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Jul 18, 2015

Spieth five off the pace and ready to chase down Johnson

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – American Jordan Spieth believes he will have to shoot 10-under par for his last two rounds at windswept St Andrews to keep his British Open hopes alive.

The 21-year-old Texan, attempting to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the year’s first three majors, is five shots behind compatriot Dustin Johnson on five-under after a level-par 72 second round that took more than 24 hours to complete.

Jul 18, 2015

Golf-Fans take refuge in St Andrews’ favourite ’19th hole’

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18 (Reuters) – Sheena Willoughby has served countless thirsty fans at five British Opens since taking the keys to the Dunvegan Hotel 21 years ago.

But the Scot has never seen a day like Saturday.

After strong winds had stopped play early in the morning, the thousands who’d flooded in to this ancient Scottish town had little more to do than share golfing tales over a ‘wee dram’.

Jul 18, 2015

IOC chief urges U.S. golf tour to fall in line with WADA

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18 (Reuters) – Golf was urged to fully adhere to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code on Saturday by the IOC president who also said players must accept Olympic-standard testing in the build-up to Rio 2016.

Next year’s Games in Brazil will see golf return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

Jul 18, 2015

Olympics-IOC chief urges U.S. golf tour to fall in line with WADA

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18 (Reuters) – Golf was urged to fully adhere to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code on Saturday by the IOC president who also said players must accept Olympic-standard testing in the build-up to Rio 2016.

Next year’s Games in Brazil will see golf return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

Jul 18, 2015

Monday finish possible as Open halted due to winds

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – The 144th British Open was blown further off schedule on Saturday as a howling gale forced a suspension around half an hour after players returned to St Andrews to try and complete their second rounds.

When 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen’s ball began blowing wildly across the 13th green at around 0730 organizers called a halt to proceedings, although a few groups managed to finish the holes they were on.

Jul 17, 2015

Journeyman Gillis departs after St Andrews ‘vacation’

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Tom Gillis departed the British Open $15,000 lighter the day after his 47th birthday on Friday having enjoyed a short “vacation” from his day-job as the classic golf journeyman.

A Tour pro since 1990, three years before new American sensation Jordan Spieth was born, Gillis qualified for only the fifth major of his career last weekend when losing out to Spieth in a playoff at the John Deere Classic.

Jul 17, 2015

It’s a zoo out there, says leading amateur Dunne

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Ireland’s Paul Dunne described the British Open as like a “zoo” after blazing a trail for the amateurs with a second successive round of 69 to put himself in contention on Friday.

The 22-year-old’s 138 total for 36 holes equaled the record of England’s Justin Rose at Royal Birkdale in 1998 and South Korea’s Jin Jeong at St Andrews in 2010.

Jul 17, 2015

Vintage finish for Faldo on St Andrews farewell

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – It could have been 1987 all over again.

Nick Faldo rolling in a majestic birdie and standing, arms aloft, milking the applause in the yellow diamond-knit sweater he virtually trade-marked in his pomp.

A glance at the scoreboard alongside the Road Hole on Friday fast-forwarded everyone to 2015 and Faldo’s final walk down the stretch at a St Andrews British Open.

Jul 17, 2015

Reprieved Bowditch feels like a lottery winner

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Australian Steven Bowditch thought he had won the lottery after a penalty-shot reprieve on the notorious 17th hole helped him stay in the hunt at the British Open on Friday.

Bowditch was addressing a three-foot putt for a bogey on the testing 495-yard, par-four Road Hole when the wind caused the ball to move and he dropped his club in despair.

Jul 17, 2015

Van Zyl finds 10 strokes overnight, despite storm

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – South African Jaco van Zyl found the St Andrews conditions more to his liking despite having his second round interrupted by torrential rain on Friday, carding a 69 after an opening 79.

Van Zyl, who teed off at 6.32am local time with former British Open champion Mark Calcavecchia and Germany’s Marcel Siem, had not even completed the first hole when the course was swamped by rain and organizers called a halt.