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Jul 17, 2014

Golf-Karlsson sets early pace as Woods treads water

HOYLAKE, England, July 17 (Reuters) – Former European number one Robert Karlsson set a sizzling early pace on a blisteringly hot day at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club by firing a three-under-par 69 in the 143rd British Open on Thursday.

While the 6ft-5in (1.95m) Swede was inching his way to the top of the leaderboard alongside Spain’s Sergio Garcia and American Rickie Fowler, who had both played eight holes, 14-times major champion Tiger Woods was treading water on the opening day.

Jul 16, 2014

Tiger ready to shake up golfing world: Jacklin

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Former British Open champion Tony Jacklin took a leaf out of the great Muhammad Ali’s book on Wednesday by declaring that Tiger Woods could be ready to shock the golfing world at this week’s British Open.

Many pundits have written off the 38-year-old American’s hopes of landing his 15th major victory at Hoylake, largely because he has only played two competitive rounds since undergoing back surgery in March.

Jul 16, 2014

Tiger ready to shake up golfing world – Jacklin

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Former British Open champion Tony Jacklin took a leaf out of the great Muhammad Ali’s book on Wednesday by declaring that Tiger Woods could be ready to shock the golfing world at this week’s British Open.

Many pundits have written off the 38-year-old American’s hopes of landing his 15th major victory at Hoylake, largely because he has only played two competitive rounds since undergoing back surgery in March.

Jul 16, 2014

Golf – Tom Watson tips Rose and Bubba to tame Hoylake

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Five-times British Open champion Tom Watson has tipped Justin Rose and namesake Bubba Watson to mount strong title challenges at Royal Liverpool this week.

The 64-year-old American says Englishman Rose is the form horse while shot-maker extraordinaire Bubba has the ability to make the ball do precisely what he wants it to do in the tricky winds that are likely to confront the players on the par-72 links course.

Jul 16, 2014

Tom Watson tips Rose and Bubba to tame Hoylake

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Five-times British Open champion Tom Watson has tipped Justin Rose and namesake Bubba Watson to mount strong title challenges at Royal Liverpool this week.

The 64-year-old American says Englishman Rose is the form horse while shot-maker extraordinaire Bubba has the ability to make the ball do precisely what he wants it to do in the tricky winds that are likely to confront the players on the par-72 links course.

Jul 16, 2014

Watch the birdies? No, watch the Tiger, says Watson

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – After missing the U.S. Masters and the U.S. Open following a back operation, Tiger Woods returns to major championship action at this week’s British Open and once again he is the hot topic of conversation.

The 38-year-old American is normally the clear favorite when he tees it up at any tournament but the bookmakers seem skeptical of his title chances at Hoylake, rating him a 20-1 shot to land the 15th major victory of his career.

Jul 15, 2014

Like Chicago and Sinatra, Hoylake’s McDowell’s kind of town

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Chicago was always Frank Sinatra’s kind of town when the great crooner was in his pomp and the same thing could be said of self-confessed “short knocker” Graeme McDowell and this week’s British Open venue.

The biggest tournaments these days often play into the hands of the long hitters but the Royal Liverpool Golf Club is an exception, as evidenced in 2006 when Tiger Woods shunned his driver on the way to a two-stroke victory.

Jul 15, 2014

Scott hopes for third time lucky after two Open near-misses

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – World number one Adam Scott has left no stone unturned in the build-up to this week’s British Open as he strives to make it third time lucky after two successive near-misses at golf’s oldest major championship.

The Australian finished tied third behind winner Phil Mickelson at Muirfield 12 months ago but the real heartache came 12 months earlier when he let slip a four-shot lead with four holes to play to finish runner-up to Ernie Els at Royal Lytham.

Jul 15, 2014

Bunker mentality the key as Rose aims for third straight win

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – World number three Justin Rose is planning to adopt a bunker mentality in this week’s British Open as he goes in search of a rare third victory in successive tournaments.

The 33-year-old Englishman followed up his triumph at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland last month by capturing the Scottish Open title at Royal Aberdeen on Sunday.

Jul 15, 2014

Back surgery has given returning Woods a fresh perspective

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’s back operation in March robbed the former world number one of a quarter of the golf season but at least it has given him a fresh outlook on his career.

The 14-times major champion will be making his second competitive appearance in four months at this week’s British Open and Woods is just happy to be back at the venue of his memorable 2006 victory at Royal Liverpool.”With this particular injury with my back I didn’t want to do anything,” Woods told reporters on Tuesday. “I couldn’t get out of bed and I couldn’t move around the house.

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