The Open at Muirfield, not open to search engines

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  • July 9, 2013
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

In just over a weeks time The Open kicks off at Muirfield but it seems that the official website has not quite got the whole “open” sentiment right just yet. At the moment the site is blocking search engines from crawling the site via the following robots.txt file:

Sitemap: http://www.theopen.com/sitemap.xml
User-agent: *
User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Google is handling things pretty well and is pulling the title and description for the site from Dmoz but this of course has an American bias and has the pretty major error of calling it “the British Open” rather than “The Open Championship” which is almost as bad as Google calling it a “sports league championship” in their knowledge graph box (screenshots below).

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