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Jul 17, 2013

Issue of single-sex clubs is divisive, says R&A

GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) – British Open organisers the R&A are aware the issue of gender and single-sex golf clubs is a divisive one which it is finding increasingly difficult to handle, said chief executive Peter Dawson.

The 142nd British Open starts on Thursday at Muirfield, one of three male-only member clubs on the tournament’s rota, and the R&A has again come under pressure to change its stance.

Jul 17, 2013

Masters winner Scott hardened by Lytham collapse

GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) – The painful way in which Adam Scott lost last year’s British Open steeled the Australian and gave him the willpower to win his first major championship at this year’s U.S. Masters.

Scott held a four-shot lead at Lytham 12 months ago but bogeyed the last four holes to allow Ernie Els to sneak through and claim the Claret Jug.

Jul 17, 2013

Woods eyes 15th major title at sun-kissed Muirfield

GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) – Tiger Woods will start the 142nd British Open at Muirfield on Thursday as favorite to win his 15th major title but the odds on the world number one are in double figures for the first time in 13 years.

Defending champion Ernie Els is 25-1 to retain the title at a course where he lifted the Claret Jug 11 years ago and U.S. Open winner Justin Rose is 20-1 to become the first English winner of the tournament since Nick Faldo in 1992.

Jul 16, 2013

Golf-Mickelson admits to hate-love links relationship

GULLANE, Scotland, July 16 (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson is very clear about his relationship with links golf, a challenge he used to detest but now relishes going into this week’s British Open.

“It’s hate/love,” the American four-times major champion told a news conference on Tuesday. “I used to hate it and now I love it.

Jul 16, 2013

Snedeker bids to complete hat-trick of lucky 32s

GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) – Adam Scott and Justin Rose won the year’s first two major titles and American Brandt Snedeker would be delighted to complete a hat-trick of 32-year-old maiden major champions at this week’s British Open.

The American world number eight led last year’s Open at Lytham after two rounds and confirmed his place among the sport’s elite by winning the season-ending Tour Championship.

Jul 15, 2013

Relaxed Australia take test defeat on the chin

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Australia enjoyed a relaxed evening in Nottingham after losing a dramatic first Ashes test against England by 14 runs on Sunday.

The players gathered for an Asian meal in their city centre hotel following a narrow defeat in the opening match of the five-match series.

Jul 14, 2013

Cricket-Relaxed Australia take test defeat on the chin

NOTTINGHAM, England, July 14 (Reuters) – Australia enjoyed a relaxed evening in Nottingham after losing a dramatic first Ashes test against England by 14 runs on Sunday.

The players gathered for an Asian meal in their city centre hotel following a narrow defeat in the opening match of the five-match series.

Jul 14, 2013

Cricket-Anderson leads England to dramatic victory

NOTTINGHAM, England, July 14 (Reuters) – James Anderson took five wickets to inspire England to a nerve-jangling 14-run victory over Australia on a dramatic final day of the first Ashes at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Australia’s Brad Haddin and James Pattinson shared a superb last-wicket partnership of 65 to put their team on the verge of an astonishing win.

Jul 14, 2013

England hold nerve to seal nerve-jangling win

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – England held their nerve to end Australia’s last-wicket partnership of 65 and seal a dramatic 14-run victory in an extraordinary first Ashes test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

James Anderson, who completed figures of five for 73, took the final wicket when Brad Haddin, on 71, edged the fast bowler through to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Jul 14, 2013

Cricket-England hold nerve to seal nerve-jangling win

NOTTINGHAM, England, July 14 (Reuters) – England held their nerve to end Australia’s last-wicket partnership of 65 and seal a dramatic 14-run victory in an extraordinary first Ashes test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

James Anderson, who completed figures of five for 73, took the final wicket when Brad Haddin, on 71, edged the fast bowler through to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.