Call after Stenson burgled
MERSEYSIDE police detectives are urging people to help them catch the burglars who broke into the luxury home being rented by 2016 Open golf champion Henrik Stenson last Thursday.
Raiders struck on a property on Freshfield Road in Formby while Stenson, who lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Troon last year, was playing at Royal Birkdale.
Police were called at around 5pm, but it is believed the house was burgled some time between noon and 2.45pm. HE 146th Open golf championship at Royal Birkdale in Southport has been a resounding success, according to fans.
Huge crowds mean that this year’s Open has been the biggest ever held in England, with more than 235,000 people flooding into the course from all over the world, from countries including the US, South Korea, Australia and Japan.
The eyes of the world have been on Southport for the past week.
The fun has been spread around the town with a spectacular Open golfthemed sculpture in front of The Atkinson, and lots of free themed activities in the Town Hall Gardens with the Summer of Golf.
Visiter readers have told us what they think of this year’s event – while also sending us their pictures from Royal Birkdale.
Stephanie Dagger said: “This was my first time at The Open with my little girl and husband! It was absolutely fantastic!
“The staff, security and police were so professional, helpful and courteous as were the spectators. “What a brilliant day out. “The fact children could go for free was a fantastic idea.”
Julia Vegh said: “Loved my day with my girls on Friday.
“It’s so well organised and there’s lots to keep the kids entertained.
“I’m looking forward to my day there on Sunday with my husband and without the kids even more though!”
Jo Garvin said: “Loved it! Well organ- ised and safe. The police were friendly and reassuring. The ladies toilets were dirty and very short of loo paper.”
Andy Bate said: “Absolutely amazing, so much for the kids to do, free entry for under-16s.
“Getting to see some of the world’s best golfers up close, and as mentioned everyone involved so friendly and helpful.” See his son’s story in panel below.
Janet Harrison said: “Had a great day on Friday despite being drenched. Great atmosphere and good banter with the fans. My brother is a golf pro in Italy and been to many British opens. Birkdale by far the best course.”
Liza Smallman said: “It was an amazing event. The no readmission policy didn’t bother us at all because we were there to watch great golf all day.
“The staff and volunteers were so polite and helpful. An absolute credit to our town.”
Glenn Wallworth said: “Great event, only problem was the lack of toilets out on the course, plenty of bars but nowhere to get rid of the Stella.”
Nina Katie Aspinwall said: “We had a fantastic time! Great to walk around the course following the golfers.”
Golf fans from around the world have also been leaving their comments on The Open Facebook page.
Phil Ashcroft said that he was impressed by this year’s tournament attracting the biggest ever crowd for The
Spectators relaxing in front of a big screen Birkdale’s natural dunes offered great viewing for spectators, seen here at the 8th hole Jordan Spieth gives Zach a touch of the Claret Jug
Stephanie Dagger with daughter Emme, one, and a police officer at Royal Birkdale