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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.

Jul 18, 2015

Play underway at St Andrews after 10-hour delay

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Play finally resumed after a delay of 10 and a half hours in the second round of the 144th British Open on Saturday.

Organisers called the players off at around 0730 local time because of howling 50mph winds that buffeted the iconic Old Course layout at St Andrews.

Jul 18, 2015

Sanders still ruing miss that cost him millions

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – He ran with the Rat Pack, he befriended U.S. presidents and big-name celebrities but Doug Sanders will forever be remembered as the man who missed THAT putt in the 1970 British Open at St Andrews.

The American had suffered a string of major championship near misses when he walked on to the 72nd green at the Home of Golf needing to sink a three-foot putt to defeat the great Jack Nicklaus.

Jul 18, 2015

Golf-Open to finish on Monday for first time since 1988

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18 (Reuters) – The British Open will end on a Monday for the first time since the late Seve Ballesteros won at Royal Lytham in 1988 after high winds caused havoc on Saturday.

The Royal and Ancient (R&A) organisers announced their plan for the delayed second round to be completed later on Saturday, for the third round to be played on Sunday and for the final round to be contested on Monday.

Jul 18, 2015

Johnson leads way as Watson and Faldo bid farewell

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Floods, fireworks and farewells were the order of the day as a rain-interrupted second round ended with Dustin Johnson occupying first place on the leaderboard in the 144th British Open on Friday.

The big-hitting American was 10-under-par for the championship through 13 holes, one stroke clear of England’s Danny Willett (69), when darkness ended play just before 10pm with several groups still out on the course.

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