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July 20, 2018Tiger will make it to the weekend at Carnoustie

Tiger Woods recorded his second-straight even-par round and will finish above the cut line at the British Open.

July 19, 2018Tables could turn on British Open’s harshest commentator

Brandel Chamblee long has been known as one of the most provocative commentators in golf. Now, he’s going back into the game and opening himself up to the ridicule he often dishes out. After calling this weekend’s British Open at Carnoustie for the Golf Channel, Chamblee will head to Senior British Open qualifying at Scotscraig Golf Club as he begins his comeback 15 years after he left the sport. “I love TV and I am not going to stop doing it any time soon,” said Chamblee, 56, who retired in 2003 to spend more time with his three children. “I really enjoy it, but golf has been my life and I’ve committed some effort to it. I think it’ll help me do what I do now. It’s pretty easy to sit in a chair

July 19, 2018WATCH Sergio Garcia hit from water, make great recovery at British Open

You may have to hit from some crazy spots at baked-out Carnoustie. Sergio Garcia can certainly attest. The Spaniard hit his drive too far Thursday at the 471-yard par-4 10th, as his ball traveled over 400 yards to reach a burn. That’s tough, but also something that players knew going in could happen at this British Open with how these balls were running out. It seems Garcia, already out in 2-over 38 in his opening round, would have to take a penalty stroke and drop. Not so! The ball got far enough in the burn and stayed far enough back from the front wall for him to hit out. That’s pretty remarkable in a body of water that may not be more than 10 yards across. Even with that luck, Garcia had

July 19, 2018Spieth takes a stumble in his British Open title defense

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) -- Through 14 holes, Jordan Spieth was challenging for the lead in the British Open and making it look easy. ''Just a clean round of golf,'' he said. And then it got messy in a hurry. Spieth came undone on the tough closing stretch

July 19, 2018McIlroy's youthful exuberance could be a bad sign for Carnoustie contenders

There's nothing wrong with a bit of youthful exuberance. It is why a serene-looking Rory McIlroy spoke so keenly of wanting to tap into that mindset at Carnoustie this week. By the end of round one McIlroy was in a tie for third.

July 19, 2018Inside Jordan Spieth's opening round at British Open: From the top 5 to 70th place in a 4-hole span, thanks to 'a brain fart'

Jordan Spieth's opening round of the British Open at Carnoustie was an up-and-down affair. Spieth, who entered the tournament as the defending champion, jumped off to a hot start. He birdied two of the first four holes to move to 2-under early and claim a spot on the front page of the leaderboard -- a place he stayed for the majority of his round. Spieth's most impressive hole of the day may have come at No. 8, when he made a difficult up-and-down from the fringe of the par 3 -- much to the surprise of announcer Jerry Foltz. He peaked at 3-under after carding a birdie at the 11th hole. The birdie came after he found the rough off the tee, but he managed to scramble for a lengthy birdie try --

July 19, 2018The Open 2018 - round one as it happened: Latest scores, leaderboard, news and updates from Carnoustie - Tiger Woods underway in first round

The Open Championship is upon us once again. The oldest tournament in golf returns to Carnoustie, one of the most fearsome courses on the rotation, for what promises to be a true test of the golfing elite. The weather won't help either. After a hot summer

July 20, 2018If I lose I'll go down swinging - McIlroy ready for Carnoustie battle

Rory McIlroy believes his tentative approach to the majors this year has taught him to "go down swinging" regardless of where that leaves him on the final leaderboard. Had it not been for bogeys at the 12th and 15th, and if several near misses for birdie had dropped, then McIlroy could have been sitting even prettier heading into the weekend.

