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HOYLAKE, England — The British Open packs 154 years of history on links courses that have been nurtured more by time than by tractors. It returns this year to Royal Liverpool, the second-oldest golf club in England, established in 1867 before anyone in America knew much about the Royal & Ancient game. For all its heritage, however, the charm of this major is what lies ahead. No one ever knows what to expect. Consider the landscape. Royal Liverpool was so brown and baked when The Open was last here in 2006 that the R&A asked players to take extra care … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:26:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rory McIlroy’s dad, dad’s friends win $340K on 10-year-old bet ]]> Lead story image

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy was not the only winner at the British Open on Sunday. The BBC said McIlroy’s father, Gerry, and three of Gerry’s friends placed a combined bet of 400 pounds (now $680) in 2004 on McIlroy winning the British Open before he turned 26. McIlroy was 15 at the time of the wager and is now 25. The odds were 500-1, so the syndicate looks to collect 200,000 pounds ($340,000) now that McIlroy has lifted the claret jug. He won by two strokes over Sergio Garcia and Ricky Fowler. … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:10:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major ]]> Lead story image

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had to work a little harder and sweat a little more. No matter. Just like his other two majors, this British Open was never really in doubt. With two key birdies around the turn, and a powerful tee shot at just the right moment, McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at Royal Liverpool and captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam. ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:13:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rory McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open ]]> Lead story image

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy looked as though he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday. When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist. He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour. And suddenly, the biggest challenge facing the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland was reminding … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rout 66: Rory McIlroy takes huge lead at British Open ]]> Lead story image

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy has shot his second straight 6-under 66 at the British Open, giving him a commanding lead heading to the weekend. Shaking off the second-round doldrums that marred his year, McIlroy closed with three birdies in his final four holes Friday to push his 36-hole score to 12-under 132. McIlroy made his first bogey of the tournament at the first hole, but that was his only major miscue. He birdied seven of the next 17 holes to take a four-shot advantage over Dustin Johnson to the weekend. Johnson had the best round of the tournament with … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:21:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tiger Woods barely makes cut at British Open ]]> Lead story image

Tiger Woods has shot one of his worst rounds at the British Open, a 5-over 77 that nearly cost him a chance to play this weekend. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Watson becomes oldest player to make cut at British Open­—again ]]> Lead story image

The ovations from the packed galleries remain as warm as ever for Tom Watson at the British Open. His scoring continues to be just as impressive, too. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:06:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Zach Johnson, William McGirt on top at John Deere ]]> Lead story image

SILVIS, Ill. — Zach Johnson and William McGirt were at 12-under-par 130 and tied for the lead at the halfway point of the John Deere Classic. They were a stroke ahead of Steven Bowditch, Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman. Three-time Deere winner Steve Stricker shot a 65 Friday for a 133 total to vault into contention at the par-71 TPC Deere Run, and was tied for sixth with Rory Sabbatini, Ryan Moore and Todd Hamilton. Johnson, the Deere winner in 2012, shot a 4-under 67 in the afternoon despite two bogeys in his last four holes. That dropped him into … ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Lehman puts bogey bugaboo aside, leads by 3 at North Shore ]]>

Tom Lehman opened a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 before play was suspended because of a thunderstorm. Lehman had a 13-under 131 ­total at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, playing the first 36 holes without a bogey. The 55-year-old Minnesotan won the last of his seven senior titles in 2012. “It’s been awhile since I had one bogey-free round, and to do two in a row is special,” Lehman said. “I haven’t missed many putts inside 6 feet. If you were to rate whether I’m making the most of my … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:51:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Lehman shoots 65, leads Champions Tour event by one ]]>

After making some putts en route to a 7-under-par 65 that put him atop the leaderboard after the first round Friday, Tom Lehman was pleased to be in contention for his first Champions Tour victory since 2012 at the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. ‘‘It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the interview room,’’ said Lehman, who has played 26 events without a victory the last two years. ‘‘I’m not even sure I remember how to get here. It’s been erratic. It’s nice to be here.’’ Starting on the 10th tee, Lehman birdied four of his … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:17:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Martin Kaymer wins U.S. Open for his second major championship ]]> Lead story image

PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer returned to the elite in golf with a U.S. Open victory that ranks among the best. A forgotten star for two years while building a complete game, Kaymer turned the toughest test of golf into a runaway at Pinehurst No. 2 on Sunday to become only the seventh wire-to-wire winner in 114 years of the U.S. Open. Kaymer closed with a 1-under 69 — the only player from the last eight groups to break par — for an eight-shot victory over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, the two-time heart transplant recipient and the only player … ]]> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:59:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Champions Tour coming this week to Glenview ]]> Lead story image

In this era of entitled athletes, a breath of fresh air is about to blow into Chicago. The Champions Tour will make its second visit this week to North Shore Country Club for the Encompass Championship, and the over-50 golfers couldn’t be happier about it. ‘‘This is such a special week. Everybody loves this place,’’ said Craig Stadler, who won the inaugural Encompass Championship with a 54-hole score of 13-under-par 203 last June. ‘‘It’s in awesome shape. Augusta’s great, and this is right with it. You walk down the 10th fairway, and it looks better than some of the greens … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:30:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Martin Kaymer blazes to record-breaking 10-under at U.S. Open ]]> Lead story image

PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer shot the best 36-hole score in U.S. Open history Friday with his second straight 5-under 65. Taking advantage of a course softened by overnight rain, Kaymer was at 10-under 130 midway through a tournament he is turning into a rout. He matched the 36-hole mark at any major championship, set by Nick Faldo in the 1992 British Open at Muirfield. Kaymer walked off Pinehurst No. 2 with a staggering eight-shot lead while many of the top contenders — including six-time runner-up Phil Mickelson and defending champion Justin Rose — were just teeing off. The largest … ]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Graeme McDowell starts strong at U.S. Open ]]> Lead story image

That wasn’t so tough. With former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell leading the way, Pinehurst No. 2 gave up more birdies than expected in the early going Thursday. ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:12:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ U.S. Open the place to establish the next Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson ]]> Lead story image

It’s not easy to see it now, but there’s opportunity galore for a watershed U.S. Open at Pinehurst No.  2 this week. It’s looking less and less likely that the era of Tiger and Phil will endure much longer. And while no one has truly filled golf’s superstar void yet, the U.S. Open is a great place to start doing that. Tiger Woods won’t even tee it up because of an ominous back injury. And Phil Mickelson, who hasn’t played well this season, comes in saddled with the added distraction of an insider-trading investigation. If Mickelson, who has six painful second-place … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:27:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Harbor Shores is pulling Michigan town out of a hole ]]> Lead story image

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Building an upscale golf course to help revive a down-on-its-luck Rust Belt industrial town may sound like the script of a made-for-TV movie. But in this southwestern Michigan community, it’s a reality show that will be put on display when the Senior PGA Championship is played at Harbor Shores this week. It’s no one-shot deal. Harbor Shores is in the midst of hosting the senior tour’s most historic tournament four times in seven years. It was played here in 2012 and will return in 2016 and 2018. With downtown Chicago less than two hours away, that’s … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:46:26 -0500