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July 19, 2015 - 11:29am
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Retief Goosen
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Retief Goosen couldn't have expected to hole this eagle putt. But he did.

There must be a deal on birdies at St. Andrews today, because everyone is getting them.

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Maybe the birdie line was too long for Retief Goosen though. The two-time U.S. Open champ instead went out and picked himself up an eagle with this monstrous putt on the fifth hole:


Not bad at all. That eagle helped Goosen to a 33 on the front nine and at the time of this post, he was one off the lead at 9 under.

July 19, 2015 - 8:34am
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Andy Sullivan
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Playing the par-4 14th hole at St. Andrews on Sunday in the third round of the Open Championship, England's Andy Sullivan made a dazzling eagle-3.

England's Andy Sullivan made easy work of the par-5 14th hole in the third round of the Open Championship at St. Andrews on Sunday.

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Check out Sullivan's hole-out for eagle:

That got Sullivan to 4 under for the day and 5 under for the tournament. 

July 18, 2015 - 4:09pm
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July 18, 2015 - 2:16pm
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Daniel Brooks
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Daniel Brooks of England may not make the cut in the Open Championship, but he'll have a St. Andrews memory to savor forever after an ace at the par-3 11th hole on Saturday.

Putting hasn't been fun today at St. Andrews during the weather-plagued second round of the Open Championship.

Early in the day -- before an over 10-hour delay -- balls were blowing off the greens.

The best way to get around that? Don't putt.

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How do you do that, you wonder?

Just do what England's Daniel Brooks did on the 163-yard, par-3 11th hole -- ace it.


It was the 25th ace in the Open since 1981 and the third at St. Andrews over that time. It was the first at St. Andrews since Tim Simpson turned the trick in 1990.

The hole-in-one got Brooks back to even for the day, but he'll have work to do to make the cut at 4-over total. 

July 18, 2015 - 8:39am
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For the first time since 1988, weather conditions are going to force a Monday finish at the Open Championship.

Weather has not been cooperative at St. Andrews this week.

As a result, the Open Championship will see its first Monday finish since 1988 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

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The R&A announced just before 8:30 a.m. ET that second round play would not resume on Saturday before 11 a.m. ET.

The plan is to complete the second round on Saturday, play the third round on Sunday and get the final round in on Monday.



July 18, 2015 - 6:42am
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Louis Oosthuizen
The wind has been brutal at St. Andrews on Saturday. Before play was delayed, check out what happened to Louis Oosthuizen as he was about to attempt a short putt on the 13th green.

One of the many aspects that makes the Open Championship one of the tournaments of the year is the fact that -- in most cases -- the players will endure weather conditions they don't see most of the year.

Let's face it -- with few exceptions -- players on the PGA Tour pretty much chase the sun.

That said, what happened at St. Andrews on Saturday morning for the resumption of the second round was downright ugly.

Players were bundled up like they were preparing to summit Mount Everest. And the winds were probably similar to what they'd experience on Mount Everest.

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Check out this attempted putt on the 13th green by 2010 Open Champ Louis Oosthuizen, for example:


Just watch what happens. All the way to the end!

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As you can see, his initial putt was a little more than a foot from the hole. Then, a gust of wind sent it closer to the hole.

According to the Rules of Golf, decision 18-1/12, the wind is not considered an "outside agency." Therefore, when the wind blows the ball, the player must play from its new position. That would have benefitted Oosthuizen.

However, while he attempted to confirm with an official that he play from the new position, another gust of wind sent the ball five feet further away.

Understandably, Oosthuizen wasn't too happy. Play was suspended before he could strike the ensuing putt.