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Jul 16, 2015

Spieth overshadowed but firmly in the hunt

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Out-scored and out-hit by playing partner Dustin Johnson and trailing Tiger Woods in the popularity stakes, Jordan Spieth still displayed the hallmarks of a potential British Open champion on Thursday with a composed opening round of 67.

The 21-year-old American, making only his third appearance in the tournament, kept his head when the St Andrews course tripped him up and showed an unerring touch with the hottest putter in the game.

Jul 15, 2015

Spieth’s plenty long enough off the tee, says Calcavecchia

St ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth averages 30 yards shorter off the tee than the PGA Tour’s big hitters but is plenty long enough to tame St Andrews and win the British Open, says fellow American Mark Calcavecchia.

The 55-year-old Calcavecchia, winner of the British Open at Royal Troon in 1989, struggled for distance in Wednesday’s practise round and thinks Sunday’s winner will be a player who “can put it out there” but does not buy into the theory that 21-year-old Spieth lacks power.

Jul 15, 2015

Check in for drama on the 17th at St Andrews

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – There are few holes in world golf revered quite as much as the 17th on the Old Course at St Andrews — a par-four brute where British Open dreams could be crushed this weekend.

The Road Hole, named after the old turnpike road that forms its right boundary, plays 495 yards, if you’re feeling brave, requires a tee shot aimed at the Old Course Hotel, then a long second at shallow green guarded by the infamous Road Hole bunker on one side and a stone wall at the rear.

Jul 15, 2015

Watson feeling lucky as prepares for final Open walk

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – The fickle bounce of the ball on the treacherous corrugated fairways of wild links courses has been pretty kind to American Tom Watson during his 40-year love affair with the British Open.

Five times he has conquered topography and climate, and some of the game’s greats, to lift the Claret Jug, the first occasion on his debut in 1975 at Carnoustie when he “was just trying to learn how to play the game for a living”.

Jul 15, 2015

Australian debutant Arnold ready for Open fast lane

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – After six years waiting for his first major championship, go-kart loving Australian Scott Arnold’s career picks up speed on Thursday when he tees it up in the British Open at St Andrews.

The 29-year-old grabbed one of three starting spots on offer at the final qualifying event last month, a year after a heyfever attack put paid to his chances.

Jul 13, 2015

Steel-plated Djokovic a step too far for Federer

LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic again revealed the true depth of his steely core to grind Wimbledon idol Roger Federer’s hopes of a record eighth title into Centre Court’s baseline dust on Sunday.

With a sell-out crowd urging Federer to scale the same dizzy heights he reached in eclipsing Britain’s Andy Murray in Friday’s semi-final, Djokovic shrugged off losing a stomach-churning second-set tiebreak to prevail 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3.

Jul 12, 2015

Djokovic downs Federer to win third Wimbledon crown

LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic displayed the true depth of his steely core to end Roger Federer’s hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3 victory on Sunday.

The world number one overcame losing a stomach-churning second set tiebreak in which he squandered six points for a two-set lead, rebounding to overwhelm the Centre Court favourite who had reached dizzy heights in beating home favourite Andy Murray in Friday’s spellbinding semi-final.

Jul 12, 2015

Tennis-Djokovic downs Federer to win third Wimbledon crown

LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic displayed the true depth of his steely core to end Roger Federer’s hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3 victory on Sunday.

The world number one overcame losing a stomach-churning second set tiebreak in which he squandered six points for a two-set lead, rebounding to overwhelm the Centre Court favourite who had reached dizzy heights in beating home favourite Andy Murray in Friday’s spellbinding semi-final.

Jul 11, 2015

Hingis and Mirza win women’s doubles

LONDON (Reuters) – Martina Hingis and partner Sania Mirza produced a stirring fightback to claim the Wimbledon women’s doubles title under the Centre Court roof lights on Saturday.

The 34-year-old former Swiss Miss, who won the singles in 1997 and has returned to the doubles circuit with great success after coming out of retirement, held her serve to seal a 5-7 7-6(4) 7-5 win over Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

Jul 11, 2015

Tennis-Hingis and Mirza win women’s doubles

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – Martina Hingis and partner Sania Mirza produced a stirring fightback to claim the Wimbledon women’s doubles title under the Centre Court roof lights on Saturday.

The 34-year-old former Swiss Miss, who won the singles in 1997 and has returned to the doubles circuit with great success after coming out of retirement, held her serve to seal a 5-7 7-6(4) 7-5 win over Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.