Its critics say golf is a good walk spoiled. But for the majority of fans attending professional tournaments, it is a healthy day out.
For spectators easily achieve the NHS target of 10,000 steps while strolling from hole to hole to watch the action, research shows.
Fans who saw the Paul Lawrie Match Play event at Archerfield Links, East Lothian, last year averaged about 11,500 steps a day, researchers found. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, was the first to use pedometer data to assess golf spectators’ physical activity.
Jordan Spieth reacts after holing his birdie putt on the 16th green during the final round of the 146th Open Championship
It found that men took about 1,800