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The Open - Day 3 Wrap Up

Adding to the pressure was knowing that Royal Birkdale, with a clear sky until the final hour and barely any wind, was never more vulnerable. "He's got a great head". "That 18th-hole walk is a really, really special thing to do, whether it's Monday in a practice round or it's Saturday or Sunday afternoon". You just have to go out and hit the best shot for the situation. Read More »

McIlroy charges, then fades in Round 3 at The Open

Open look like Tiger Tale at the CCC. Even those odds — unusually long for McIlroy — looked way too short when the world No. 4 pulled his tee shot at the first, had a flier to the right of the green with his second shot, sent his chip shot through the green with his third, and two-putted for bogey. Read More »

Jordan Spieth Takes Early Lead at British Open


You'll be hard pressed to find a bolder, or better, play at that hole this week. Elsewhere, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day and Adam Scott sit at 1-under par with six others, while World No.1 Dustin Johnson ended his round with a one-over-par 71. Read More »

Jordan Spieth in tie for lead after first round

After two days of wild weather, some sunshine, little wind and no rain have made for flawless scoring conditions in round three. More than half the field broke par. He will need Spieth to back up a couple shots to have a realistic chance. McIlroy hasn't missed the cut at consecutive majors since 2010 (Masters, U.S. Read More »

Spieth, Kuchar motor away from chasing pack

Kuchar does not have a glowing major championship resume, but he's one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour . Jordan Spieth did his part on a day of low scoring at the British Open , and now is one round away from the third leg of the Grand Slam. Read More »

Kuchar gets a taste of the lead but not for long

Spieth produced a grandstand finish, holing a 25-foot putt on the final green for a 65 and a 54-hole total of 199, 11 under par. Spieth has a chance to join Jack Nicklaus as the only players to capture three different majors at age 23. Spieth has known Connelly for several years and they have the same swing coach, Cameron McCormick . He shot a 66 on Saturday and the two are seven back of Spieth at -4. Read More »

Spieth hoping to benefit from Augusta collapse in Open golf finale

Grace took advantage of ideal conditions and a par-70 layout reduced to 7,027 yards to card eight birdies and surge through the field in the 146th Open Championship. And I know how draining it can be and how important it is to conserve energy. "I feel really positive", McIlroy said. "I was just so in the zone of playing, hole after hole". Read More »

Jordan Spieth has leading edge heading into last day of the Open

Spieth separated himself from the field with a third-round 65, matching his score from the first round. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (68) and Austin Connelly (66), a 20-year-old Canadian who lives in Dallas and has been friends with Spieth for years (they share the same coach, Cameron McCormick ), are 5 under, six shots back, and will compose Sunday's penultimate group. Read More »

Spieth one round away from third leg of Grand Slam

Other short odds to win are Matt Kuchar (+400) and Brooks Koepka (+2200). The London-based oddsmaker Ladbrokes has Spieth as the 1-to-4 favorite to win the tournament. McIlroy shot 69 and bemoaned various a " bad " swing here and a "wrong" club there. There had been 31 rounds of 63 in the previous 441 major championships, with 10 coming in the British Open including Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson a year ago at Troon, but never a 62. Read More »

Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka lead after Day 1

Like I said, probably not. His first seven starts in the event he managed to make the cut just once. "And it just one-hop, scooted around the group of bunkers there, and then it was obviously fortunate to get all the way to the green". "I know I've been around a while, but I also feel like I'm in about the prime of my golfing career". On No. 18, Spieth drained a long birdie putt from the back of the green to get to 11-under and Kuchar missed his 8-foot birdie putt to stay on 8-under, three ... Read More »

McIlroy keeps his cool and fights back after poor start

The grinding? Rory McIlroy , more than anyone, can put his hand up to lay claim to that effort. That included a mishit fairway wood on the 15th which got just a few feet off the ground, but ended up 15 feet from the hole to set up an eagle for the 2015 Masters and US Open champion. Read More »

Open Championship wrap after third round


Kuchar starts the closest to Spieth and would extend the string of first-time major champions to eight if he can win. Those trophies are quality trinkets, for sure. But it helped. It kept me positive. It looked so good for the four-time major victor early on as he made three birdies in his first five holes to reach four-under-par and, at that point, just three off behind leader Jordan Spieth . Read More »

