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Jul 19, 2014

Nearly man Garcia living in hope, not expectation

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – While there is still hope Sergio Garcia will battle all the way in the final round at the British Open, the Spaniard knows he faces a near impossible task to overhaul Rory McIlroy on Sunday.

“If he shoots three under, I have to shoot 10,” the 34-year-old, who looks destined for yet more major frustration, said on Saturday after a round of 69 left him on nine under par – seven shots behind the Northern Irishman.

Jul 19, 2014

Golf-Open leader McIlroy under attack from charging Fowler

HOYLAKE, England, July 19 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s grip on the Open loosened on Saturday as he suffered a jittery start to his second round and American Rickie Fowler launched a barrage of birdies.

The Northern Irishman began the day four shots clear but after bogeying the opening hole and struggling to fire on all cylinders on a soggy Royal Liverpool course, his lead was cut to one by a charging Fowler.

Jul 19, 2014

McIlroy in control at Open, Tiger survives by his fingernails

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – This time there was no freaky Friday for Rory McIlroy as a majestic second round gave him a four-shot stranglehold on the British Open at a sweltering Royal Liverpool course.

Several second round blow-outs this season, the most recent at the Scottish Open, meant all eyes were on the 25-year-old Northern Irishman to see if he could capitalise on his one-stroke overnight lead rather than shoot himself in the foot.

Jul 18, 2014

Garcia feels the love from British crowds

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia invariably finds himself in the weekend mix at the British Open, so much so that he has almost become an adopted son for the galleries that follow him around.

“Come on Sergio” is the usual cry and there were plenty of them again on Friday as the Spanish Ryder Cup stalwart followed up a first-round 68 with an up-and-down round of 70 in Iberian-like heat at the Royal Liverpool course.

Jul 18, 2014

Wounded Tiger claws his way into weekend

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Tiger Woods endured an ignominious afternoon at the British Open on Friday but the fierce pride of a wounded champion made sure he will at least be still in there fighting at the weekend.

Shortly before leader and British favorite Rory McIlroy made a mockery of the par-four 17th with a monster drive on the way to a nailed-on birdie, Woods had hacked his way to an ugly seven at the very same hole.

Jul 18, 2014

Rose feeling chipper after two moments of brilliance

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – World number three Justin Rose moved into contention at the British Open with two successive chip-ins igniting his challenge on Friday during a two-under second round 70.

The Englishman was plodding along in unspectacular fashion at a blustery Royal Liverpool course when the 2013 U.S. Open champion produced two sublime moments of brilliance.

Jul 18, 2014

Macpherson improves by 10 after naughty 90

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Australia’s Bryden Macpherson signed off from the British Open with a round of 80 on Friday but was really quite pleased with himself after a 10-stroke overnight improvement.

The 20-year-old was rock bottom after spraying balls here there and everywhere during a horrible first round 90 at the Royal Liverpool course the previous day – the worst round seen at the Open since 1999.

Jul 18, 2014

Coetzee makes early move for clubhouse lead at Open

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – South African George Coetzee made light of stiffening breezes to sail up the British Open leaderboard on Friday, claiming the clubhouse lead on five-under par with a barrage of birdies in a three-under 69 in his second round.

After the calm conditions of Thursday when Rory McIlroy made the early running with a six-under 66, the Royal Liverpool course was far less benevolent as the players returned to action with a warm wind blowing off the Dee Estuary.

Jul 17, 2014

Blood spilt as Els says he put ‘jinx’ on his group

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Ernie Els left a spectator bloodied with a wild opening tee shot, defending champion Phil Mickelson went out of bounds, and Bubba Watson’s promising start was blown away at the British Open on Thursday.

One of the most eye-catching groups of the tournament’s first round had a wretched day, carding a cumulative 13 over par to leave their chances of challenging for the Claret Jug hanging in the balance.

Jul 17, 2014

Woods wants the sound of silence

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – British Open organizers warned spectators about mobile phone use on Thursday after three-times champion Tiger Woods was distracted during his opening round 69 at Hoylake.

Huge galleries followed the American’s every move but some could not resist taking cheeky snaps of the 38-year-old in action despite the R&A’s mobile phone policy being plastered on notice boards all over the course.