PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- For a country long divided, Shane Lowry's victory in the British Open was a reminder of unity and the bonding effect of sports.
This was one island pulling for one man.
"For Ireland, such a small place, it's our 10th major (since 2007), and from a small country we keep producing," said Padraig Harrington, who won ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- What a miserable Sunday at the British Open for American J.B. Holmes. He was in third place after three rounds, having shot a 66, 68 and 69. But he slogged his way to an 87 with one birdie, six bogeys, four double bogeys and a triple bogey in the final round.
He dropped 64 spots down the leaderboard to finish tied ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Irishman Shane Lowry survived whipping winds and driving rain at Royal Portrush to win the British Open on Sunday, the first time his homeland has played host to this storied major championship in 68 years.
The 32-year-old finished at 15-under-par 269 for the tournament after completing the final round at one-over ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Under slate-gray skies, with a passionate crowd cheering his every swing, Irishman Shane Lowry found something Saturday that no one else could:
Daylight. Glorious daylight.
Lowry distanced himself from the field by shooting a 63 in the third round of the British Open. He masterfully worked his way around Royal ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Golfer Kyle Stanley isn't being criticized for what he said -- but for what he didn't.
The controversy concerns something that happened during the second round of the British Open.
First, Stanley accidentally struck a course marshal on the shin with an errant shot on No. 14. Then, on No. 17, Stanley hit a shot ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- The most compelling drama at the British Open on Friday didn't happen at the top of the leaderboard, or anywhere near it.
The heart-thumping, hand-wringing action took place at the cut line, where local hero Rory McIlroy fought gamely to survive for the weekend. He fell just short, however, his six-under-par 65 ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Another major championship, another disappointment for Tiger Woods.
Although he shot a respectable 70 at Royal Portrush on Friday, it wasn't enough to make up for his 78 in the opening round. He was six over par after the first two days of the British Open, well above the projected 1-over cut line.
It marks the ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
Thumbs down for local hero Rory McIlroy either way.
McIlroy, who grew up on Royal Portrush, flopped in the first round of the British Open on Thursday with a quadruple-bogey eight on the first hole, and a triple-bogey seven on the 18th. It was a Limburger sandwich for ...Read more
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. -- When the opening round of the PGA Barbasol Championship got underway at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville on Thursday, it didn't take long to identify the day's main attraction.
Two-time major champion and five-time PGA Tour winner John Daly began the day on hole No. 1 with a sizable fan following that grew into a ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- A lot of golfers struggled at Royal Portrush on Thursday, but no one had a day as lousy as David Duval.
Duval, a past champion who won the 2001 British Open, shot a 20-over-par 91 that included a 14 on the par-5 seventh hole, on which he hit the wrong ball and had to start the hole over.
"Very unique, awful ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- For Rory McIlroy, it's still so surreal.
The golf world has descended on Royal Portrush, a seaside course that played such a prominent role in his childhood, and this beautiful but beleaguered land -- which still bears the scars of domestic terrorism and sectarian strife -- is playing host to the British Open for ...Read more
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Since winning the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach last month, Gary Woodland is getting recognized a lot more in public. But at times, he's still relatively anonymous.
Woodland went to breakfast in Portrush this week with tour veteran Matt Kuchar and decidedly was "the other guy."
"I took about 20 pictures for him," ...Read more
BLAINE, Minn. -- Let's hear it for the kids.
Matthew Wolff, a 20-year-old making his third career PGA Tour start on a sponsor's exemption this week at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, shot a final round 6-under 65 on Sunday to win the inaugural 3M Open at 21 under total.
Wolff, who will cash $1.152 million and earn an automatic berth into PGA Tour ...Read more
BLAINE, Minn. -- Done matriculating and ready to embark on professional careers together, former collegiate stars differing in age and backgrounds posed for a photograph at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago.
Standing side by side, their arms latched together, that captured image just might link Matthew Wolff, Viktor Hovland, Collin ...Read more
BLAINE, Minn. -- Like that double-deck burger's special sauce or the Colonel's 11 herbs and spices, some things just aren't meant to be known, particularly when it comes to professional golf and the science of it all.
And so it goes that brainy Bryson DeChambeau wouldn't say just what changed Friday during a season of struggle after he shot a ...Read more
BLAINE, Minn. -- In Thursday's slanted evening light, after an early-afternoon storm passed and many of the day's star-spangled revelers went home for barbecues and fireworks, fewer than a dozen spectators followed 3M Open first-round leader Scott Piercy home late for the final holes of his 9-under-par 62.
Even the Golf Channel coverage had ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- At the 18 3M Championships held on the Champions Tour, the question asked annually was "Just how low can the players go?" on the TPC Twin Cities' forgiving fairways and big greens.
The world's top-ranked player, Brooks Koepka, arrives for the PGA Tour's first 3M Open wondering optimistically just how difficult it might play ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- When world eighth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau committed last December to the inaugural 3M Open, he did so saying he wanted to meet with company scientists about nanotechnology.
Of course, he did.
"That's the future," he said.
The first notable name to say he would play in the PGA Tour's regular return to Minnesota, DeChambeau ...Read more
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A 24-year-old bartender who died in a car wreck after his shift ended at Tiger Woods' flagship restaurant in Jupiter was drunk, high on marijuana, not wearing a seatbelt and driving a car with faulty airbags, attorneys for the eatery said in court papers filed this week.
Turning the tables on lawyers who are suing The ...Read more
DETROIT -- Nate Lashley wasn't guaranteed a spot in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. As third alternate, Lashley needed positions in the field to open up, and when one did, he seized the opportunity.
Lashley, a 36-year-old Nebraska native and Arizona resident who earned didn't earn his PGA Tour card until 2017, held serve atop the leaderboard on ...Read more
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