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Networks Face Tiger-Sized Hole

Drop in ad revenue forecast as casual golf fans tune out

(Newser) - Broadcasters covering major golf events are expected to see a lot less green in the coming months because of Tiger Woods' troubles. Events like the Masters and PGA Championship and the US Open, carried by CBS, are likely to see a major drop in viewer numbers and advertising dollars as... More »

Watson, 59, Leads Young Rivals Before Final Day

Hip replacement can't stop five-time American champ

(Newser) - A teary Tom Watson moved one hole closer to history today at the British Open, using two late birdies to take a one-stroke lead over younger upstarts Matthew Goggin of Australia and Ross Fisher of England, Golf.com reports. “It’s a surprise,” Watson said. The 59-year-old American,... More »

Turnberry: British Open's Forgotten Gem

(Newser) - When the British Open begins Thursday, many players will get their first taste of the tournament’s estranged beauty: Turnberry. The last time the Open was held there, Bill Clinton was in his first term and Tiger Woods had just finished high school. The course, which runs along a rugged... More »

Norman Beats Odds, Returns to Augusta

(Newser) - Greg Norman is surprised to be returning to the Masters at 54, and even though the Shark says he's “going in there with low expectations,” he’ll still play to win, Golf Digest reports. Chief among his worries is pacing himself on the new, lengthier course—“a... More »

Harrington Wins 2nd Straight Brit Open

Irishman beats out Poulter after bogeys blow Norman's lead

(Newser) - Padraig Harrington won his second British Open in a row today, beating out Ian Poulter by four strokes to shoot a final round of 1-under 69 for a three-over total of 283. Greg Norman—the 53-year old Aussie poised to become the oldest major champion in the history of golf—... More »

Norman Grabs 2-Stroke Lead

53-year-old shoots 2-over 72 on windswept day

(Newser) - Greg Norman survived another battering from windswept Royal Birkdale to take a two-stroke lead at the British Open with defending champion Padraig Harrington chasing hard. The 53-year-old, part-time golfer, celebrated the 3-week anniversary of his marriage to Chris Evert by shooting a 2-over 72 on Saturday, the AP reports. More »

Absent Tiger Leaves Gaping Hole at British Open

Woods, on crutches in Florida, still the talk of the fairways

(Newser) - Tiger Woods is sitting out the PGA Tour in Florida but his overwhelming reputation still looms large over the 137th British Open, reports the Washington Post. The golf superstar's image appears on banners in the streets leading to the course and talk of his absence dominated pre-tournament interviews. More »

Golf Trips for True Aficionados

A month at Pinehurst? All nine British Open Courses? Now, that's a vacation

(Newser) - You’ve done the week on the links in Florida and the weekend at golf school. Get serious with these Forbes Traveler once-in-a-lifetime trips:
  • England: Play all nine courses in the British Open rotation. The itinerary tees off in London and hits the four English courses before moving to Scotland.
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Harrington Wins British Open

Irishman is first European to charm claret jug away in eight years

(Newser) - Ireland's Padraig Harrington became the first European to win the British Open since 1999 today, shooting a 4-under 67 in the final round to force a four-hole playoff with Spain's Sergio Garcia. In one of the tightest finishes the unforgiving Carnoustie Links has ever seen, Harrington hit twice into the... More »

Player Charges PGA Drug Use

Gary Player says at least 10 golfers are using enhancers

(Newser) - Former British Open champion Gary Player said yesterday he knows "for a fact" some players on the PGA Tour have used performance-enhancing drugs. "Whether it's HGH, whether it's creatine, or whether it's steroids," the 1968 Carnoustie winner lamented, "we're dreaming if we think it's not coming... More »

Havret Bests Mickelson in Scottish Open

In one-hole playoff, Frenchman qualifies for his first major

(Newser) - France's Gregory Havret emerged as the Scottish Open champion yesterday, besting Phil Mickelson in the first hole of a playoff. Mickelson, who has a history of faltering late, found himself in the tiebreak after an ugly drive and a bogey on 18. Another one-over by Lefty opened the door for... More »

Choi Takes First AT&T National

South Korean finishes 9 under in first run of Tiger's tournament

(Newser) - South Korean K.J. Choi shot a final-round 68 to win the first annual AT&T National tournament yesterday. Choi, fresh off his victory at the Jack Nicklaus Memorial five weeks ago, overcame Stuart Appleby's two-shot lead in the final round, capping his masterful play with a birdie from the... More »

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