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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Oosthuizen: 'I had a lot of confidence'
'I had a lot of confidence' in ability to close out victory, says Oosthuizen

Even on Sunday, the gamblers among the gallery weren't putting a lot of money down on Louis Oosthuizen. But he stayed cool and wrapped up the biggest week of his life with a Tiger Woods-like runaway that confirmed his arrival on the game's biggest stage.

Oosthuizen pulls away for dominating Open victory
Surprising, steady Oosthuizen pulls away for dominating Open victory

Louis Oosthuizen won his first major title Sunday with a dominating seven-stroke victory at the British Open. The South African started the final round with a four-stroke advantage, which turned into a romp when his closest challenger, England's Paul Casey, took triple bogey at the 12th.

Casey: 'No one was going to stop' Oosthuizen
No one was going to stop Oosthuizen, says philosophical Casey

On a day when he thought he could win his first major, Paul Casey ended up barely within eyesight of the Claret Jug. Yet as annoyed as Casey was with his finish, he was equally pleased with himself the way he approached Open week at St. Andrews.

Not much Tiger can say after his challenge falls short
Not much Tiger can say after his long-shot challenge falls short

Tiger Woods knew he needed a big start Sunday, and when it didn't happen he knew even a miracle finish was out of reach. Now it's back home to practice, especially on the putting greens.

Mickelson rounds off a thoroughly disappointing Open
Mickelson rounds off 'fun' week though thoroughly disappointing performance

Phil Mickelson called his week "fun," and stressed that his disappointment at the way he played couldn't diminish from the enjoyment of experiencing a British Open at St. Andrews.

McDowell looks to regain 'killer edge' as he ramps up for Whistling Straits

Graeme McDowell hopes his U.S. Open "hangover" is officially over after a mid-pack finish Sunday....

Ex-defending champ Cink reflects back on his year as Claret Jug holder

Stewart Cink wasn't happy with the way he played, but enjoyed his week as defending champion and is still...

His British Open done, Montgomerie turns his attention to Ryder Cup

Colin Montgomerie was happy to play four rounds this week, but not happy with his putting. He is, however,...

Tiger's Nike putter experiment ends after 54 holes

After struggling mightily on the greens during the first three rounds at St. Andrews, Tiger Woods has put...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

What to expect on Sunday? Who knows?

Contemplating that big yellow British Open leaderboard looming over the Old Course, Melanie Hauser has more...

Stenson hoping to show that his game's rounding back into form

Henrik Stenson slid down the world rankings over the past year, but his Saturday 67 showed he's rediscovering...

Tender ribs make Casey grateful for his health

The rib injury that wrecked Paul Casey's 2009 season has healed, and he's now able to focus completely...

Tricky green speeds keeping Woods from speeding up leaderboard

After struggling to a second straight 73 Saturday, which included three three-putts, leaves Tiger Woods a...

Unflappable Oosthuizen poised to be next surprising British Open champion

Louis Oosthuizen has never been in this position before, yet he looked like he had done it all before on...

Less scrutiny for Johnson heading into this major Sunday

After his big meltdown at Pebble Beach a month ago, Dustin Johnson is back on the 54-hole leaderboard at...

McIlroy bounces back from his 80 with a solid Saturday 69

Rory McIlroy's goal Saturday was to put his miserable second round right out of his head. He did exactly...

Defending champ Cink saves his big highlight for last

Stewart Cink hung right around par for the first 17 holes of his third round. Then he drove right up next...

Disappointed Mickelson lets good round slip away from him

Phil Mickelson was on a roll Saturday, until he made two bad swings with his 5-iron. Despite his struggles,...

Amateur Jeong one of only 3 to finish second round in red

British Amateur champion Jin Jeong birdied the 18th hole to complete a remarkable 2-under 70 Saturday morning...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Watson says goodbye to Old Course but not to his British Open career

Five-time British Open champion Tom Watson bade a fond farewell to St. Andrews on Friday with a pause on...

Woods ends difficult round on Old Course with big exclamation point

Tiger Woods grinded his way through 17 miserable holes Friday, then almost eagled No. 18 after driving the...

Windswept day at St. Andrews unlike anything most players had ever seen

The wind was so bad Friday that it prompted a rare delay. Yet the breeze barely abated later, and the crazy...

McIlroy still optimistic after shocking second-round 80 in the wind

Rory McIlroy set another record – a bad one this time – by following up his opening 63 with a shocking 80....

Wind conquers even Daly's booming drives on fearsome Friday at Old Course

A day after matching his best British Open round, John Daly skidded to a windblown 76 Friday. He stormed...

