British Open (golf)

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260-Year-Old 'Home of Golf' to Finally Allow Women

Royal and Ancient Golf Club's members vote in favor of move

(Newser) - There were two big issues being resolved in Scotland yesterday. The 2,400 members of a very old boys' club, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, had been asked to weigh in by postal ballot on whether to allow women to become members, and it was yesterday... More »

McIlroy Wins British Open, Scores Cash ... for Dad?

Who had bet 10 years ago that son would have 3 majors by age 26

(Newser) - Rory McIlroy held off Sergio Garcia to win the British Open today, making him only the third golfer in history—after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods—to have won three different majors by the age of 25, reports the AP . "It feels incredible," he tells the BBC . "... More »

Golfer at Masters Is 16—and Eclipsed by Tiger

Any other year, focus would be on youngest player ever

(Newser) - Matteo Manassero is 16, the youngest ever winner of Britain’s Amateur Championship, and he's making his debut at the Masters as the youngest golfer ever at Augusta. So why isn’t he the big story in the golf world? Oh, right. “Any other year, Manassero would be the... More »

Woods Will Be Back Before Masters, Ex-Coach Thinks

'I don't know who this guy is,' Butch Harmon says of cheating Tiger

(Newser) - Tiger Woods will be back on the golf course by March, his former coach says, adding that he’s been “shocked” by the infidelity storm surrounding the world’s top player. “If you want to put a timetable on it,” Butch Harmon tells the Guardian . “I’... More »

Even When He Wins, Tiger Can't Win

(Newser) - Our outsized expectations for the “best player in his sport” mean Tiger Woods can’t get any “slack,” Michael Rosenberg writes for Fox Sports. “He missed the cut at the British Open last month and it was like he showed up drunk and club-less.” And... More »

Cink Robs Watson of Storied Win

Leader's bogeys put him 1 stroke behind Brit

(Newser) - Tom Watson squandered a chance to become golf's oldest major champion today, as the 59-year-old American missed an 8-foot putt on the 72nd hole of the British Open, then lost a four-hole playoff to Stewart Cink. Cink won his first major title, but this one will be remembered as the... More »

Watson Relives Old Glories Before Delighted Brits

(Newser) - Tom Watson—yep, that Tom Watson—found himself in an unusual spot today: explaining how on earth he's atop the leader board at the British Open at age 59. “I think there was some spirituality out there," he said after his 5-under-par 65, "just the serenity of... More »

Mickelson Eyes Open Trophy for Wife's Sickbed

Golfer has played little since breast-cancer diagnosis for Amy, 37

(Newser) - Phil Mickelson says he’s going all out at this week’s US Open under the assumption he won’t play again soon because of his wife’s breast-cancer diagnosis, the Washington Post reports. “She has left me a number of little notes, texts, cards, hints that she would... 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 »

Surprising Rocco Leads Open

Mediate is in a three-way tie, fresh off his play at the US Open

(Newser) - Rocco Mediate, the journeyman-golfer who came out of nowhere to give Tiger Woods a run for his money in the US Open, is picking up where he left off at the British Open, the New Zealand Herald reports. After a first round marked by miserable weather, Mediate is tied with... More »

Tiger's Absence Sure to Cripple Broadcasters

'News is a punch in the gut' for golf's summer TV ratings

(Newser) - It will be a brave new world for televised golf with Tiger Woods out of commission for the summer and fall, and it's not a future networks want to be living in, Golf.com notes. "Let's be realistic here: This news is a punch in the gut," says... More »

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 »

Garcia Heads For Carnoustie Win

Spaniard closes in after brilliant third round; Tiger out

(Newser) - Spain's Sergio Garcia has a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the British Open, after a brilliant 3-under 68 today at Carnoustie Links. Now nine under, his nearest opponent in the finals is American Steve Stricker; Tiger Woods fell back to 15th today. If El Nino holds his... More »

Tiger Good, Garcia Better at British Open

Garcia leads the pack at six-under 65 after Day One in Carnoustie

(Newser) - In a year characterized by high scores and sloppy majors play, Carnoustie has thus far proved the antidote; 24 players finished under par after day one, led by Spain's Sergio Garcia at a 6-under 65. Carnoustie was Garcia's first major tournament, in 1999, when he hit an 89 on the... More »

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