British Open 2016: Will This Be the Year of the Underdog?

British Open 2016: Will This Be the Year of the Underdog?

2016 has been quite the year of the underdog. First there was Danny Willett’s dramatic victory at the Masters, making him the first Englishman in 20 years to win the title. Then, just as we were getting over Leicester City’s spectacular Premier League win, Wales beat the world’s number 2-ranked side Belgium to reach the semi-finals of the Euros. And who predicted England’s 3-0 whitewash of the Wallabies down under? Not us, that’s for sure. So with the British Open now upon us, we can’t help wondering whether we might be in for another thrilling underdog story. The British Open returns to Troon This year’s tournament will be hosted at Royal Troon on Scotland’s rugged west coast. Founded in 1878, Troon is one of golf’s most prestigious and challenging courses. The course has a reputation for outsider victories. Eight Opens have been played here in the past and, for five of the winners, Troon has been their only Major championship. In 1989, Mark Calcavecchia birdied the 18th hole twice in one day, beating Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in a three-way playoff to win the title. In 1997, Justin Leonard went into the final round five shots back – but a sensational final round of 65 saw him end up three clear. And let’s not forget the Open’s most recent outing at Troon in 2004. In one of golf’s great upsets, Todd Hamilton got the better of four-time Major winner Ernie Els in a playoff. Will this year see another surprise winner lift the Claret Jug? Why not? Here are five underdogs looking for their 15 minutes of fame...
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: a Firm Favourite on the F1 Calendar

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: a Firm Favourite on the F1 Calendar

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has taken place every year since 2009 and has grown to become a firm favourite on the F1 calendar. Taking place in late November, visitors can enjoy Abu Dhabi’s warm temperatures without the high humidity experienced during other months. This modern Emirate is a popular holiday destination. Emirates and Etihad run regular direct flights to Abu Dhabi from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh, making it easily accessible in just under seven hours. The Yas Marina circuit is located on Yas Island, approximately 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi City. With plenty of four and five-star city hotels, shopping malls, beaches and tourist attractions, it’s no surprise Abu Dhabi is so popular. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: the race Since the inaugural race in 2009, we’ve seen a lot of championship titles won here at the last race of the season. Sebastian Vettel has achieved the most wins at the circuit, dominating for the first few years whilst he was at Red Bull. In more recent years, a battle has played out between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Hamilton won double points in 2014 to become Drivers’ Champion, while Rosberg took first place on the podium in 2015. The tension continues to build this season between Hamilton and Rosberg, and it’s likely the Mercedes teammates will battle it out again this November. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: the viewing Grandstands In our eyes, the Yas Marina circuit is unlike any other. When it was designed it took on a completely different feeling from any other F1 circuit. Rather than having ten or twenty different grandstands like in Monza...