July 20, 2018The Open 2018: Rory McIlroy in championship contention despite battle with the elements

To help you understand the sort of morning Rory McIlroy had around Carnoustie, his press conference ended with the Northern Irishman having to explain the word ‘slog’ to the American media, who had just asked him for one word to describe the tricky final three holes on the Links course. If Thursday was a day when McIlroy had to battle a round of fiery fairways, Friday was a day of fighting through the rain with an early tee time condemning the 29 year-old to the worst of second-round conditions and forcing him to rethink his strategy. “Geez, under those conditions, I would have taken that score today going out," McIlroy said as he sat down to discuss a round that, at one point, had him leading the whole competition.

July 19, 2018Yosemite Ferguson Fire, British Open, Comic-Con: 5 things to know Thursday

Officials say smoke from a forest fire near Yosemite National Park is affecting air quality in central California. A timelapse video shows smoke enveloping the well-known Half Dome rock formation in the park. (July 16) Trump looks to shift focus to economy with event, order on workforce After spending days responding to questions about his joint appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump will attempt to shift the White House message back to the economy on Thursday with an event and executive order focused on worker training. White House officials said they will announce commitments from private companies such as IBM and FedEx to create more than 500,000 jobs for

July 19, 2018LPGA Tour's Lincicome shoots 78 in PGA Tour debut

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brittany Lincicome has a huge hole to climb out of if she hopes to make golf history. Lincicome shot a 6-over 78 in the first round of the Barbasol Championship on Thursday, leaving the LPGA Tour pro's goal of making the cut likely out of reach. Lincicome was hoping to become the second woman to make the cut in a men's event and the first since Babe Zaharias in 1945. She's the first woman to get a PGA Tour start since Michelle Wie a decade ago. Troy Merritt surged to the first-round lead with a 10-under 62, equaling the course record on the Champion Trace course at Keene Trace Golf Club, which is hosting the event for the first time. However, much of Thursday's attention

July 19, 2018Spieth Takes a Stumble in His British Open Title Defense

Jordan Spieth of the US hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Thursday July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super) The Associated Press By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Through 14 holes, Jordan Spieth was challenging for the lead in the British Open and making it look easy. "Just a clean round of golf," he said. And then it got messy in a hurry. Spieth came undone on the tough closing stretch at Carnoustie, dropping four shots over the final four holes. One shot went into the bunker. Another went into the Barry Burn. Another was closer to the gallery than the green. He had to sign for a 1-over

July 18, 2018British Open 2018: Michael Kim rode new driver to win John Deere Classic, now adding another new club to battle Carnoustie

Michael Kim’s dominant win at the John Deere Classic got him the last ticket to the Open Championship this week, and he says that win was fueled by a new club that he might end up not using that much at Carnoustie. Kim, who won the John Deere Classic with a record-setting 27-under-par score for an eight-stroke victory, was powered by a recent switch to Titleist’s prototype TS2 driver, becoming the first player to win with the new Titleist driver set to debut in a couple of months. The shorter-hitting Kim averaged 295 yards off the tee last week at the John Deere about six yards longer than his average heading into the tournament.

July 19, 2018Woods accentuates the positives on Open return

An even-par round left Tiger Woods five shots off the pace after the opening 18 holes of the 147th Open Championship. Tiger Woods believes he’s right in contention after his eagerly-awaited return to The Open, writes James Toney at Carnoustie. The former world number one sits five shots off American leader Kevin Kisner after a level par first round at Carnoustie and believes there were shots left on the course.

July 19, 20182018 British Open: Gritty and determined, Kevin Kisner stands tall early

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If there’s one thing that can universally be said about Kevin Kisner, it’s that he’s always found a way. When he was a junior at the University of Georgia, Kisner, mired by a severe slump, shot 90 in the first round of the 2005 SEC Championship at Sea Island. Later that season, he opened the NCAA Championship in 65 and helped the Bulldogs to a national title. Back in 2013, Kisner contemplated quitting pro golf. He caught a case of the shanks and was embarrassed to hit balls next to his peers on the range. Five years later and Kisner is in his fifth straight season on the PGA Tour, has won twice, made a Presidents Cup team and has climbed as high as 14th in the world. (He’s

