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Jul 20, 2015

Zach Johnson wins British Open in playoff

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – American Zach Johnson claimed the second major victory of his career when he beat Australian Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa in a four-hole playoff at the British Open on Monday.

Johnson, who won the U.S. Masters in 2007, was one under par for the extra holes. Oosthuizen was level par and Leishman two over.

Jul 20, 2015

Golf-Oosthuizen and Johnson lead early on at St Andrews

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 20 (Reuters) – South African Louis Oosthuizen and American Zach Johnson were flying high at the top of a massively congested leaderboard early in the delayed final round of the 144th British Open on Monday but amateur Paul Dunne had a rocky start.

Oosthuizen, who won the prized Claret Jug the last time golf’s oldest major was held at St Andrews in 2010, rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the first as he moved to 13 under par through three holes.

Jul 20, 2015

Emotional St Andrews farewell for popular Langer

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Emotions were running high when twice U.S. Masters champion Bernhard Langer strode off the 18th green at St Andrews for probably the last time in a British Open on Monday.

The 57-year-old German, playing in the first match of the final round alongside Ryan Fox of New Zealand, ended his campaign with a level-par 72 and a one-over aggregate of 289.

Jul 20, 2015

Golf – Emotional St Andrews farewell for popular Langer

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Emotions were running high when twice U.S. Masters champion Bernhard Langer strode off the 18th green at St Andrews for probably the last time in a British Open on Monday.

The 57-year-old German, playing in the first match of the final round alongside Ryan Fox of New Zealand, ended his campaign with a level-par 72 and a one-over aggregate of 289.

Jul 19, 2015

Day inspired by ‘go get it done’ message from Woods

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Jason Day, buoyed by the support of close friend Tiger Woods, believes he is ready to end his run of major championship near-misses at the 144th British Open.

The 27-year-old Australian has so often been the bridesmaid in a ‘Big Four’ event and is desperate to finally make the breakthrough on Monday.

Jul 19, 2015

Irish amateur Dunne proves a St Andrews sensation

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Irish amateur Paul Dunne is in contention to become the first amateur to win the British Open for 85 years after a sensational third-round display sent him rocketing into a tie for the lead on Sunday.

The 22-year-old joined 2010 St Andrews winner Louis Oosthuizen and experienced Australian Jason Day on 12 under par after firing a remarkably composed third-round, six under par 66, his third sub-70 round of the week.

Jul 19, 2015

Happy Harrington in a hurry on ‘moving day’

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Padraig Harrington has waited a long time to feel the vibes of contending in a major championship and the Irishman was thrilled to deliver under pressure in the British Open third round on Sunday.

The 43-year-old started so-called ‘moving day’ at St Andrews back in the pack and knew he needed a low score to have any chance of keeping his dream alive of landing the prized Claret Jug for a third time.

Jul 19, 2015

Life has new meaning for low-scoring Australian Leishman

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Marc Leishman flirted with a record-equaling 63 at the British Open on Sunday and when the Australian just missed out he simply shrugged it off, perhaps because he has had more serious worries recently.

Leishman thought he might lose his wife Audrey earlier this year when she developed myopathy, a disease where the muscles cease to function.

Jul 19, 2015

Part-timer Duval rolls back the years at St Andrews

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Former champion David Duval is a part-time golfer these days and admits it is “not a fair fight” taking on the world’s best but he punched well above his weight in the British Open third round on Sunday.

The 43-year-old American’s commitments as a commentator with the Golf Channel have restricted his appearances on the U.S. PGA Tour this season to four tournaments, and he has missed the cut in three of them.

Jul 18, 2015

Golf-Woods misses two major cuts in row for first time

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’ year went from bad to worse on Saturday when he bowed out of the British Open, missing the cut in two major championships in a row for the first time.

The 14-times major winner finished the weather-delayed second round with a three-over-par 75 for a seven-over aggregate of 151.

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