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Ewen Murray explains his love for Royal Troon and The Open, some newcomers to the Sky commentary box and where the likely winner will come from. Replica Shoes Wholesale ... I look forward to every Tour event and treat them the same way as I will do the Open Championship, but Troon is a wonderful place to visit.After driving down from Inverness, I walked the course late on Monday night, when there was nobody there other than me by the time I left around 10 oclock. I found it in perfect condition, with it looking green and rather firm. The beauty of the game right now is that theres any one of maybe 40 players who can win around here. Ewen Murray The back nine here at Troon is special, from the minute you turn back into the prevailing wind towards the Isle of Arran. Theres a run of serious par fours at 13, 14 and 15 before the 16th presents one of the best par fives youll ever see.That stretch offers a great balance towards the finish, as you then have the par three before what may be in my eyes the best closing hole we have in Open golf. The Open on Sky Ways to watch The Open live on Sky Sports We have a couple of extra faces in the Sky Sports commentary box this week and to have Sir Nick Faldo in there is a big bonus. As a three-time winner of this Championship, he will be able to provide a great insight to whats going on as we head towards the week.One of my great pals, Ian Poulter, is with us too for the opening couple of days and I think he will be a sensation in the booth for us. Ian Poulter misses this years Open through injury Hes the type of person who will commit to everything he does and to the very best of his ability. He has been in the box before and enjoys it, so I have no doubt he will make a fantastic job of his time with us.Our very own Colin Montgomerie tees off not long after 6.30am and that could be very good for him, but then he wont get the front nine downwind and then he may get a breeze in the back nine. Colin Montgomerie will hit the first televised opening tee shot in Open history The weather will play a huge factor, especially over the first two days of The Open where you have a huge field playing off one tee.I think someone will get off to a very fast start and I can see someone five or six under after six at some point during the week. The back nine here is wonderful, but if you get it at the wrong time and youre into the strong wind then youre going to struggle. Whoever is going to win on Sunday is at some stage going to be asked to play that back nine into the breeze. How well they play it will determine how high they finish.Rory McIlroy hasnt performed to his optimum when it has been windy, but if he gets the right side of the draw and it is calm conditions then I think he could be very difficult to beat. Dustin Johnson celebrates with his first major trophy at the US Open Dustin Johnson comes to Scotland on a hot run of form, while Jason Days strike rate is incredible over the past 20 tournaments. Thats not forgetting two-time major winner Jordan Spieth, who has yet to come to the boil this year.We saw Jack Nicklaus dominate for a long time and then we saw Tiger Woods have total domination for a long time, but the beauty of the game right now is that theres any one of maybe 40 players who can win around here. I would expect the winner though to come from the top 15 in the world rankings, simply because of the good golf this course demands. Who will that winner be? I just dont know. Watch The Open throughout the week live on Sky Sports - your new home of The Open. Live tournament coverage begins on Thursday from 6.30am. Also See: Ways to watch The Open Rose: Dont rule out Rory The Open latest news Golf live on Sky Sports Cheap Shoes China Wholesale . And fellow Leaf, Jake Gardiner, hiking in Whistler. Wholesale Shoes 2020 . - After spending the morning in the hospital, Logan Couture gave the San Jose Sharks the spark they needed. http://www.wholesaleshoes.us.org/ .com) - Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett is active for Sundays matchup with the Miami Dolphins.CHAMROUSSE, France -- If Vincenzo Nibali was looking happier Friday after the Tour de France rode into the Alps, heres why: His top rival fell out of contention, he gained nearly a minute on his next-biggest challenger and oh, he won Stage 13 to boot. On a sunbaked and melting Alpine road, the 29-year-old Italian, cemented his control of cyclings greatest race with a solo-finish victory that was an afterthought to gaining time on other title contenders. Team Skys Richie Porte, who began the day in second, saw his title hopes all but vanish after he