of some help
What I've noticed from the initial satellite image is that unlike most links courses, Muirfield is not laid out with 9 holes up the coast and the back 9 returning along the coast. This unusual lay out must mean that the infamous links wind will be coming from a different direction on pretty much every hole.
Another thing that piqued my interest was the prize money. This is the 16th time that Muirfield has hosted the Open and in that time the prize money has increased massively. When Nick Faldo won in 1992 he took away £95,000 while Ernie Els took away £700,000 in 2003. This year's prize is £945,000. That's inflation busting!
So the big question is who will walk away with the prize? Answers on a postcard...