So battle lines are drawn.
Sky, BBC and BBC Alba have negotiated the TV rights to the most hotly anticipated golf match since Ronnie Corbett played Bruce Forsyth 24 years ago. In agreement with the three TV companies Sky will cover the coffee and bacon rolls in the morning, the BBC (channel BBC -8) will be there too early to cover anything and BBC Alba couldn't give a monkeys as no-one speaks Gaelic. So it will be left to your intrepid roving reporter, Jim Niblick, to provide a blow by blow account of the day.
There are many unanswered questions from last years competition....Is Dick in Shorts actually coloured blind or does he always dress like that? Will Mrs Dick in Shorts win the long drive hole? Will anyone try and chat up the waitress as last year....BIG crash and burn. Who actually is the biggest bandit? Does anyone really care?
Montrose is just a buzz with rumours, innuendo and general apathy. The links committee are unconcerned that the temporary grandstand at the 18th is actually facing the wrong way but they are happy that everything else is in place for the day itself. Celebrating it's 450th year the Montrose links trust secretary was asked if he could think of any better way to celebrate he replied, "Frankly, yes". So there you have it. First group is off at 10.44am with others to follow.
Watch this space for up to date reports, pictures, bad rulings from the refs, general malarlky and fashion reports on Dick in Shorts attire. You know you don't want to miss a thing.