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July 18, 2019No surprise: Koepka in contention at a major

Brooks Koepka continued his string of excellent play at a major championship, sharing the lead for a while and settling for a 3-under 68.

July 18, 2019Poston off to hot start at Barbasol Championship

American J.T. Poston equalled the course record with a 10-under-par 62 to grab a slim lead after the first round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship. Canada's Nick Taylor is one shot back after firing 63 and Wes Roach is alone in third with a 64. Kelly Kraft, Kramer Hickok, D.J. Trahan,

July 18, 2019Pressel, Creamer tied for lead in LPGA Tour team event

Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer shot a best-ball 6-under 64 on Thursday for a share of the second-round lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour's first-year team event. Stephanie Meadowand Giulia Molinaro had a 61, and Frenchwomen Celine Boutier and Karine Icher shot 62 to match

July 18, 2019France's Boutier and Icher share lead at LPGA team event

France's Celine Boutier and Karine Icher shot a best ball eight-under 62 for a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational tournament on Thursday. Boutier and Icher birdied four of the first five holes and closed with three straight birdies to finish

July 18, 2019Daly rides cart to 71 at Barbasol, Poston leads

After being denied use of a cart for the British Open, Daly decided to take a pass on playing in the major championship this week, instead teeing up in Nicholasville with the tour's bottom-feeders. The twice major champion, who has an arthritic right knee, was granted use of a cart by the PGA Tour

July 18, 2019J.T. Poston shoots 62 to take 1-shot lead in Barbasol

J.T. Poston shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship. Poston birdied six of the first eight holes at rain-softened Keene Trace, bogeyed the par-3 ninth and added five more birdies on the back nine for his lowest score on the PGA Tour. &

July 18, 2019The usual crowd support saw an unusual score for Woods

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) -- The excitement that always surrounds Tiger Woods even brought out the hired help near the fourth hole at Royal Portrush.

July 18, 2019The usual crowd support saw an unusual score for Woods

The excitement that always surrounds Tiger Woods even brought out the hired help near the fourth hole at Royal Portrush. Woods started the day with the usual cheers and howls as he stepped up on the first tee. A kid in a tiger suit onesie smiled broadly as Woods headed for the second tee.

July 18, 2019British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) -- An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy.

July 18, 2019Holmes makes a return visit to Royal Portrush

The strangest weather J.B. Holmes ever experienced was at Royal Portrush. Holmes, who grew up in a Kentucky town so small that he made the high school golf team when he was in third grade, dropped a mild surprise after he shot 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead that his first experience in links golf was

July 18, 2019Holmes makes a return visit to Royal Portrush

The strangest weather J.B. Holmes ever experienced was at Royal Portrush. Holmes, who grew up in a Kentucky town so small that he made the high school golf team when he was in third grade, dropped a mild surprise after he shot 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead that his first experience in links golf was

July 18, 2019British Open at a glance

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) -- A glance at the first round Thursday of the British Open at Royal Portrush:

July 18, 2019Three groupings to watch in British Open second round

Unheralded American J.B. Holmes will take a one-shot lead into the second round of the 148th British Open with a host of big names looking to make a move, while Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods face a fight to avoid missing the cut. -- England's Fleetwood heads into the second round just two shots off

July 18, 2019'I want to punch myself in the face': Rory McIlroy's homecoming from hell dooms his Open hopes on day one

A day Royal Portrush will never forget; a day Rory McIlroy will never want to remember.  “Inexcusable” was the word he used to describe the shameful missed tiddler on the 16th, but for those who take these things personally and patriotically, it seemed to sum up McIlroy’s entire performance. As superbly

July 18, 2019Tiger and Rory Struggle, While Koepka Lurks Yet Again at the Open

Tiger and Rory are in jeopardy of missing the cut at Royal Portrush, while Brooks Koepka is in the hunt at yet another major. Here’s a look at an unexpected leaderboard after the first round of the 2019 British Open.

