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June 5, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Ben Curtis hasn't taken the claret jug on a world tour since winning the British Open, but he decided to bring it with him this weekend for a little motivation. So far, it appears to be working at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Curtis feels so confident about his game that he took aim at the flag on the 18th hole and walked off with a birdie, giving him a 3-under-par 69 yesterday and a share of the lead with Justin Rose and Stephen Ames. "Looking at that thing gives you goose bumps," Curtis said of the claret jug, which he won last year at Royal St. George's as the 396th player in the world ranking.
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July 20, 2003 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The arcane and occasionally cruel rules of golf claimed two more victims in the Open yesterday. Playing partners Jesper Parnevik and Mark Roe both were disqualified for signing incorrect scorecards. Somehow Parnevik and Roe failed to exchange scorecards on the first tee so that they could keep each other's score, as is done in tournament golf. As a result, each player spent the round writing down the other's score on his own card - an error that neither caught during the round nor in the scorers' tent afterward, despite double- and triple-checking every number.
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July 22, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Clutching the claret jug, Ben Curtis, the newest and most improbable British Open champion, returned home to Ohio yesterday to tears, applause and signs proclaiming him "Big Ben. " Curtis was surrounded by cameras as he visited with friends and family at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. About 25 people were waiting for his return from London. "This is awesome," said Curtis, who appeared overwhelmed by the number of well-wishers at the airport baggage claim. On Sunday, the 26-year-old became the first player since 1913 to win a major golf championship on his first try. With his fiancee by his side, he said he realizes his life won't be the same after one of golf's biggest upsets.
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July 18, 2011 | By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
SANDWICH, England - Another major goes to Northern Ireland. The surprise was Darren Clarke's name on the claret jug. Ten years after he last contended in a major, no longer in the top 100 in the world, Clarke delivered his defining moment Sunday in the British Open when he held off brief challenges from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to win golf's oldest championship. The weather was so wild that heavy rain changed to sunshine, back and forth all afternoon, while the wind was relentless.
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July 23, 2013 | By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
GULLANE, Scotland - Phil Mickelson is mystified no more by links golf. He has his name etched in a silver claret jug to prove it. Mickelson delivered his best closing round ever in a major on Sunday - in the British Open, of all places - running off four birdies over the last six holes for a 5-under-par 66 at Muirfield to win the third leg of the career Grand Slam. "This is such an accomplishment for me because I just never knew if I'd be able to develop the game to play links golf effectively," Mickelson said.
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July 23, 2013 | Associated Press
GULLANE, Scotland - Phil Mickelson is mystified no more by links golf. He has his name etched in a silver claret jug to prove it. Mickelson delivered his best closing round ever in a major yesterday - at the British Open, of all places - when he ran off four birdies over the last six holes for a 5-under 66 at Muirfield to win the third leg of the career Grand Slam. "This is such an accomplishment for me because I just never knew if I'd be able to develop the game to play links golf effectively," Mickelson said.
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July 24, 1995 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
From 1963 to '80, Jack Nicklaus finished worse than sixth in the British Open only once, a tie for 12th in 1965. He won it three times and was second on seven other occasions, a record. But since 1982, the best golfer in history has not been in the top 10. This year he made the cut for the first time since 1992 on the Old Course at St. Andrews, where he won the claret jug in 1970 and '78. He closed with a 1-under 71 yesterday for an 8-over 296 total. He said he will return in 2000, when the event is next held here.
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August 8, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Phil Mickelson admits he had a dream the night before the final round of the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club that he had won the championship. Once he awoke, it took him at least a full minute to realize he actually hadn't done it. Now when Mickelson wakes up in the morning, he takes a look at the Claret Jug to prove to himself that winning the British Open was real. "I just remember feeling that elation, and for the past week or two that I've had the Claret Jug, I've been looking at it when I wake up just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Mickelson said Tuesday at Oak Hill Country Club after completing a practice round for the PGA Championship and signing autographs for more than half an hour.
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July 18, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Ernie Els walked toward the century-old clubhouse that sits squarely behind the 18th green at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Just the sight of it Monday evening was enough to bring back a memory. It wasn't a particularly good one. Els made a furious charge on Sunday in 1996, his first time in serious contention at the British Open. He chipped away at an 8-shot deficit to Tom Lehman until he was slowed by a bogey on the 16th and another on the 18th for a 67. That left him 2 shots behind, having to wait around to see if Lehman would somehow make a double bogey on the 16th hole.
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August 13, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Tiger Woods climbed into the courtesy Mercedes SUV and drove away Sunday from Oak Hill Country Club, maybe wondering when - or if - he will ever break his streak of winless majors. Woods wrapped up his 19th straight major without a trophy, a Claret Jug or a green jacket, shooting a par 70 in the final round of the PGA Championship. His aggregate of 4-over 284 left him in a tie for 40th, tied for his worst finish as a professional in a major in which he has posted a 72-hole score.
