July

  • Inbee Park chasing history at St Andrews

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Thursday, 1 August 2013

    Inbee Park suffered a late blip after a blistering start at the Ricoh Women's British Open, as she bids to make history with a fourth consecutive major win. The world number one from South Korea could become the first golfer, male or female, to win four professional majors in the same year. Park finished her opening round at St Andrews on three under...

  • Fantasy Golf: WGC Bridgestone Invitational preview

    Written by Kit Alexander on Tuesday, 30 July 2013

    There are a big couple of big tournaments on the horizon for the Today’s Golfer Fantasy Golf game as this week's double-weighted WGC Bridgestone Invitational is followed by the triple-weighted USPGA Championship next week. The Bridgestone Invitational continues at long-time home Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The South Course is a par-70 that can stretch to a whopping 7,400 yards. Forty-eight of the top 50 players in...

  • Mark Wiebe finally defeats Bernhard Langer for Senior Open

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Monday, 29 July 2013

    They battled from dawn until dusk and then dawn again before Mark Wiebe finally overcame Bernhard Langer on the fifth sudden-death play-off hole to win the Senior Open at Royal Birkdale. After play had been halted because of darkness following two extra holes on Sunday, the tournament carried over to a fifth day. Both seniors showed no signs of letting up when...

  • Michael Hoey roars to Russian Open glory

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Monday, 29 July 2013

    Michael Hoey won the Russian Open by four shots to secure his fifth European Tour title and put his success down to his improved putting. The 34-year-old from Belfast, who was five clear going into the final round, carded a two-under-par 70 near Moscow to finish on 16 under. Hoey’s advantage was reduced to two shots on the back nine but a...

  • Brandt Snedeker takes Abbey Road to Canadian Open

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Monday, 29 July 2013

    Brandt Snedeker kept his patience and poise to win the Canadian Open by three shots and put himself firmly in the driving to become the first man to retain the FedExCup. After an eventful Saturday that featured a weather delay, the overnight leader Hunter Mahan withdrawing, and loads of low scores, Glen Abbey was a different beast for the final round. Gusty...

  • Phil Mickelson faces £1m loss on Scottish winnings

    Written by Jake O'Reilly on Wednesday, 24 July 2013

    Newly crowned Open champion Phil Mickelson is facing a ludicrous £1m tax bill on his winnings from The Open and the Scottish Open, it has been revealed. K. Sean Packard, an expert in tax planning for professional athletes, revealed in a a forbes.com article that  the American faces the massive bill on his Scottish winnings, that will tally up to 61%...

  • Fantasy Golf: RBC Canadian Open preview

    Written by Kit Alexander on Tuesday, 23 July 2013

    There's no let up after a thrilling Open Championship as the Today’s Golfer Fantasy Golf game continues with the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour. The tournament returns to Glen Abbey GC, in Oakville, Ontario, for the 26th time. The 7,253-yard par 72 layout last hosted in 2008-2009. The course is a classic tree-lined design with plenty of elevation change and...

  • Lefty's win hits bookies to the tune of £8m

    Written by Kevin Brown on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    Phil Mickelson was heavily backed ante-post where he teed off at Muirfield as a 25/1 shot, and along with his final round 66 it has cost Ladbrokes just over £8 million in payouts to winning punters. Mickelson also touched 20/1 during in-play betting at the start of Sunday's play. And after Lee Westwood's latest major setback the firm now make him odds-on...

  • Phil Mickelson masters Muirfield to win The Open

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    Elated and jubilant Phil Mickelson said winning The Open was something he would "always cherish as the most fulfilling win” of his brilliant career. Lefty mastered Muirfield after a brilliant final round of 66, keeping his head while all around him players were losing theirs; overnight leader Lee Westwood once again denied by the American as he was in 2010 at...

  • Tiger Woods rues cold putter as Open bid fails

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    Tiger Woods resigned himself to his fate after missing out on The Open he desperately wanted to land but couldn’t force into his hands. Starting the day one under, Woods never advanced his score, instead falling back and pushing hard to recover as first playing partner Adam Scott and then Phil Mickelson forged ahead of him. His 74 (+3) pushed Woods back...

