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Jul 23, 2015

Usain Bolt and Mo Farah under spotlight in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Usain Bolt’s suspect hip and Mo Farah’s status as the golden boy of British athletics will come under scrutiny when both return to London’s Olympic stadium this weekend.

The two-day so-called Anniversary Games, which incorporates a Diamond League meeting, features a glittering cast but six-times Olympic gold medallist Bolt is the undoubted top of the bill when he goes in the 100m on Friday.

Jul 20, 2015

Amateurs in name only as college kids pass test

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – If Oliver Schniederjans had been offered a nine-under par finish at a weather-ravaged British Open he would have signed instantly thinking the silver medal for best amateur was in the bag.

Yet the American played second fiddle to compatriot Jordan Niebrugge who finished two shots better off for a tied sixth place finish — earning an exemption into next year’s tournament.

Jul 20, 2015

Oosthuizen falls just short as St Andrews bites back

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Louis Oosthuizen said the famous St Andrews links where he won his first major five years ago “showed its teeth” on Monday after he fell just short of a second British Open.

The South African looked like the favorite before the start of the fourth round when he went out in the final pairing with Irish amateur Paul Dunne and battled doggedly to set-up a three-way playoff with Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman.

Jul 20, 2015

Golf-So close, but Spieth’s Grand Slam dream dies at St Andrews

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 20 (Reuters) – When American Jordan Spieth sent his ball across the 16th green at St Andrews on Monday and seconds later watched it vanish into the hole 40 feet away it seemed the golfing Gods were smiling on him.

As the challengers for the 144th British Open faltered one by one the history-seeking Texan moved level with leaders Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman and he could almost smell the polish on the old Claret Jug.

Jul 20, 2015

Spieth’s Grand Slam dream dies at St Andrews

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth’s bid for an unprecedented golfing Grand Slam ended in agonizing fashion at the British Open on Monday after he missed out on joining a playoff by one stroke.

The 21-year-old American, who was seeking to become the first man to land the year’s first three majors since compatriot Ben Hogan in 1953, moved into a share of the lead with a wondrous birdie putt in the 16th,

Jul 20, 2015

Mickelson’s Open hopes end on hotel balcony

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson’s final-round surge at the British Open came to a halt when a wild tee shot at the 17th hole ended with his ball on the balcony of a room at the Old Course Hotel on Monday.

The American, who had picked up six shots and had closed to within two of the three leaders, sent his drive right, landing it on top of the hotel’s conservatory before it bounced, rattled around like a pinball, and came to rest on the balcony.

Jul 19, 2015

Johnson challenge fizzles out as putting deserts him

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson’s jinx at majors struck again as he went from favorite to outsider for the British Open with a scrappy three-over-par 75 at St Andrews on Sunday.

Leading at the halfway stage on 10 under, the big-hitting American misfired badly to tumble down the leaderboard.

Jul 19, 2015

Golf-Spieth makes his move, Dunne steals Open limelight

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 19 (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth surged through a gridlocked British Open leaderboard as a third straight major title loomed large but he had to share the spotlight with Irish amateur Paul Dunne at St Andrews after a remarkable day’s action on Sunday.

The 21-year-old American, bidding to become the first man to win the year’s first three majors since Ben Hogan in 1953, began the delayed third round in the chasing pack and lost ground early on but he stormed home with a seven-birdie, six-under 66 for an 11-under total, one off the lead.

Jul 19, 2015

Oosthuizen rekindling love affair with St Andrews

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Louis Oosthuizen wishes the British Open could be played at St Andrews every year and he is probably not alone after 36 players went sub-70 in Sunday’s third round.

But the South African has even more reason to love the Old Course after a stunning seven-stroke triumph five years ago at the spiritual home of golf.

Jul 19, 2015

Golf-Spieth birdie blitz gives him joint lead at Open

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 19 (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth roared up the British Open leaderboard in ominous fashion with a burst of birdies helping the American catch leader Dustin Johnson on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, bidding to become the first man to win the first three majors of the year since Ben Hogan in 1953, began the delayed third round at five-under but the putts began to disappear on a perfect day for low scoring.