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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 250
A GREAT trophy that doubles as a drinking vessel – it’s the jug that keeps on giving. The Auld Claret Jug might never have been filled with claret, but it’s had an array of other beverages including champagne (Tony Lema and Greg Norman among others), Guinness (Stewart Cink) and John Smith’s Smooth Bitter and Irish Whiskey (Padraig Harrington). Cink even used the famous jug to baste a barbecue. N O MAJOR levels a field better than The Open. The combination of weather and the great links always conspire to push an experienced old-hand to the top of the leaderboard at some stage during the opening two rounds. Then there are years like 2008 (Greg Norman) and 2009 (Tom Watson) when a veteran threatens to re-write major championship history. Wouldn’t – and couldn’t – happen in any other event. L ONG before the Claret Jug there was The Challenge Belt, golf’s equivalent of a boxing champion’s belt, which was crafted from red Moroccan leather. The Open started the tradition of awarding a belt to the winner in the event’s inaugural staging in 1860. Young Tom Morris kept the belt after his third consecutive win in 1870, which caused the following year’s championship to be cancelled as there was no trophy to play for. The first jug was presented in 1873. A replica of the Challenge Belt was awarded to Louis Oosthuizen in 2010 when he won The Open, to mark 150 years since the first Open. THE GREATEST... VESSEL FOR DRINKING THE GREATEST... ACCESSORY THE GREATEST... FIELD LEVELLER
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