July 17, 2002 |
Under slate-gray skies threatening to open at any second, dozens of children stood behind a metal security barrier outside the media interview room yesterday at Muirfield with autograph books, felt-tipped markers and disposable cameras. They were all waiting for Tiger Woods. Positioning was pivotal for the young autograph hounds, a third of whom were girls. Three preteen girls had a prime spot in front of the exit door. The door opened and Woods came into view, surrounded by six police officers wearing lime-green slickers.
July 16, 2002 |
The test at Muirfield begins immediately, when the golfer steps up to the first tee, stares 448 yards down a fairway as wide as a hotel corridor and then attempts to keep his legs from turning into Jell-O before hitting a single shot. "It's pretty scary for an opening hole," Nick Faldo, winner of the last two British Open championships here, said yesterday. That's Muirfield, this week the site of the 131st Open, a course considered by many to be the best of those in Great Britain that are part of a rotation used for the tournament.
July 14, 2002 |
Five reasons Tiger Woods will win. 1. He's playing with supreme confi-dence. 2. He possesses the creative short game needed over a links course. 3. He's well-rested. 4. He will have the intense support of the crowd. 5. He knows he can beat everyone else (as he has in the Masters and U.S. Open). Five reasons Tiger Woods won't win. 1. The relatively shorter length at Muirfield brings more people into contention. 2. Mickelson, Garcia, Els, et al, are tired of hearing how they fall short of Tiger.
July 16, 2013 |
INVERNESS, Scotland - A storm is brewing at Muirfield. Not of the weather variety that sent scores soaring in the third round when the British Open was last held there in 2002. It's the storm that once erupted at Augusta National for the Masters before it had female members and made a brief showing when the Open was held at Royal St. George's 2 years ago. Muirfield is one of three courses on the Open rotation - Royal Troon and Royal St. George's are the others - that have a men-only membership, which has been criticized as being out-of-touch and damaging to the staid reputation of the sport.
July 18, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland - Jordan Spieth has a problem that would be a major irritation to most teenagers. His cellphone keeps cutting out since he arrived in Scotland. "Honestly, my service plan is not working too hot over here," Spieth said Tuesday, strolling slowly toward the lunch tent at Muirfield. But Spieth isn't like most teens. This past weekend, the 19-year-old from Texas became the youngest PGA Tour winner in 82 years. Within hours, he was on a charter flight across the Atlantic, where he'll play in his first British Open beginning Thursday.
July 17, 2013 |
FOR THE FIRST two rounds of the British Open at Muirfield, Tiger Woods will be paired with former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. But yesterday, he was with skiing star Lindsey Vonn, who was inside the ropes, and by his side, during his practice round. The British tabloids followed the pair throughout the round. Vonn and Woods often exchanged smiles and talked as they walked along the fairways. Woods will be getting a late start in the opening round.
July 28, 2007 |
Tom Watson missed a 5-foot putt at the last hole and tossed away a share of the lead at the Senior British Open yesterday, while overnight leader Nick Faldo lost his putting touch and slipped to sixth. Watson finished with a par-71 and handed the lead to Des Smyth, who shot 70 and held the clubhouse lead with a 2-under-par 140 total at windswept Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland. No player broke 70 yesterday. "I left my putt short, about 5 feet and then I missed it," said Watson, who has won this event twice.
July 24, 1995 |
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.
July 20, 2002 |
At 39, after all he has achieved in golf, Colin Montgomerie feels he must convince himself he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level. Less than 24 hours after a sorry 74 left his status for the weekend in doubt, Montgomerie reversed field yesterday with a sparkling 7-under-par 64 at Muirfield that put him in contention for the championship of the British Open, the tournament he wants to win above all others. Montgomerie, who brushed off a radio reporter with an expletive after Thursday's round, was all smiles yesterday.
July 18, 2012 |
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.