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In digital age, Open clings to tradition
Gullane, July 21, 2013
First Published: 01:47 IST(21/7/2013)
Last Updated: 01:56 IST(21/7/2013)

Change comes slowly to the British Open - see the all-male membership at Muirfield - but it does come.

The proof this year is in larger-than-life color on the seventh, 13th, 16th and 17th holes, where big LED scoreboards have been installed for the first time for the 142nd edition of this tournament.

The new screens are much more than scoreboards. They display video highlights of the round underway; head shots and biographical information of the players and up-to-the-moment data on fairways and greens hit in regulation. If you stand close, you can hear them hum with electrical power.

High above the 18th hole Friday, the sound effects were rather different inside the two big yellow scoreboards that have long guarded the finish. There were shuffling feet, firmly delivered orders, the sound of plastic letters and name cards being slipped quickly into slots and the occasional cry of victory. by New York Times

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