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.
HOYLAKE, England, July 18 (Reuters) – British Open organisers have decided to change the schedule for Saturday’s third round in view of the forecast for heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Play will begin at 0900 local time (0800 GMT), with a simultaneous shotgun start on the front and back nines, in an effort to dodge the bad weather.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – The superlatives used to describe the remarkable career of Tom Watson were exhausted long ago but the 64-year-old continues to defy the ageing process, as he proved again at the British Open on Friday.
While top-notch players half his age were falling by the wayside and missing the cut, the eight-times major winner sailed through to the weekend at Royal Liverpool after delivering his second one-over 73 of the championship.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – U.S. Masters champion Bubba Watson was itching to get home to Florida after plunging to a four-over-par tally of 148 in the second round of the British Open on Friday.
The big-hitting American was two strokes adrift of the projected cut line but, with the wind strengths changeable on the north-west coast of England, it is by no means certain he will miss the halfway guillotine.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson tried to accentuate the positives despite a chequered British Open second round on Friday that featured “a terrible putt,” a “couple of loose shots” and a lost ball.
The defending champion is safely through to the weekend on level-par 144 although his two-under round of 70 was something of a curate’s egg of a performance – good in parts, horrible in others.
HOYLAKE, England, July 18 (Reuters) – George Coetzee was not allowed much of a lie-in on his 28th birthday on Friday but it did not bother him at all as the South African celebrated with a feast of birdies in the second round of the British Open.
The Joburg Open champion was perhaps slightly sleepy-eyed as he dropped a stroke at the par-four second but an outstanding sequence of five birdies in 11 holes to the 15th briefly lifted him into a share of the lead with overnight pacesetter Rory McIlroy.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – World number one Adam Scott was happy to keep championship leader Rory McIlroy in his sights as the Australian opened up with a four-under 68 in the British Open first round on Thursday.
Most of the day’s better scores came in the calmer early conditions and Scott was one of the few to make a late run at the 25-year-old Northern Irishman.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Golfing gunslingers Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods sprayed Royal Liverpool with a barrage of birdie bullets to steal the show in a thrilling opening round of the 143rd British Open on Thursday.
Northern Irishman McIlroy has developed a penchant for making fast starts and he did it yet again on a blisteringly hot day at the third major championship of the season, firing a pacesetting six-under-par 66.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – French Open champion Graeme McDowell could be forgiven for yelling ‘sacre bleu’ after a double-bogey seven at the 10th hole cost him dear in the first round of the 143rd British Open on Thursday.
The world number 17 also bemoaned his inability to hit a much-needed cut shot under the Royal Liverpool winds and “a sloppy posture” after opening up with a disappointing two-over 74 on a hot, sunny day on the north-west coast of England.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia has taken his fair share of bumps and bruises in his 18 appearances at the British Open but the love affair is still going strong after all these years, the Spaniard said on Thursday.
Garcia went close the last time golf’s oldest major was played at Hoylake in 2006, tying for fifth spot, and closer still at Carnoustie a year later when he finished as runner-up to Padraig Harrington.