Branden Grace records first 62 in major history at the British Open

Ultimately, though, three pars meant he had to settle for a bogey-free six-under par third round that leaves him on a three-under total of 207, definitely in the hunt for the Claret Jug. The 29-year-old from South Africa said that while it turned out to be a "special day", he had no idea "today was the lowest, at all". "And I just want to get out there again tomorrow and try to do something similar, just play some good golf". Read More »

Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth favourites as British Open begins

Phil Mickelson , whose last win came in the 2013 Open , didn't make a birdie and shot 73, the same score recorded by reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia. And then Spieth stole a birdie at the end when his approach narrowly missed the bunker right of the green and had enough spin to stay on the putting surface for his final birdie. Read More »

Spieth, Koepka take lead in opening round at British Open


He wasn't exactly excited about playing. "To be in after two days and be under par for this championship after the way I started, I'm ecstatic with that", McIlroy said. The first day of the tournament produced all four seasons, with the early starters going out in wind and rain before the clouds rolled back and the sun emerged. Read More »

Chris Froome poised to win fourth Tour de France title

Yet it is the Cannondale-Drapac rider who Froome sees as his biggest threat with the time trial still looming. Also, experiences like the one previous year where he and five team mates were hit by a vehicle when out training in Spain - "we could all have died", he said at the time - ensure he has a grounded approach to life. Read More »

Spieth takes a two-shot lead into the weekend at Birkdale

The U.S. Open champion surged to the top of the leaderboard with three birdies in succession from the 11th and then followed his only dropped shot of the day at 16 by holing a bunker shot for eagle on the penultimate hole. That's not a problem for Koepka. Koepka, who won a Challenge Tour event in Scotland, isn't fazed by bad weather, mainly because he's not fazed by anything. Read More »

Darren Clarke struggles as Rory McIlroy prepares to tee off


He barely touched them when he got home to Florida. He is 45 now, but recent years have shown that age is not really a barrier to succeeding in the Open. "I still feel I'm in the golf tournament", he said. After fine conditions on Monday and Tuesday, practice was abandoned on Wednesday as heavy rain and thunderstorms came in off the Irish Sea. Read More »

Arsenal player ratings against Chelsea: Ospina struggles as defender suffers nightmare


Willian opened the scoring for the Blues with a tidy right-footed finish. It didn't take long for the Blues to get on the scoresheet again, though, with Batshuayi again proving too hot to handle. Chelsea dominated an admittedly under-strength Arsenal in nearly every aspect here, first to every ball and altogether sharper across the board. Still, the impressive performance and result had been marred by the knock suffered by Pedro , who rather harshly had the foul given against him ... Read More »

Rory McIlroy right back in the thick of things

Poulter insists the lack of a major title from his resume will not haunt him, though he's not quite ready to pass the mantle to 13-year-old son Luke - who will leave Birkdale as a victor with money in his pocket, whatever Dad achieves this weekend. Read More »

Spieth, Koepka slip back as rain halts play in Open

England's Ian Poulter had claimed the clubhouse lead on three-under but Spieth soon moved past him and fired a five-under round. Scoring will not be so easy, but every player back of Kuchar knows they have to attack if they are to prevent Spieth from completing the third leg of golf's Grand Slam. Read More »

Unfazed Spieth takes two shot British Open lead

Dan Geraghty's each-way pick, Brooks Koepka , is alongside Spieth and he's the first reigning US Open champ to lead or co-lead the Open Championship after round one since Lee Trevino at Royal Birkdale, way back in 1971. Open in part because it was acting up. Kuchar's one-over-par round of 71, in the gusty winds, was only slightly soured by a bogey on the 18th. The Australians had mixed results. Read More »

Jordan Spieth leads Open field by two after second day

Pettersen, a club professional of 15 years at Birkdale, got a call at around 9.50 p.m. local time on Friday that he'd be the marker in the first group of the third round, alongside Shaun Norris of South Africa. If you take some time off and kind of recharge mentally, physically, I feel like I'm in really good shape right now, even with that time off mentally. Read More »