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Jul 19, 2014

Manassero rescued by advice from bagman and coach

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Having a coach and mentor on your golf bag is always handy and it certainly proved beneficial for Matteo Manassero on Saturday as the young Italian rallied from an inauspicious start at the British Open.

The 21-year-old from Verona, already a four-times European Tour winner, dropped strokes at each of the opening two holes in the third round at Royal Liverpool.

Jul 19, 2014

Young Fowler left to regret bad late swings

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rickie Fowler was left rueing two wayward late drives and one errant approach shot after allowing Rory McIlroy to sprint into a six-shot lead in the third round of the 143rd British Open on Sunday.

The 25-year-old American was in majestic form early on and a seven-birdie flurry helped him draw level with overnight pacesetter McIlroy by the 12th hole.

Jul 19, 2014

McIlroy leaves it late to turn on the Hoylake magic

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy waited patiently for the right moment to press the turbo-charge button in the third round of the British Open on Saturday and when he did he sped away from the field like a finely-tuned Ferrari.

The Northern Irishman’s four-stroke overnight lead was completely wiped out when he failed to sink a par-saving effort from five feet at the 12th hole.

Jul 19, 2014

Golf-I made too many mistakes, says Woods after 73

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Tiger Woods lamented a succession of errors after the former world number one slumped to a one-over-par 73 on a good day for scoring in the third round of the British Open on Saturday.

The decision by the organizers to bring forward the start time to avoid the heavy rain and thunderstorms that were forecast proved a good one as the softer fairways and greens and the still wind led to a total of 17 sub-70 rounds being carded.

Jul 19, 2014

Golf: Competitive juices still flow for slim golden oldie Clarke

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Darren Clarke may be unrecognizable from the figure that won the 2011 British Open but one thing will never change for the Northern Irishman – the competitive juices always flow for him at golf’s oldest major.

The 45-year-old has endured a miserable season, missing a combined 10 cuts on the European and U.S. PGA tours, and is still waiting for his first top-20 finish of the year.

Jul 19, 2014

Competitive juices still flow for slim golden oldie Clarke

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Darren Clarke may be unrecognisable from the figure that won the 2011 British Open but one thing will never change for the Northern Irishman – the competitive juices always flow for him at golf’s oldest major.

The 45-year-old has endured a miserable season, missing a combined 10 cuts on the European and U.S. PGA tours, and is still waiting for his first top-20 finish of the year.

Jul 19, 2014

Golf-Harrington and McGinley lead Torrance tributes

HOYLAKE, England, July 19 (Reuters) – Triple major winner Padraig Harrington and European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley led the tributes on Saturday following the death of Scottish coach Bob Torrance.

Torrance, father of 2002 Ryder Cup-winning skipper Sam, died on Friday at the age of 82.

Jul 18, 2014

Not even wild pheasant can put leader McIlroy off his game

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy may have been briefly distracted by a wild pheasant but he performed like a swan gliding effortlessly across a pond as he eased into a four-shot lead at the British Open on Friday.

The young Northern Irishman banished all thoughts of ‘freaky Fridays’, the term used to describe his penchant for second-round collapses, by posting a second successive six-under-par 66 for a 12-under total of 132.

Jul 18, 2014

Golf: Compton misses Open cut as luck runs out

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Lady luck smiled kindly on Erik Compton when he went close to achieving U.S. Open glory last month, but unfortunately she turned her back on the American at this week’s British Open.

The 34-year-old, who has had two heart transplants, inexplicably lost a ball early in his second round at Royal Liverpool before a triple-bogey six at the short 15th meant he missed the cut.

Jul 18, 2014

Johnson launches Hoylake charge with best of week 65

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Big-hitting Dustin Johnson peppered the flags with his approach shots as he bulldozed his way through the field with a best-of-the-week 65 in the British Open second round on Friday.

The 30-year-old American reeled off seven birdies in a flawless effort that left him in second place, four strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy.

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