July 18, 2019Tiger Woods' Open first round hampered by back issue - Masters triumph already feels like an age away

Tiger Woods insisted he would be back out for the second round of the Open, but the way he grimaced and talked about how “sore” he was raised fresh doubts about how many more major championships he will be able to grace with his presence. Woods, the resurrected Masters champion, is in trouble with his

July 18, 2019Key hole in first round of British Open

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) -- A look at the key hole Thursday in the first round of the British Open at Royal Portrush:

July 18, 2019Ryder Cup quartet keep Open pressure on as America threatens clean sweep

In the absence of the Ryder Cup this summer, patriots can instead crank up the rivalry between Europe and America at Royal Portrush, where the noisy visitors are threatening to take their first clean sweep of majors since 1982. On Thursday, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood

July 18, 2019Holmes heads the pack

J.B. Holmes shook off a recent slump to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. (Getty Images)

July 18, 2019Brooks Koepka overcomes torrential rain to make ominous Open start: 'It doesn't faze me - it makes it more interesting'

It was that Brooks Koepka seemed so utterly underwhelmed by a round of 68 which felt so ominous.  The only blot on a scorecard that would have thrilled most of the field had come following a wayward drive at the 17th but this was otherwise another exhibition of percentage, power golf that saw him birdie

July 18, 2019Under-the-radar Lowry moves into spotlight at British Open

The buzz among the locals at Royal Portrush has been all about Northern Irish natives Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell this week, so Shane Lowry felt like he came into his ''home'' British Open a little under the radar. A guy from across the Irish border was in second

July 18, 2019Under-the-radar Lowry moves into spotlight at British Open

The buzz among the locals at Royal Portrush has been all about Northern Irish natives Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell this week, so Shane Lowry felt like he came into his "home" British Open a little under the radar. "Obviously not now," Lowry said. A guy from across

July 18, 2019Like Every Major These Days, the Open Turns Into Brooks Koepka vs. the World

Another major, another charge up the leaderboard for Brooks Koepka, who is firmly in the hunt after shooting a three-under 68 on Thursday. He may not win at Portrush, but he isn't going away either.

July 18, 2019Father time takes hold on tame Tiger

Tiger Woods admitted age and a troublesome back will make competing for more major titles all the more difficult after shooting a seven-over par opening round at the British Open on Thursday. Woods captured the world's attention by winning his 15th major at the Masters in April and his first for

July 18, 2019Who's saying what at the British Open

Rory McIlroy endured a disastrous day in front of his home fans as the British Open returned to Northern Ireland after a 68-year absence on Thursday, while Tiger Woods is also facing a battle to make the cut. -- McIlroy tries to see the lighter side after carding an eight-over 79, including a first-hole

July 18, 2019The Latest: Woods 'sore' and not moving well at British Open

Tiger Woods says he was ''sore'' during his round of 78 at the British Open and wasn't moving as well as he did in winning the Masters in April. Tiger Woods puffed out his cheeks and looked glum after bogeying the last hole for a 7-over 78, his worst opening round at a British Open

July 18, 2019The Latest: Woods 'sore' and not moving well at British Open

Tiger Woods says he was "sore" during his round of 78 at the British Open and wasn't moving as well as he did in winning the Masters in April. Woods had four back surgeries in a span of about three years to 2017. Tiger Woods puffed out his cheeks and looked glum after bogeying the last

July 18, 2019McIlroy, Woods endure nightmare starts as Holmes takes Open lead

Home favourite Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods both endured dreadful starts to the British Open on Thursday, while American JB Holmes claimed the lead as the championship returned to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. Organisers the R&A are anticipating the second-biggest ever Open attendance

July 18, 2019The Jim Rome Show: Rex Hoggard talks Rory McIlroy

Golf writer Rex Hoggard calls Jim Rome to discuss Rory McIlroy's first-round performance in The Open Championship.

July 18, 2019JB Holmes leads the Open as nightmare days for Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods leave them out of contention

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods took the headlines on the opening day of the Open at Royal Portrush - but not for reasons anyone would have expected. McIlroy's day was a disaster from the off, taking eight at the first hole for a quadruple-bogey he never recovered from. The Northern Irishman finished

July 18, 2019Thorbjornsen, Bhatia eliminated on upset-filled day at U.S. Junior

Thursday was a day filled with upsets at the U.S. Junior Amateur, including those of Michael Thorbjornsen and Akshay Bhatia.