  • Sparkling Swede just misses out on Open history

    Written by Kevin Brown on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    Super Swede Henrik Stenson admitted he was caught napping by Open champion Phil Mickelson’s late birdie surge. “That was a bit sneaky of Phil,” joked Stenson who had to settle for second spot on level par, three shots adrift of the American after carding a gritty final round 70. He added: “I looked up at the scoreboard on 17 and suddenly realised...

  • Lee Westwood's Open challenge peters out

    Written by Kevin Brown on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    Lee Westwood’s long wait to win a major goes on… It was not to be for Westy this afternoon as he struggled to maintain his earlier blistering form, once again failing to cope with the pressures and expectation of getting over the winning major line. Once again it was a case of so-near-but-so-far for the 40-years-old Englishman who went into the final...

  • Ian Poulter finishes the Open in style

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    Ian Poulter produced the sensational final day charge that swept him through the chasing pack to lead The Open in the clubhouse at +1 – and then face an agonising wait to see if it would be enough. Poulter’s brilliant four under par 67 saw him surge through at Muirfield – as overnight leader Lee Westwood fell back into the chasing...

  • Amateur victor following in Luke Donald's tracks

    Written by Kevin Brown on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick took time off baby-sitting duties to comfortably and deservedly pocket the amateurs Silver Medal. The 19-year-old often earns himself a bit of extra much needed pocket money by looking after a couple of youngsters belonging to a member of his golf club. A local qualifier from Gullane No.1, the youngster had the golfing week of his life to make the cut...

  • It's just a matter of time

    Written by Kevin Brown on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    R&A Rules supremo David Rickman claims they haven’t been 'trigger happy' by putting players on the clock in a bid to stamp out slow play at this week’s Open. He stressed: “We're certainly not in the business of unsettling players, but we have our pace of play policy similar to all professional tours for a reason, and that is to get...

  • Lee Westwood is ready for the round of his life

    Written by Kevin Brown on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    It’s D-Day, the moment of truth for Lee Westwood at Muirfield this afternoon. The 40-years-old Englishman goes into the fourth and final round holding a two-shot lead over his playing partner Hunter Mahan (2.10pm) and another American star, 14-times major winner Tiger Woods who tees it up with current Masters champion Adam Scott (2pm), a further shot adfrift. This is Westwood’s big...

  • Paul Lawrie can’t see history repeating at Muirfield but will try

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    Paul Lawrie was at back home in Aberdeen regripping his new set of black Wilson FG Tour Staff irons when he found out he’d made The Open cut at +8 – and duly had to make a two and a half hour dash back south to return to Muirfield. Given his bad opening round of 81, he followed it up with...

  • Phil Mickelson says he can go low and win

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Sunday, 21 July 2013

    Phil Mickelson says he will need a low round in the 60s to win The Open instead of Lee Westwood. Mickelson managed to defeat the Englishman for the Masters in 2010 but knows he has his work cut out to repeat that feat over the troublesome Muirfield links. Lefty is two over par after a 74 on Saturday and still rates his...

  • Pressure? You must be joking - Lee Westwood

    Written by Kevin Brown on Saturday, 20 July 2013

    Lee Westwood is staying cool, calm and collected ahead of arguably the most important 18 holes of his career. After firing a spirited 3rd round 70, Westy goes into the final day of the Open holding a deserved two-stroke lead and he appears to be in a bullish mood and taking everything in his stride. Obviously he’s not yet counting his chickens...

  • "I'm pleased I'm only two shots back" - Tiger Woods

    Written by Graeme Hamlett on Saturday, 20 July 2013

    The promised Tiger Woods ‘Moving Day’ charge never quite materialised but he remains lurking ominously at Muirfield after battling to a one over 72 that left him -1 for the Open and just two behind leader Lee Westwood. Woods was in the zone he used to occupy before the round; focused and oblivious to the attention he was under, although he...

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