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Open Golf Sinks a Fortune into Scotland
The Open Championship in St Andrews brought 140 million into the Scottish economy last year, according to new research.

A report, commissioned by golf's governing body the R&A, showed spending by visitors to Scotland for the tournament generated 88 million - nearly double the 47.5 million achieved in 2010 when the event was last held at the Old Course.

St Andrews, which is known around the world as the home of golf, hosted the 144th Open in July, with American Zach Johnson winning the famous Claret Jug trophy.

Admissions topped more than 237,000 over the course of the event, with 93,000 fans flocking to the Fife town for the event, including 26,400 from overseas.

Separate research by Kantar Media Sport Intelligence suggested the event, which was broadcast to more than 500 million homes worldwide, generated a further 52 million in marketing benefit .

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Tam O'Ranter
March 2016

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