2017

  • Seve's lost Birkdale interview

    Written by John Huggan on Sunday, 23 July 2017

    When Seve Ballesteros won his first major title in the 1979 Open at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, he was just 22-years-old. If Jordan Spieth can hold on to his 54-hole lead at Royal Birkdale on Sunday he will become the youngest winner since Seve (38 years later!), but at 23-years-old won’t surpass his record. His maiden major victory came three year's...

  • The Open: Jordan Spieth leads by three shots after 54-holes

    Written by Rob Jerram on Saturday, 22 July 2017

    Jordan Spieth fired a flawless 65 in perfect scoring conditions as the 23-year-old American closed in on a wire-to-wire Open Championship success at Royal Birkdale.  It was a day when South Africa’s Branden Grace grabbed the headlines, taking full advantage of benign conditions to unwittingly make the first 62 in Major history. Latest News:  Branden Grace breaks major scoring record Open Leaderboard...

  • The Open Day 3: How the British & Irish players fared

    Written by Michael Catling on Saturday, 22 July 2017

    Britain’s hopes of a home winner look all-but over after Rory McIlroy’s quest for major glory faded in the sunshine on moving day at the 146th Open Championship. On a record-breaking day at Royal Birkdale, McIlroy briefly got to within two shots of leader Jordan Spieth with three birdies in his first five holes, including a chip-in on the par-3 4th. Latest...

  • The Open in Numbers: Day 3

    Saturday, 22 July 2017

    We love crunching numbers at TG, especially when you can compare your stats with the best golfers on the planet.  So, while you may not average 334 yards off the tee this weekend or set any major championship scoring records, there's a chance you can take pride in not being the one person we heard shout 'mashed potato' after a Kuchar...

  • Branden Grace breaks major scoring record with 62

    Written by Camilla Tait on Saturday, 22 July 2017

    Branden Grace made history at Royal Birkdale by breaking the major championship scoring record and carding the first-ever 62 in the third round of the 146th Open.  Walking up the middle of the fairway on the 18th hole, having just had back-to-back birdies, Branden Grace's caddie Zack Rasego knew he was on the verge of making history. Grace however, was none...

  • Shaun Norris posts 65 as early conditions brings big moves

    Saturday, 22 July 2017

    Shaun Norris was the first of the early morning, and by 1pm he'd already posted a five-under 65 to get back to level par and in a tie for 10th.  There's barely a breath of wind in comparison to the first couple of days at Royal Birkdale, and the conditions are bringing with it some incredibly low scores.  Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood...

  • The Open in Numbers: Day 2

    Written by Michael Catling on Saturday, 22 July 2017

    We love crunching numbers at TG, especially when you can compare your stats with the best golfers on the planet. So, while you may not average 316 yards off the tee this weekend, see if you can avoid shooting 47 on the back nine or running up a nine (or worse) on just one hole. But even if you don’t,...

  • Ian Poulter in contention at Royal Birkdale

    Written by Kevin Brown on Friday, 21 July 2017

    Ian Poulter is just three-shots back and is firmly in contention during the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.  It's been a season of ups and downs, but ever since it became clear Poulter had regained his tour card, he has shown that he has re-discovered his fire and confidence in his game. Today was no different. Given that he is only in...

  • Spieth holds two-shot lead at The Open

    Written by Camilla Tait on Friday, 21 July 2017

    Jordan Spieth followed his first round 65 with a 69 to tie the lowest ever 36-hole score in an Open at Royal Birkdale The majority of the field struggled in Friday’s tough conditions, but Jordan Spieth prevailed in the wind and rain to gain a two-shot advantage over the rest of The Open field at the midway stage. Just nine players remain...

  • The Open Day 2: How the British & Irish players fared

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 21 July 2017

    Rory McIlroy stormed into contention on day two of the Open Championship to ignite his hopes of a fifth Major title and a first victory in 10 months at a windy and wet Royal Birkdale. McIlroy, 27, was 400/1 to win with some bookmakers after bogeying five of his first six holes yesterday, but he played the same holes in eight...

  • Mark O'Meara signs off at his final Open

    Written by Kevin Brown on Friday, 21 July 2017

    American veteran Mark O'Meara completed his emotional final walk up the 18th hole of an Open championship, and signed his final score-card at Royal Birkdale.  Although the 60-year-old failed to make the cut, he still completed the first two rounds of his 31st Open Championship at the scene of his memorable 1998 triumph - a place that could not have been...

  • Paul Waring blog round two: The inside story of The Open at Royal Birkdale

    Friday, 21 July 2017

    Open Diary Round 2: England's Paul Waring reveals what it's like to play in the second round of The Open in tougher conditions TG Exclusive: We've teamed up with English professional golfer Paul Waring this week as he gives us daily updates on what it's like to be playing at Royal Birkdale this week in the 146th Open.  About Paul: The former...

  • Paul Waring blog round one: The inside story of The Open at Royal Birkdale

    Thursday, 20 July 2017

    Open Diary Round 1: England's Paul Waring reveals what it's like to play in the first round of The Open   TG Exclusive: We've teamed up with English professional golfer Paul Waring this week as he gives us daily updates on what it's like to be playing at Royal Birkdale this week in the 146th Open.  About Paul: The former English Amateur...

  • The Open Day 1: How the British & Irish players fared

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 20 July 2017

    Rory McIlroy recovered from a disastrous start to stay within touching distance of the leaders on a dramatic first day of the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale. The world No.4, who has missed three cuts in his last four events, had urged fans to “bet on him” to win this week, but one spectator had already torn his betting strip in...

  • Spieth, Koepka & Kuchar share lead on day one at The Open

    Written by Camilla Tait on Thursday, 20 July 2017

    American trio Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar hold a share of the lead on day one, carding the first 65’s during an Open at Royal Birkdale since 1998. Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka were among those to start in the cold and windy conditions during the first morning of the 146th Open, but despite having the harder side of...

  • Jordan Spieth on his 65: "I'd call it a top five major round"

    Written by Camilla Tait on Thursday, 20 July 2017

    Jordan Spieth had an opening round of 65 to set the early clubhouse lead with Brooks Kopeka at five-under-par, and said it was one of his top five major rounds.  In fact, of the five Open's the 23-year-old has played it was actually one of Spieth's best ever rounds - equalling the 5-under 67 he shot during the opening round at...

  • Picking the Open winner is anybody's guess

    Written by Kevin Brown on Thursday, 20 July 2017

    It’s got to be the most open of Opens of them all and that’s all 146 of them. Trying to predict the winner at Birkdale this week is something of a hazardous, many would say impossible task. No wonder the bookies, not exactly known for their generosity, are offering to pay out for the top eight, or ten players even. In...

  • Open 2017: Latest Updates

    Written by Kevin Brown on Thursday, 20 July 2017

    We're bringing you all the latest headline news from day two of The Open 5pm update: Horrific conditions come in, but Richard Bland gains share of lead as Koepka drops back While Justin Thomas was carding a quadruple-bogey nine on the par-four sixth after taking five shots to get out of the rough, Richard Bland was ignoring the torrential downpours and wind...

  • Paul Waring Blog Day 3: The inside story of The Open at Royal Birkdale

    Written by Paul Waring on Wednesday, 19 July 2017

    Open diary Day 3: England's Paul Waring reveals what it's like to play in The Open   TG Exclusive: We've teamed up with English professional golfer Paul Waring this week as he gives us daily updates on what it's like to be playing at Royal Birkdale this week in the 146th Open.  About Paul: The former English Amateur champion has been plagued...

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