2014 British Open: Heading Down the Home Stretch

Harry Vardon


This year’s British Open is in full swing. I hope all of you are enjoying the action as the competition heats up and heads for the home stretch at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. This year’s campaign is the twelfth time the championship has been played at this location. Truly a favorite among the tournament organizers.

The golfers competing in this year’s open were chosen after competing in regional and final qualifying tournaments. There are exemptions for pro players who meet any of the 31 criteria set by R&A for choosing players. The criteria used by the R&A are mostly based on world rankings, performance in majors and money list rankings. The claret jug is the trophy that is usually awarded to the winner of the British Open. However, the winner must return the trophy before the next year’s championships and is given a replica to own permanently. This trophy was introduced into the championship in 1872 and replaced the championship belt which was the British Open trophy at the time. The jug bears the inscription ‘The Golf Championship Trophy’ and has each winners name engraved annually. This original trophy is on permanent display at the club house of the Royal ancient golf club found in St. Andrews.

Through my research of this infamous golf tournament, I came to know that the idea of the playoffs was first raised in the year 1986 but came into effect in 1989. The PGA championship tournament started using the 3 hole playoff in 2000. One of the most famous British Open winners is Harry Vardon who has recorded six wins. He is also famous for inventing the Vardon grip, an overlapping grip technique that is popular with today’s professional golfers. Another famous player is Tom Watson who dominated the championship between 1975 and 1983 recording 5 wins. Another player who made history at the British Open is Padraig Harrington who made history by becoming the first European golfer to win back to back in over 100 years. The British open has featured spectacular matches with the most famous one being the one played at Turnberry between Watson and Nicklaus in 1977. Watson however was the player who won the open.

This year’s British Open has lived up to the hype most exceptionally. And with two full days remaining, the folks at BET 365 have placed their faith in Rory McIlroy to take home the claret jug.

Well we know who the bookies are favoring, but how about you?

Royal Liverpool Golf Course

Smartphone Wars: Android vs. iPhone

Fake Food iPhone Cases

Android Devices

As the battle between which device is better – Android or iPhone rages on, I wanted to share with you some of the differences between the two to give you another perspective on a very intriguing debate in the smartphone wars.

Android devices for one are faced with many difficulties in the choice of applications with some not being able to access some applications due to having lower android software versions. The fact that many Google play applications are free comes as a plus to users as they are able to access more software submitted by developers. Apple iPhone users most of the time are charged in order to gain access to the applications on the devices market. Apple iPhone offers a better gaming platform for users with the devices dominating the mobile video gaming market and the iPod touch, a market which was controlled by Sony PSP and Nintendo games before. The developments in that sector indicate that the iPhone may soon overtake Nintendo and Sony. Due to the fact that most android devices offer free software, this has discouraged developers from submitting their games to the market and thus Android device users are left with few choices in their gaming market. This has given the iPhone an edge over its competitor as they have a high array of games from which device users can choose from. Android devices in the market have also come with different internal and operating memory spaces. Most of these devices are equipped with low devices memory which limits the number of applications that users can have installed in their devices. The iPhone on the other hand has a high internal memory space which ensures that users can install as many applications as they want to. Both devices have offered excellent GPS navigation systems which can be used by travelers to avoid getting lost. Battery life between the two different devices also varies.

Earlier in the production days, the iPhone was producing devices that needed daily charging but the latest releases have defied this trait and the batteries are able to last for several days. Android device’s batteries depend on the make of the phone that an individual is using as different manufacturers offer different battery standards. The devices background applications have led to the use of a lot of battery power. The apple brand whose phone battery is internal and cannot be easily be removed has led to some problems if users want a change. Android devices on the other hand offer flexibility as users can easily change a phones battery. Apple in the iPhone 5 has also introduced 4G networking. Some android devices are also equipped with this feature and this has led to better data speeds in the devices. However, many android devices are not equipped to handle 4G networks and this has led to lower connectivity for subscribers. It should however be noted that the use of 4G networks depends on the service providers of the countries in which individual phone users reside. The technological advances in the markets have seen the improvement of the mobile devices market and have led to higher connectivity among people.

Another realm where the devices differentiate is with the array of cases available to protect your device from the wear and tear of daily life. Available for iPhone holders are these intriguing fake food cases supplied by Fake Food Japan. Unfortunately for Android users, your choices are limited when it comes to wanting to purchase replica food cases as Fake Food Japan doesn’t have any selection available. But with that said, one area were Android users have the upper hand is definitely in regards to the amount of heavy-duty industrial cases. So if you are really looking to protect your phone, Android has the best to choose from. When it comes to funkiness, you cannot go wrong with an iPhone and its selection.