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July 14, 2009

TaylorMade's 2009 British Open Staff Bag is Full of Symbolism

Posted at 11:17 AM by David Dusek | Categories: British Open, TaylorMade

TaylorMade-2009Brit-Bag TaylorMade-2009Open-Bag_450Dan Brown, the author of " The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons," would be proud of TaylorMade for incorporating so many symbols into the staff bag being given to players at Turnberry.

On the front of each bag is a large version of the logo on the right. The "RB" in the crown is for Robert the Bruce, who was born in Turnberry Castle in 1274. Eight years after being crowned King of Scots in 1306, his army defeated England's and won freedom for Scotland.

The four red jewels in the crown represent the Open Championships contested on Turnberry's Ailsa Course (1977, 1986, 1994 and 2009).

Golf fans should easily piece together what the sun, crossed swords and 77 symbolize—Tom Watson's victory in the 1977 Open over Jack Nicklaus that has come to be known as "Duel in the Sun." 

The dark mound rising from the water represents Ailsa Craig, the volcanic island 11 miles off the coast of Turnberry in the Irish Sea. Expect to see lots of photographs and images of Ailsa Craig during this week's Open coverage.

The crossed white stripes on the blue background at the bottom symbolize the national flag of Scotland.

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