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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.

Jul 17, 2014

Perfect Thursday…now McIlroy wants to avoid fright day

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Fridays have become fright days for Rory McIlroy this year, with a series of inexplicable second-round meltdowns, but he hopes to break the curse this week at the British Open.

McIlroy produced a scintillating first-round 66 at a baking Royal Liverpool course on Thursday to top the leaderboard – a position he has become accustomed to.

Jul 17, 2014

Molinari brothers star in Italian job at the Open

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, together with compatriot Matteo Manassero, staged an audacious Italian Job towards the top of the British Open leaderboard on Thursday.

The Molinaris, Ryder Cup team mates at Celtic Manor in 2010, scored identical four-under 68s in weather conditions more comparable to Naples than England’s Merseyside coast before Manassero upstaged them both with a 67, just a stroke behind leader Rory McIlroy.

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.