"To think that we are going to determine where an Open Championship is held because of something somebody said on the political trail in America is ab

Now, why Peter Dawson didn't just say that in July at the R&A's Open Championship press conference when asked, is beyond me. Oh right, he's leaving office this today!

The Scotsman's Martin Dempster on Dawson cleaning out his Royal and Ancient clubhouse desk for Martin Slumbers, leaving the ceremonial note in the drawer that says "whatever you do don't touch the ball," and talking to a few writers.

Mostly, Dawson waxed on about his design projects underway at Portrus