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Jul 16, 2015

Players’ Open hopes might be blowing in the wind

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Strong winds and torrential rain are expected to blow the British Open leaderboard apart on Friday with players gearing up for the worst Scotland’s climate can throw at them.

Low scoring was possible around the 7,297-yards links in Thursday’s opening round, especially earlier in the day when leader Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth took advantage of relatively benign conditions to score 65 and 67 respectively.

Jul 16, 2015

Open turns ugly for veteran Watson

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Ugly weather is predicted for the British Open but nothing quite as scary, insists American great Tom Watson, as the masks his fans were wearing in the galleries on Thursday.

The ever-popular 65-year-old five-times champion, making his farewell appearance, received vocal support on the Old Course as he battled to a four-over 76, including several fans wearing Watson face masks.

Jul 16, 2015

Gridlock at Open after child picks up player’s ball

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – The British Open suffered temporary gridlock on Thursday after a child spectator picked up a ball belonging to American JB Holmes when it landed in a bush.

Holmes, part of the 13th trio to go out at St Andrews, hit his ball into a gorse bush on the 15th and spent more than 10 minutes getting a ruling on “light of sight” relief after the young fan moved it.

Jul 16, 2015

Golf-Gridlock at Open after child picks up player’s ball

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 16 (Reuters) – The British Open suffered temporary gridlock on Thursday after a child spectator picked up a ball belonging to American JB Holmes when it landed in a bush.

Holmes, part of the 13th trio to go out at St Andrews, hit his ball into a gorse bush on the 15th and spent more than 10 minutes getting a ruling on “light of sight” relief after the young fan moved it.

Jul 16, 2015

Johnson makes hay as the sun doesn’t shine

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – The sun was not exactly shining but American nearly-man Dustin Johnson made hay anyway to harvest a crop of birdies after a big-hitting first round at the British Open on Thursday.

Johnson’s seven-under-par 65 on a grey and chilly day on the Fife coast included several monstrous blows that twice saw him nearly reach the green on par-four holes from the tee.

Jul 16, 2015

Golf-Johnson makes hay as the sun doesn’t shine

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 16 (Reuters) – The sun was not exactly shining but American nearly-man Dustin Johnson made hay anyway to harvest a crop of birdies after a big-hitting first round at the British Open on Thursday.

Johnson’s seven-under-par 65 on a grey and chilly day on the Fife coast included several monstrous blows that twice saw him nearly reach the green on par-four holes from the tee.

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”.