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July 16, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IN ENGLAND, only two courses are older than Royal Liverpool. Or Hoylake, as it's better known for the seaside town that surrounds it. The club as founded in 1869 and 28 years later hosted the first of what this week will be a dozen Open Championships, as they simply call it everywhere outside the United States. In the modern rotation, only St. Andrews (28), Muirfield (16) and Royal Troon (14) have been the venue more often. It was taken out of the rotation after 1967 not because of the course but rather the notion that it could no longer cope with the logistical issues, such as parking and concession space.
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August 13, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Tiger Woods climbed into the courtesy Mercedes SUV and drove away Sunday from Oak Hill Country Club, maybe wondering when - or if - he will ever break his streak of winless majors. Woods wrapped up his 19th straight major without a trophy, a Claret Jug or a green jacket, shooting a par 70 in the final round of the PGA Championship. His aggregate of 4-over 284 left him in a tie for 40th, tied for his worst finish as a professional in a major in which he has posted a 72-hole score.
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August 8, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Phil Mickelson admits he had a dream the night before the final round of the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club that he had won the championship. Once he awoke, it took him at least a full minute to realize he actually hadn't done it. Now when Mickelson wakes up in the morning, he takes a look at the Claret Jug to prove to himself that winning the British Open was real. "I just remember feeling that elation, and for the past week or two that I've had the Claret Jug, I've been looking at it when I wake up just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Mickelson said Tuesday at Oak Hill Country Club after completing a practice round for the PGA Championship and signing autographs for more than half an hour.
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July 23, 2013 | By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
GULLANE, Scotland - Phil Mickelson is mystified no more by links golf. He has his name etched in a silver claret jug to prove it. Mickelson delivered his best closing round ever in a major on Sunday - in the British Open, of all places - running off four birdies over the last six holes for a 5-under-par 66 at Muirfield to win the third leg of the career Grand Slam. "This is such an accomplishment for me because I just never knew if I'd be able to develop the game to play links golf effectively," Mickelson said.
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July 23, 2013 | Associated Press
GULLANE, Scotland - Phil Mickelson is mystified no more by links golf. He has his name etched in a silver claret jug to prove it. Mickelson delivered his best closing round ever in a major yesterday - at the British Open, of all places - when he ran off four birdies over the last six holes for a 5-under 66 at Muirfield to win the third leg of the career Grand Slam. "This is such an accomplishment for me because I just never knew if I'd be able to develop the game to play links golf effectively," Mickelson said.
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July 18, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Ernie Els walked toward the century-old clubhouse that sits squarely behind the 18th green at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Just the sight of it Monday evening was enough to bring back a memory. It wasn't a particularly good one. Els made a furious charge on Sunday in 1996, his first time in serious contention at the British Open. He chipped away at an 8-shot deficit to Tom Lehman until he was slowed by a bogey on the 16th and another on the 18th for a 67. That left him 2 shots behind, having to wait around to see if Lehman would somehow make a double bogey on the 16th hole.
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July 18, 2011 | By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
SANDWICH, England - Another major goes to Northern Ireland. The surprise was Darren Clarke's name on the claret jug. Ten years after he last contended in a major, no longer in the top 100 in the world, Clarke delivered his defining moment Sunday in the British Open when he held off brief challenges from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to win golf's oldest championship. The weather was so wild that heavy rain changed to sunshine, back and forth all afternoon, while the wind was relentless.
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July 14, 2011 | Associated Press
SANDWICH, England - Steve Stricker can appreciate better than most how the British Open is unlike any other major. One day after winning the John Deere Classic with a birdie-birdie finish on the green, manicured fairways of a TPC course in America's heartland, Stricker was trying to stand upright on the lunar links of Royal St. George's. The yardage book was more of a guide than the gospel. It was tough to control his golf ball through the air, even harder when it was bouncing along the ground.
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July 2, 2011 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
Justin Leonard just turned 39 last month. He has won a dozen times on the PGA Tour. In 1997, he lifted the claret jug at Royal Troon. Two years later, he drained the most memorable putt in Ryder Cup history to cap the greatest comeback ever in that event. So the game has been good to him. But it can also be cruel. In his last 43 tournaments, he's had a single top 10, none this season. He has missed the cut in seven of his last 10 starts. But there he was yesterday at Aronimink, going around in 3-under-par 67 to grab a share of the second spot through 36 holes of the AT&T National, two shots off the lead.
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August 11, 2010 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
KOHLER, Wis. - Most people, even some who should know better, probably still can't pronounce his name. Doesn't matter. He owns a claret jug. It's a pretty good bet the engraver got the spelling right. Less than a month ago, 28-year-old South African Louis Oosthuizen (West-high-zen sounds close enough) changed his life forever, by winning the British Open at St. Andrews. Now he comes to the final major of the season as a somebody. Only time will tell if he's destined to be one more Todd Hamilton, or the latest player from his homeland to make a name for himself in this goofy game.
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