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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.

Jul 18, 2014

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

Golf-Open plans changed due to bad weather forecast

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.

Jul 18, 2014

Watson breaks own record as oldest player to make Open cut

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.

Jul 18, 2014

I need a miracle to make cut, says philosophical Bubba

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.

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