July 19, 2018Kevin Kisner is a surprise early leader at the British Open

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — The sample size is not large, but Kevin Kisner has not exactly devoured British Open courses. Entering this week’s 147th Open at Carnoustie, Kisner had a missed cut in 2015 at St. Andrews, a 76th place in 2016 at Troon and a tie for 54th last year at Birkdale. So to see his name atop the Open Championship leaderboard among the early wave of tee times in Thursday’s opening round with a 5-under 66 was a bit of a surprise. To everyone except the cocksure Kisner that is. “If you don’t believe in yourself out here, you’re going to get run over pretty quickly,’’ Kisner said. “So I’m pretty sure everybody has a lot of self-belief, or we wouldn’t be doing it.’’ Kisner this week

July 19, 2018Koepka brought to his knees, rebounds for 72 at British Open

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Brooks Koepka stepped back in the sand, took a deep breath and composed himself ahead of a third shot from the greenside bunker. Moments earlier, Koepka had been brought to his knees at Carnoustie amid a wild stretch of six dropped shots in five holes that left the U.S. Open champion unusually flustered at the British Open. Just when his opening round looked like it was unraveling, he fought back. Koepka reached the turn in 41 before rallying with a stunning 31 on the back nine for a 1-over 72 on Thursday. It left him six shots off the lead and with his ambitions of back-to-back major victories just about intact. "I could care less, man. 1-over, I don't think is going

July 19, 2018British Open 2018: Tiger Woods showed up with tape on his neck and Twitter freaked out

Tiger Woods' play tends to incite a frenzy with his play. His mere appearance nearly caused a global panic on Thursday morning. Woods, who is playing in his first Open Championship in three years, is one of the favorites at Carnoustie this week.

July 20, 2018Golf Channel goes all out for the first two days at Carnoustie

Back when they had the rights with the USGA, Golf Channel used to market and promote U.S. Open sectional qualifying as “golf’s longest day.” They would set up shop all across the country at the different sectional sites and file reports and highlights during the 36-hole marathon. The Open isn’t a 36-hole day, but it is just as long, and probably longer, and has served as a much more popular replacement for the longest broadcast day of the year. The coverage runs almost 15 hours, beginning with the very first group on the first tee at 1:30 a.m. ET. It’s an endless first two days that really no other network makes the commitment to at the other majors. That’s the benefit of Golf Channel getting

July 19, 2018VIDEO: Brittany Lincicome stripes opening driver at Barbasol Championship

Brittany Lincicome is making her PGA Tour debut this week at the Barbasol Championship. She started it off in style. The LPGA player began her tournament Thursday at the par-4 10th at Keene Trace Golf Club and didn’t deviate from her fashion, as she took out a driver. It was an ideal opening tee shot for Lincicome: The video doesn’t show where the ball lands, but ShotLink provides the answer: 268 yards down the right side of the fairway. That’s just what you want especially on a pressure-packed tee shot. Lincicome would go on to hit her 121-yard approach to 17 feet and two-putt for par. The 32-year-old has been all smiles this week, and more shots like that would ensure she really enjoys her

July 18, 2018At 42, Tiger Woods is more real and human than he ever has been

Sports Pulse: USA TODAY Sports' Steve DiMeglio discusses the upcoming tournament and why it will present many obstacles for the golfers. There was a time when Tiger Woods would have looked at a season such as the one he’s currently having and declared it unacceptable. No victories, only one second-place finish, just two other top-5 finishes and two missed cuts in 12 tournaments stretching from December 2017 to where he stands today, at the doorstep of the third major tournament of the year, the British Open. A decade ago, this would have brought nothing but displeasure to Woods. Now, it brings happiness and hope. It’s the strangest thing. He still says he wants to win (who doesn’t?), but because

