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Jul 17, 2014

Slow start, then returning Tiger lights up the Open

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – “Glad you could make it Tiger”, one fan shouted as the 14-times major champion marched off the first tee of the Royal Liverpool course in search of a fourth British Open title on Thursday.

Another one was not so generous as the 38-year-old Tiger Woods made a hash of a bunker shot minutes later on the way to a bogey, urging the American’s ball to scuttle past the flag pole and into a tricky hollow.

Jul 17, 2014

Englishman Howell hits first shot at British Open

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – David Howell launched the 143rd British Open on a glorious sunny morning at Royal Liverpool on Thursday, hitting his opening drive down the right of the 458-yard first hole.

With the small grandstand around the first tee already packed at 6.25am local time, Englishman Howell was followed on to the tee by 2001 champion David Duval of the United States and Robert Karlsson from Sweden.

Jul 16, 2014

Kuchar keeping good company as he seeks Open secret

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – American Matt Kuchar is not one to shy away from seeking tips.His majestic short game owes much to chats he once shared as an aspiring pro with the likes of chipping masters Lee Trevino and Ray Floyd.

It would be a surprise then if he wasn’t in the ear of his practice-round partners at the British Open which starts on Thursday at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Jul 16, 2014

Donald under the radar but still chasing Open first

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – The bad rounds don’t feel as bad and the tough ones are easier to handle these days for Luke Donald but before anyone believes the Englishman has lost his hunger to win a long-awaited major – think again.

With two young children the Chicago-based 36-year-old has more to occupy his time than dawn to dusk practice rounds but the former world number one could never be accused of enjoying the fruits of his distinguished career and settling for easy street.

Jul 16, 2014

Golf: Donald under the radar but still chasing Open first

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – The bad rounds don’t feel as bad and the tough ones are easier to handle these days for Luke Donald but before anyone believes the Englishman has lost his hunger to win a long-awaited major – think again.

With two young children the Chicago-based 36-year-old has more to occupy his time than dawn to dusk practice rounds but the former world number one could never be accused of enjoying the fruits of his distinguished career and settling for easy street.

Jul 16, 2014

R&A chief Dawson defends club after sexism row

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Chief executive Peter Dawson jumped to the defense of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club on Wednesday after the bastion of male exclusivity came under fire from the female principal of St Andrews University.

The famous club in St Andrews, regarded as the home of golf, will host the British Open next year by which time its men-only membership policy may well have been scrapped.

Jul 15, 2014

Kaymer hoping to maintain German quality in the Open

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – In-form Martin Kaymer says his golf swing, like most things assembled in Germany, be it cars, soccer teams or kitchen appliances, is built to last.

Kaymer added the U.S. Open title to the PGA title he won in 2010 last month and arrived at the Royal Liverpool course this week full of confidence and one of the favorites to lift the British Open’s Claret Jug on Sunday.

Jul 15, 2014

Watson’s two-iron comes out of the locker

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Bubba Watson’s two-iron leads a solitary existence, spending most of its time in a locker in his house.

It will get an outing this week though as the twice Masters champion prepares to use every tool at his disposal to solve the riddles of links golf that have so far proved beyond his skills.

Jul 15, 2014

Golf-Poulter ready to play through the pain at Open

HOYLAKE, England, July 15 (Reuters) – Europe’s Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter declared himself fit for this week’s British Open despite a wrist injury but said on Tuesday he will be chewing on pain killers to get through.

The 38-year-old Englishman jarred his right wrist at last week’s Scottish Open, where he missed the cut, aggravating a previous problem with a ganglion cyst and putting his participation at the Royal Liverpool course in doubt.

Jul 7, 2014

Cycling – Kittel reigns supreme on streets of London

LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Marcel Kittel produced another show of raw power to win his second stage of this year’s Tour de France on Monday, storming down The Mall for a commanding victory.

With his Giant-Shimano team setting a searing pace at the front of the peloton as it snaked around some of London’s most well-known landmarks, Kittel burst to the line at the end of the 155-km third stage, a flat run from Cambridge.