lost about 9 minutes to Nibali on the last climb along the grueling 197.5-kilometre (122-mile) trek from Saint-Etienne to Chamrousse ski station. Ever cautious, calm and understated after his stage win, Nibali noted that three big Alpine climbs still await Saturday and other punishing ascents are on tap in the Pyrenees next week. "For the coming days, I only know that I have to remain quiet," he said. But in the winners circle, where he collected the yellow jersey for the 11th time this year, Nibali perhaps let slip a bit more happy emotion -- knowing that a first Tour victory for an Italian since Marco Pantani in 1998 just got a little closer. "I expect more attacks tomorrow in another very hard stage and next week," Nibali said. "My advantage over Porte is good now. Hes the rider I feared the most in the closing time trial." If Nibalis mountain dominance keeps up -- on Monday, he won the only other high-mountain stage so far -- the 54-kilometre (33-mile) time-trial in Stage 20 from Bergerac to Perigueux is the only real challenge left in his way. The unexpected has gone Nibalis way. He surprised himself by winning an up-and-down Stage 2 stage in the hills and dales of Yorkshire and capturing his first Tour yellow jersey. He mastered cobblestone treachery in Stage 5, when 2012 Tour champ Chris Froome crashed out. And then, two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador went out five stages later after a fast downhill crash fractured his tibia. In a sport where many dominant riders in past years later turned out to be drugs cheats, Nibali confronted the issue of doping a day earlier, saying he expected questions about it. "This theme belongs to the past," he said, crediting recent efforts like enhanced testing and the biological passport to clean it up. This 101st Tour could become the third straight in which the winner locked up victory from before the halfway point. Last year, Froome was in yellow from the eighth stage onward. In 2012, Bradley Wiggins had the shirt for good after Stage 7. Nibali tookk it in Stage 2, lost it in Stage 9, and regained it a day later. Cheap Shoes China Free Shipping. Hes hoping to take it home after a largely ceremonial ride on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 27. A comeback by a rival would be exceptional by recent standards. After the 13th stage last year, Froome had three other riders within minutes. In 2012, Wiggins had only two. After Fridays ride, no one is within three minutes of Nibali. The first of two days in the snow-capped Alps lived up to its billing as the daunting final climb of 18 kilometres (12 miles) with an average 7.3 per cent gradient shook up the overall standings. The ride was hot: black tar on the recently resurfaced road to Chamrousse melted. Big crowds lined the route, including fans dressed as superheroes and one as a scantily clad Borat -- the Sacha Baron Cohen film character. As riders embarked on the final climb, the pack was mostly together and Valverdes Movistar team was pushing the pace. But when it hit the steepest part, Porte struggled and dropped off the back and Nibali briefly turned his head to look. Valverde attacked a short while later, but Nibali and the others reeled him in. Nibali said he felt "better and better" as he climbed, despite the heat of more than 30 degrees Celsius (86 F). When the Italian saw "Richie Porte in trouble," he turned his attention to gaining time on Valverde, he said. After two riders raced ahead, the Italian leader struck -- jumping out of his saddle, and pedaling while standing in the upright riding position known in French as "la danseuse" or the dancer. He overtook them, and went on to win. Portes troubles also meant others climbed in the standings: Frances Romain Bardet moved up to third, countryman Thibaut Pinot was fourth, and American Tejay van Garderen fifth. Nibali appeared to be taking a risk that his effort to distance his rivals could come back to haunt him. By his own admission a day earlier, he said that he feared the second Alpine day more. Saturdays 177-kilometre (110-mile) stage takes riders over three tough climbs from Grenoble to Risoul -- including the Izoard pass that is one of the hardest under cyclings ranking system. Some of his rivals seem to be accepting that Nibali may win. "Vincenzo is the strongest rider in the race, but after him, there is a place to take," Bardet said, referring to the final podium. Nibali "played it well", said FDJ.FR team manager Marc Madiot. "Now he can say Ive got all the cards, I can do what I want, when I want and if you try to slap me, I give two slaps in return." ' ' '

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