July 18, 2013
DID YOU KNOW? * Eleven of the previous 13 majors have been won by players who had never won one before. * Eighteen of the previous 19 majors have been won by different guys. The only one with two in that span is Rory McIlroy. * Non-Americans have won the previous four majors. * The record for low score at the British Open is 267, by Greg Norman in 1993 at Royal St. George's. * Eight players have shot 63 in this major: Mark Hayes (1977, Turnberry), Isao Aoki (1980, Muirfield)
July 24, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Ernie Els kept feeling that something special could happen in the British Open, and it did. But only after a collapse by Adam Scott that no one imagined. Four shots ahead with four holes to play - after eight consecutive holes with nothing worse than par - Scott bogeyed them all and had to fight back tears on the 18th green Sunday as the magnitude of his meltdown began to sink in. Els, who started the final round 6 shots behind, finished off a flawless back nine with a 15-foot birdie putt for a 2-under-par 68 that looked as if it would do little more than lock up another runner-up finish at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
July 22, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - The ball tumbled over the edge of a pot bunker and appeared to put Adam Scott in the worst spot he had been all day at the British Open. All he saw was opportunity. From the wet sand right of the 17th green, Scott had to clear two more pot bunkers to reach the green, with the flag only five paces from the edge. Scott was thinking about birdie, not trying to save par, so he confidently told caddie Steve Williams, "I can handle this. " The shot came out pure, trickled by the cup and settled a foot away.
July 21, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Unlike the people in charge of the weather forecast, Adam Scott got everything just about right Thursday in the British Open. Scott was determined not to take himself out of contention in the opening round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, as he had done in the first two majors this year. Caddie Steve Williams gave him a pep talk to play the first hole as if it were the last one. And in calm conditions, Scott raced out to the lead and almost into the record book.
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.
June 23, 2012 |
CROMWELL, Conn. - Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson shot a 4-under 66 on Friday to take a 1-stroke lead in the suspended second round of the Travelers Championship. The Swede had a 9-under 131 total. He's trying to join Phil Mickelson, the 2001 and 2002 winner, as the only players to successfully defend a title at River Highlands. Charley Hoffman opened with five consecutive birdies and was a shot back through six holes when rain suspended play for the day. LPGA WATERLOO, Ontario - Rookie Sandra Changkija remained on top of the leaderboard after the completion of the first round at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
October 28, 2005 |
Jean Van de Velde, who blew the British Open 6 years ago on the final hole, will attempt to enter next year's women's British Open. "I'll even wear a kilt and shave my legs," he said yesterday after shooting a 7-over-par 78 in the first round of the Volvo Masters in Sotogrande, Spain. Van de Velde, 39, became infamous in the 1999 British Open when he led by three strokes going to the 72nd hole, then wound up losing the tournament in a playoff. The Frenchman is upset with a recent policy set by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to allow women to qualify for next year's British Open.
June 17, 2004 |
This was a different David Duval who appeared yesterday at the U.S. Open. He smiled easily. His eyes, uncovered by his trademark sunglasses, glistened, and his voice trembled whenever he talked of his life and his new wife. Duval, the No. 1 player in the world as recently as five years ago, announced Saturday night that, for the first time in eight months, he would return to competition at the U.S. Open beginning today at treacherous Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. His decision to return was about as mysterious as his decision to leave in October after the Las Vegas Invitational, where he missed the cut for the 16th time in 20 tournaments in 2003 and saw his world ranking fall through the 200s and 300s to its current level, No. 434. "I've made a statement on a couple of occasions that if I had to make a choice between friends and family and competitive golf, there's not much of a choice," he said before embarking on his first - and only - practice round.
August 12, 2001 |
According to the calendar, the PGA Championship is the last of golf's four major championships. In the minds of many in the golf world, it also had ranked last over the years in prestige among the big four. The Masters had Augusta National and the Bobby Jones mystique. The U.S. Open posed golf's most demanding test. The British Open owned tradition and attracted worldwide attention. The PGA? It had some forgettable courses (remember Shoal Creek?), unlikely winners (whatever happened to Wayne Grady?
July 29, 2001 |
Okay, so David Duval has finally won a major championship. What now? Here's betting he wins next month's PGA Championship. Really, it wouldn't be a surprise, not if you saw the look of relief, accomplishment and confidence on Duval's face as he clutched the Claret Jug after his victory in the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes last Sunday. And it wouldn't come as a surprise if you've followed Duval's career over the years. Five years ago, before rookie Tiger Woods had begun to dominate, Duval already had the reputation as one of the future golden boys of the PGA Tour.