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American Wins British Open Defined by Double Bogey

Zach Johnson prevails on tense afternoon of shadows and showers

(Newser) - Jordan Spieth's spirited bid for a Grand Slam was stopped Monday by Zach Johnson, who is no longer just a normal guy from Iowa. Not with a claret jug to go with that green jacket. Johnson captured his second major—this one at the home of golf—winning the... More »

15-Year-Old Gets Choked Up Teeing Off at US Open

Cole Hammer wipes away a tear

(Newser) - The veterans teeing off at the US Open today might consider that first shot business as usual, but for one very-much-not-veteran golfer, it was anything but. Cole Hammer is just 15, the third youngest golfer to qualify for the major, and he clearly struggled with his emotions before his initial... More »

Vonn, Woods Call It Quits

Both say they will "cherish" times together

(Newser) - Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer a power couple in American sports. Golf's biggest star and the Olympic ski champion said today they were breaking up after more than two years. But in ending their relationship, both were in complete harmony in their separate announcements on social... More »

Spieth Stuns With Masters Win

Jordan Spieth makes history at Augusta National

(Newser) - Jordan Spieth got more than redemption and a green jacket today. He took his place among the best in the game with a Masters victory for the ages. One year after he lost a bid to become the youngest player to win the Masters, the 21-year-old Texan turned in one... More »

Why America Stopped Loving Golf

It's expensive, hard to play, and seems old-fashioned, analysts say

(Newser) - Like playing golf? Then you're in a shrinking minority in America, where fewer people are willing to play a sport that's seen as time-consuming and expensive, the Washington Post reports. Not only that, its traditionalism seems contrary to today's lifestyle of fitness classes, extreme races, and diddling... More »

Golfer: I Was Kidnapped, Beaten, and Robbed

Robert Allenby says bad guys may have drugged him first

(Newser) - An Australian pro golfer was allegedly kidnapped from a wine bar Friday night, beat up, robbed, and dumped six miles away in a park—for reasons that are none too clear, the Golf Channel reports. According to golfer Robert Allenby and his caddie, Mick Middlemo, the two were hanging out... More »

Army Wedding Bumped for Obama Golf Game

Hawaii couple say they have no hard feelings

(Newser) - A pair of Army captains stationed in Hawaii had to rearrange their wedding at the last minute to make way for their golfing commander in chief. Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. had long planned to get married at the 16th hole of the military's Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course,... More »

103-Year-Old Golfer Nabs Hole-in-One—His 8th

Gus Andreone is likely the oldest golfer to have done it

(Newser) - There's no small amount of luck that goes in scoring a hole-in-one in golf, but if you've managed the feat eight times you might want to start picking Lottery picks for your nearest and dearest—though it probably doesn't hurt if you've been hitting the links... More »

Tiger Pukes on Course, Toughs It Out

But he's still in last place in first tournament in 4 months

(Newser) - Yesterday's numbers were pretty dismal for Tiger Woods: At the close of the third round of the Hero World Challenge, he sat in last place, 20 strokes off the lead. Perhaps worse, notes USA Today , he was playing sick, twice vomiting and sweating hard. "It wasn't easy,... More »

Sorry, US: Europe Keeps Ryder Cup

Europeans have won 8 of last 10 meetings

(Newser) - The Ryder Cup is staying in Europe. Jamie Donaldson assured Europe the 14 points it needed to keep the precious gold trophy today when he went 4 up with four holes to play against Keegan Bradley. The worst he could do was a half-point. Rory McIlroy showed off his class... More »

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 »

Phil Mickelson, Carl Icahn Face Trading Probe

Sports bettor Billy Walters also caught up in investigation

(Newser) - An unusual trio of public figures is raising federal eyebrows in an insider-trading investigation. The FBI and SEC are looking into whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn might have passed information to Billy Walters, an expert bettor on sports, the Wall Street Journal reports. Officials wonder if, in turn, Walters may... More »

Culprit in Fires at Golf Courses? Titanium Clubs

Clubs spark when they hit rocks

(Newser) - Before you break out your titanium golf clubs for the warmer weather, you might want to grab a fire extinguisher as well. A new study finds that titanium golf clubs spark if they strike rocks while swinging in the rough—and those sparks remain hot for a long time, meaning... More »

Ice Storm Fells Augusta National's 'Eisenhower Tree'

Augusta National landmark couldn't be saved

(Newser) - One of golf's most famous trees has been felled by an ice storm—nearly 60 years after then-President Dwight Eisenhower tried and failed to have it removed from Augusta National Golf Club. The tree, a loblolly pine believed to have been up to 125 years old, was located 210... More »

Dufner Beats Furyk at PGA for 1st Major

'It was a perfect ending'

(Newser) - Equipped with a two-shot lead at the turn, and still carrying a few scars from his PGA Championship collapse two years ago, American Jason Dufner never showed signs of cracking. No one expected anything else from a player whose popularity comes from his flat-line personality. He merely waved to the... More »

Mickelson Dazzles in British Open Win

Comes from 5 strokes behind in fantastic final round

(Newser) - Phil Mickelson has won the British Open with a spectacular finish. Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 today to match the best round of the tournament and win his first claret jug. The celebration began while there were still four groups on the course. Lefty birdied four of the last six... More »

Golfer Cans Her Caddie Mid-Round

Jessica Korda unceremoniously dumps Jason Gilroyed at US Open

(Newser) - Jessica Korda isn't exactly clinging to the old adage about dancing with the one who brought you: The golfer started yesterday's US Women's Open with caddie Jason Gilroyed, but right after the ninth hole it was boyfriend Johnny DelPreti who was schlepping her clubs, reports Yahoo's... More »

Dispute Over Golf Score Goes Horribly Wrong

Results in stabbing via golf club ... and a golf-cart chase

(Newser) - Today's lesson in anger management, from a Detroit golf course: When one member of a foursome announced his score after a particular hole, one of his golfing buddies thought he was lying. The 56-year-old broke his 5-iron over the alleged fibber's arm, then used the broken shaft to... More »

Sergio Sorry for 'Not Racist' Fried Chicken Jab at Tiger

Remark was 'silly,' Spaniard says

(Newser) - The Sergio Garcia-Tiger Woods feud sank to a new low last night when the Spaniard dropped an ill-advised racial stereotype to dig at his rival. When asked at a European Tour awards dinner if he would have Woods 'round for dinner during the US Open, Garcia said, "We... More »

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