July 18, 2019Four key moments from the first round of the British Open

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods toiled as wind and rain lashed down on the opening round at Royal Portrush in the first British Open held in Northern Ireland for 68 years. After steadying the ship to reach the 16th just three over, worse was to come for McIlroy as he missed a gimmie putt to double bogey

July 18, 2019Pettersen, in first start back on tour, among those to MC at Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Suzann Pettersen and Catriona Matthew were among big-name teams that didn’t make the cut Thursday at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland, Mich

July 18, 2019Column: McIlroy fizzles in home Open debut

The opening tee shot Rory McIlroy could live with, even after it went out of bounds and shattered the screen of a woman's mobile phone. McIlroy was still kicking himself for that when he made another mess on the 18th hole to cap a day that went horrendously wrong for the hometown hero — and likely

July 18, 2019A bad swing, a big mistake and a 14 for Duval at Portrush

David Duval lost a few golf balls on his own Thursday in the British Open. It's one that was found that brought him the wrong kind of attention with a score of 14 on one hole and a 91 when he walked off Royal Portrush. ''Just one of those God-awful nightmare scenarios that happened today

July 18, 2019A bad swing, a big mistake and a 14 for Duval at Portrush

David Duval lost a few golf balls on his own Thursday in the British Open. It's one that was found that brought him the wrong kind of attention with a score of 14 on one hole and a 91 when he walked off Royal Portrush. "Just one of those God-awful nightmare scenarios that happened today,"

July 18, 2019The Open Championship 2019: Tiger Woods is playing poorly and it's stressing us all out

The Open Championship is not going well for Tiger Woods. He said he wasn't sharp coming in, and it's showing at Royal Portrush.

July 18, 2019Former champion Duval hits worst British Open round for 22 years

David Duval hit the worst round at the British Open for 22 years on Thursday after carding a 14 on the par-five seventh to languish at the bottom of pack on 20 over par at Royal Portrush. Duval's Open win in 2001 ensures he is invited back as a former champion despite his world ranking plummeting

July 18, 2019Chamblee: McIlroy's disastrous Open start? 'The word is choking'

After Rory McIlroy's disastrous start Thursday at The Open, Brandel Chamblee did not mince words.

July 18, 2019Want a real insight into the minds of the world's best golfers? Head to the Open practice ground

Miguel Ángel Jiménez pulled his trademark cigar from his mouth, and placed it into the custom-made holder that is part tee and part sculpted golf ball. The tinted aviator sunglasses, however, stayed firmly on as the 55-year-old reigning Senior Open champion began a flamboyant warm-up routine of squats

July 18, 2019Rahm's Irish luck continues with opening 68 at Royal Portrush

Given Jon Rahm’s history on links courses in Northern Ireland, it was no surprise to see the Spaniard in the hunt after Day 1 of The Open.

July 18, 2019Disastrous start leaves McIlroy fighting to make Open cut

Rory McIlroy conceded his dreams of winning the British Open on home soil in Northern Ireland are all but over after a disastrous eight-over-par first round on Thursday. McIlroy regained his composure to get back to three over par before an equally damaging finish as a double bogey at the 16 and triple

July 18, 2019Neither weather nor performance surprise Open leader Holmes

When J.B. Holmes walked off the course with the first-round lead, having shot 66, he was asked if he had ever before experienced weather quite like this. In fact, he had. At this course.

July 18, 2019Rory McIlroy's Portrush Homecoming Gets Off to a Disastrous Start

It’s unclear if Rory McIlroy felt the pressure of playing in his home country during his opening-round 79 at Portrush. Either way, it’s a painful disappointment for the native son.

July 18, 2019TT Postscript: Ugly start, similar finish as Tiger digs big hole

After an opening 78, it will be ridiculously difficult for Tiger Woods to make the cut at The Open.

July 18, 2019Woods on sore back: 'Just the way it's gonna be'

Tiger Woods signed for a 7-over 78 and admitted to feeling soreness in his fused lower back.

July 18, 2019Rory McIlroy Stumbles His Way to 8-Over 79 in British Open First Round

Northern Ireland native Rory McIlroy entered The Open Championship as the favorite but dug himself quite a divot out of the gate. He quadruple bogeyed the first hole and finished the round +8. Golf analyst Ryan Asselta assess Rory's rough start.