Westwood, in top five, ‘behind where I ought to be’ after 36 holes

Sitting high on the leaderboard is nice, but not nice enough for Lee Westwood, who feels like he's left...

Mickelson frustrated, yet eager to get back out and play some more

Phil Mickelson felt like he hasn't played well yet, but he birdied the final hole Friday and is sweating...

Strong back nine has McDowell liking his chances for second straight major

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell carded an inward 31 Friday, and is seven behind Louis Oosthuizen. There...

Casey feeling positive about his position, despite wreck on Road Hole

Paul Casey had a great round going, until he ran off the road on the Road Hole and limped to the 18th tee...

How do you pronounce Oosthuizen? This way: Leader

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen introduced himself to the world stage in a big way Friday, by firing...

Fine play healing lots of aches for Calcavecchia

Mark Calcavecchia says he has been "feeling ancient and royal" for a long time now. But after a...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

McIlroy sizzles with back-nine 30 to tie major mark of 63

Rory McIlroy calls his 61 back home at Portrush his best round ever. But, he stresses, Thursday's record-tying...

Glover gets his best British Open start ever

Lucas Glover described his opening 67 as not great and not terrible, but it was still his lowest first-round...

Watson disappointed with start, but not down

Tom Watson didn't feel any extra pressure to start strong in the wake of his amazing British Open run...

New putter equals satisfying 67 for Tiger

Thursday's first round felt awkward to Tiger Woods, but only because the seabreeze wasn't blowing...

Hot start cools, but O'Hair content with 67

Sean O'Hair was off to the racs early Thursday, then fell back into the pack a little bit. Yet even as...

Woods pleased with new putter and his position

Tiger Woods three-putted both the 17th and 18th holes Thursday, but said afterward that he was happy with...

Harrington knows he needs major improvement -- and quickly, if he wants to contend

Padraig Harrington's opening round began with a double bogey on the opening hole and didn't get a...

Thursday was just 'one of those days' for philosophical Poulter

Ian Poulter was cheered by hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation Thursday, but could only keep a stiff upper...

Coltart's move from broadcast booth back to fairway quite successful

Andrew Coltart spent the last two years commentating on the British Open while enduring a career-threatening...

Who can cross the bridge from 63 to 62?

Rory McIlroy posted the 24th 63 in major championship history on Thursday, yet no one has ever shot a 62...

Daly of old shows up anew at Old Course

John Daly's outfit might not have matched perfectly on Thursday, but his golf game was perfectly matched...

McIlroy makes history with bogey-free 63

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, 21, took advantage of benign conditions became the 22nd player in golf...

Daly turns back clock -- and turns heads -- at St. Andrews

Who saw this coming? More eye-opening than John Daly's wacky wardrobe Thursday was his stellar play,...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The King reminisces about his 50-year St. Andrews love affair

Arnold Palmer grew emotional as he discussed St. Andrews on Wednesday, and he had every right. His hope is...

Harrington's hoping for a slight change of scenery in near future

Padraig Harrington's practice room at his home features a huge mural of St. Andrews. If he wins this...

Mickelson still marveling at Faldo's 1990 feat

Phil Mickelson played a pratice round with 1990 St. Andrews winner Nick Faldo earlier this week, and says...

Daly's different now, but not everything about him has changed

John Daly says he's calmed down a lot since his huge victory at St. Andrews 15 years ago, but that doesn't...

Experience will matter more than length on Old Course, says Lehman

There are nine 50-somethings in the field this week, and former champion Tom Lehman believes the oldsters...

Auld Grey Toon set to add next chapter to its glorious golf history

Even with the whipping wind and biting rain, St. Andrews is a marvelous, mystical place that's been special...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cink savors role as Open champion, hopes he's not a one-hit wonder

Stewart Cink might not have gotten all the credit he deserves for winning last year, but he's enjoyed...

Woods longs to feel at home at the home of golf

Never in his professional career has Tiger Woods reached July without a win. But the world No. 1 is the prohibitive...

Mixed reaction to the new, longer Road Hole

Some are wondering why mess with perfection? Others think the new changes are "spot on." Regardless...

Mickelson, the unofficial 'People's Champion,' expects to play well at Open

Phil Mickelson believes his career won't be complete until he wins an Open, and he feels like his game...

U.S. Open champion McDowell doesn't want his career to be just a single act

The list of first-time major winners who went on to win more is a lot shorter than the list of those who...

Ishikawa looks to learn from his disappointing weekend fade at U.S. Open

Getting into contention at the U.S. Open was easy for Ryo Ishikawa, but finishing strong was not. So the...

