HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia was in philosophical mood on Sunday after finishing as a major championship runner-up for the fourth time in his career.
The 34-year-old Spaniard has still to achieve a breakthrough victory in one of golf’s ‘Big Four’ events and he gave it all he could in the final round of the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy suffered several anxious moments but kept the jitters in check to rubber-stamp his status as the newest golfing great by landing the first British Open title of his career on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Northern Irishman watched Sergio Garcia (66) cut his overnight lead from six strokes to two before repelling the last-round charge by his European Ryder Cup team mate to land his third major in a tantalizing finish.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s overnight lead was cut from six to four strokes midway through the final round of the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Northern Irishman opened with a birdie at the first but experienced some anxious moments when he dropped successive shots at the fifth and sixth.
HOYLAKE, England, July 20 (Reuters) – It is not often a 64-year-old eclipses his much younger playing partner in a major championship but it happened on Sunday when the seemingly ageless Tom Watson put one over on Australian John Senden.
The five-times champion finished his British Open campaign with a real flourish, recovering in style from a first-hole bogey to squeeze five birdies in a four-under-par 68 and earn a highly creditable total of 289, one over par.
HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy will pick up a first prize of 975,000 pounds ($1.67 million) if he wins the British Open later on Sunday and his father Gerry also stands to pocket 50,000 pounds on a 10-year-old wager.
According to media reports, Gerry and three friends placed a bet of 400 pounds at odds of 500-1 that his son would win golf’s oldest major before the age of 26.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.