July 20, 2018Zach Johnson takes early lead in British Open

The way golf has been going the last few years, it would be reasonable to see the name "Johnson" atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the No. 1 player in the world. But not necessarily at the British Open. Zach Johnson — not Dustin — already has his name on the claret jug. And the way he handled the rain Friday in his round of 4-under 67, he might have a chance to see it on that precious silver trophy again. Johnson holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th and had a one-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood at the midway point of the second round. Fleetwood, the top player on the European Tour last year, put together the best round of the week at Carnoustie with a 65. Rory McIlroy had another

July 19, 2018What you missed at The Open while you were sleeping

Unless you have problems, like me, you were probably sleeping for the start of the British Open on Thursday. Golf Channel went live for the very first tee shot again, just after 1:30 a.m. ET and 6:30 a.m. local in Scotland. We’re approaching the midpoint of a full 14.5 hours of coverage and have plenty to review. So while you pour your coffee or just get into work, let’s catch up before you ignore the rest of your obligations and take in the second half of the day. Here are some of the highlights and themes from the start of golf’s oldest major championship. Shot of the morning We heard all week about the divergent strategies prompted by the conditioning of this burnt out links. The bombers,

July 19, 2018Jhonattan Vegas' nightmarish trip to British Open includes last-minute helicopter ride

Tiger Woods tells fans about his opponents being shook: "If you get intimidated that's your own (expletive) issue." Credit: @donaldremington/Twitter Golfer Jhonattan Vegas was so rushed to make the tee time for his second British Open that he arrived by helicopter Thursday. Making matters worse, Vegas' clubs didn't arrive in time, so he had to use new ones on the first 18 holes. Without much practice time, his performance suffered. He shot a 5-over-par 76 to close out the first round after a horrid start — shooting 2-over 38 with three bogeys and a birdie through the first nine holes.  Just getting to Carnoustie for the 147th Open Championship was a challenge for Vegas. He was initially scheduled

July 18, 2018British Open 2018: Rory McIlroy suggests one manufacturer was singled out by the R&A's driver test

A fifth of the Open Championship field was greeted with an usual request from the R&A this week. Such tests used to be commonplace on the premier tours, and some manufacturers say the USGA and R&A still test conformance behind the scenes at tournaments. “We take our governance role very seriously, not just on the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, but also equipment standards, and we felt it was an appropriate next step to more actively seek to test players’ drivers straight out of the bag,” said R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers.

July 19, 20182018 British Open: Phil Mickelson now more major sideshow than major contender

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland—It’s been exactly two years and two days since Phil Mickelson was relevant in a tournament that matters. That was his outstanding duel with Henrik Stenson at Royal Troon in the 145th British Open. He missed the cut in the 146th edition, and the 147th isn’t looking very promising either after a first round of 2-over-par 73. That’s not to say Mickelson hasn’t made news in those two years, during which he accumulated zero top-20 finishes in six majors played. He ended a five-year winless drought at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March, but for the most part his headlines haven’t been so much earned with fine play as extorted with sideshow stunts. The five-time major winner is

July 18, 2018How golf’s rivalries just aren’t what they used to be

Jordan Spieth was practicing Tuesday for the 147th British Open when something caught his eye. Spieth, the defending champion who on Monday had just returned the Claret Jug to tournament officials, was looking at his cell phone and saw a text chain that amused him. The next one came from Rickie Fowler: “Haha, nice try. There were no social media or cell phones back in the respective playing primes of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, et al. But even if there were, can you imagine those guys — the fiercest competitors and most prolific winners of their respective generations — having a go at each other like that on the eve of the most important tournament of the year?

July 20, 2018McIlroy reins it in at British Open, stays in mix with 69

Rory McIlroy has the word ''NASTY'' written on the soles of his golf shoes and he's talking about ''going out swinging'' in a bid to end his four-year major drought. McIlroy wants to be as aggressive as he can at the British Open this week. Cold and wet conditions greeted the early starters in the second round and McIlroy was forced to tinker with his game plan at Carnoustie, playing conservatively in shooting a 2-under 69 that left him two strokes off Zach Johnson's clubhouse lead.