So long, Scotty: Woods changes to Nike putter

For the first time in a tournament since 1999, Tiger Woods will use a putter that does not have Scott Cameron's...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Determined Westwood ready for St. Andrews, bum leg and all

Lee Westwood would be one of the big favorites this week, if not for a painful muscle rupture in his calf...

Swilcan Bridge replica a true World Golf Hall of Fame highlight

If you can't make it to St. Andrews, don't worry. You can make your own Swilcan Bridge memory at...

European player will win Open, Gallacher believes

Golf in Europe has entered a new era, says former European Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher, and a European...

Williams: Tiger's expectations never change

In 2005, Tiger Woods became the youngest and fastest player to win all four major championships twice when...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

For many great players, Old Course is an acquired taste

The first time he ever saw the Old Course, Sam Snead thought it had been abandoned. Bobby Jones once walked...

Harrington plans to aim high for victory

Padraig Harrington has already won the Claret Jug twice, but he's planning to go for his third with a...

Friday, July 09, 2010

Phil's puzzle: Why does Mickelson struggle so much at Open Championship?

Phil Mickelson has become a consistent contender, and four-time winner, at the American majors, but he's...

Year later, Watson's eager to challenge for Open title again

Tom Watson returns to St. Andrews with a few more lines etched into his face, but with competitive spirit...

Old Course's humble Swilcan Bridge one of golf's great attractions

The short, sturdy stone bridge across the Swilcan Burn might be unremarkable anywhere else. Because it's...

Open Champion to join field in PGA Grand Slam of Golf

Whoever ends up hoisting the coveted Claret Jug at St. Andrews will also walk away with one of the most coveted...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Sadly for him, and us, Ballesteros cannot return to Open this year

Like so many of us, Mark Garrod was hoping to see the great Seve Ballesteros stand on the first tee at St....

When is the Old Course record not the Old Course record?

Two players have shot rounds of 62 on the venerable Old Course at St. Andrews. They are no longer considered...

Seven teams to tee off in Open Champions Challenge at St. Andrews

A total of 27 past Open winners have entered, and have been divided up into seven teams that will play a...

AT&T champion Rose leads 6 into field at St. Andrews

England's Justin Rose made it into the 150th Open Championship thanks to his win Sunday at the AT&T...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

For first time, three Korean amateurs heading for Open

The Open has seen just about everything in its 150 years, but St. Andrews will witness something new. In...

U.S. Open finish gains Havret entry into Open

Two weeks after he almost finished last in an Open final qualifier in England, Gregory Havret's strong...

Monday, June 07, 2010

Montgomerie qualifies for Open with record-tying round

Needing a second-round 65 just to be in a playoff at the one-day 36-hole International Final Qualifying (IFQ)...

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Even at age 60, Watson can win at St. Andrews, Norman believes

Because the fabled Old Course lends itself to shotmakers, Greg Norman says, he believes that Tom Watson,...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Woods to join 27 other past champions in pre-Open exhibition for charity

On the day before the Open Championship tees off, Tiger Woods will be among the 28 living champions who will...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Eight PGA Tour players nail down Open spots in talent-packed American qualifier

The one-day, 36-hole American qualifier in suburban Dallas saw Bo Van Pelt lead the way, with players ranging...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Open fans face ejection for taunting Tiger (or anyone else), R&A says

The Royal & Ancient has stepped up its security program for St. Andrews, and officials say they will...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Open organizers give penal Road Hole back its teeth

Already considered one of the toughest holes in golf, the par-4 17th at St. Andrews has been lengthened by...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Korean teen sensation Noh among four earning Open berths via Asian qualifier

Only days after he won the Maybank Malaysian Open, Korean teenage sensation Noh Seung-yul claiming a spot...

Friday, January 22, 2010

South Africans earn all three spots via Africa's qualifier for St. Andrews

The rain-delayed qualifying tournament in South Africa wrapped up with local favorites Jean Hugo, Darren...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Champions Tour rookie Senior among three to make it through Australasian qualifier

Peter Senior, an Australian veteran who recently graduated from Champions Tour Q-School, will make his 18th...

Monday, January 04, 2010

2009: Despite heartbreak defeat, Watson remains upbeat

No one was more disappointed about the 2009 Open Championship's finish than Tom Watson. But the grace...

Friday, December 18, 2009

2009: Cink overtakes faltering Watson to win Claret Jug

Stewart Cink, who made a 12-foot birdie on the final hole of regulation, took advantage of Tom Watson's...

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