British Open (golf)

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NYT: Trump Made Big Ask of US Ambassador on British Open

Sources: President pressured Woody Johnson to ask UK government to bring event to Turnberry

(Newser) - Robert Wood Johnson IV, the New York Jets owner and Trump donor with no diplomatic experience before being tapped as the US ambassador to Britain, was apparently just the person the president thought could handle a big job: Ask the British government if it could help get the British Open... More »

Golfer's Absent-Minded Goof Has Repercussions

Nearly 40 players missed practice because Lexi Thompson forgot her passport

(Newser) - Dozens of golfers hoping to win big at the Women's British Open were unable to practice Monday—all because American Lexi Thompson forgot her passport. Driver Ian Wright was transporting the golf clubs of 38 players from Évian-les-Bains, France—host of last week's Evian Championship—to England... More »

Lowry Wins British Open in Wind That Could Break Umbrellas

Tommy Fleetwood took second and Tony Finau came in third

(Newser) - The long-awaited return of the British Open to Northern Ireland ended with Shane Lowry hoisting the silver claret jug on the Emerald Isle, the AP reports. Even as the rain stopped, the tears began flowing. Lowry, the 32-year-old Irishman with stout nerves and a soft touch around the greens, endured... More »

Tiger Woods Loses British Open After First Lead in 9 Years

However, he was the first to congratulate Italy's Francesco Molinari on the big win

(Newser) - Francesco Molinari played a steady hand amid another crazy ending at Carnoustie and won the British Open to become Italy's first major champion, per the AP . Tiger Woods took the lead on Sunday at a major for the first time in nine years and lost it with one bad... More »

On Final Day at British Open, Tiger Is on the Prowl

For brief moment Saturday, Woods sat atop the leaderboard

(Newser) - For 20 minutes on a Saturday afternoon at the British Open, Tiger Woods' name was back atop a leaderboard at a major and Scotland was buzzing. Not much in golf compares with Woods on a charge. So when he rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 9, stiffed an... More »

Henrik Stenson Wins British Open

And thus claims his first major title

(Newser) - After an epic duel at the British Open, Henrik Stenson has claimed his first major title, the AP reports. Stenson shot an 8-under 63 on Sunday to beat Phil Mickelson by three strokes, becoming the first man from Sweden to win one of golf's biggest events. Mickelson, seeking his... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Els Wins Stunning British Open

Adam Scott bogeys final 4 holes in huge collapse

(Newser) - Ernie Els kept feeling that something special could happen at the British Open, and it did. But only after a collapse by Adam Scott that no one imagined. Four shots ahead with four holes to play—after eight straight holes with nothing worse than par—Scott bogeyed them all and... More »

N. Ireland's Clarke Hangs on to Win British Open

Phil Mickelson had given chase

(Newser) - On another windy, wet and wild day at the British Open, Darren Clarke endured to win the British Open by three shots and give Northern Ireland another victory in one of golf's signature events. Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell have won the last two U.S. Opens. Now, it'... More »

Oosthuizen Romps at British Open

Tiger who? South African dominates

(Newser) - Louis Oosthuizen has won his first major golf championship 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. Oosthuizen shot a 1-under... 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 »

Tiger Misses Cut; Watson Keeps Lead

(Newser) - Tiger Woods missed the British Open cut after shooting a 4-over 74 in today's second round, marking only the second time he has failed to advance in a major since turning pro; the first was the 2006 US Open, which took place soon after the death of his father. But... 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 »

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