2018

  • Johnson, Fleetwood and McIlroy make big moves up the leaderboard on Friday morning

    Friday, 20 July 2018

    Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy were among the players to score well in much damper, dreicher conditions during Friday morning. The persistent rain and cold made for softer fairways and slower, receptive greens – a combination that seemed to suit course record holder Tommy Fleetwood as he cruised to a bogey-free six-under 65 during the second round of the...

  • 10 things you can buy from The Open shop

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 20 July 2018

    Sometimes even the best golfers in the world can't resist buying some Open memorabilia. Others do it out of neccessity. Just ask Tommy Fleetwood. He forget to pack an umbrella, and had to pop by the merchandise tent before his round and pick up an Open brolley (£40) - along with 749 other people on Friday (according to the shop assistants). They've...

  • WATCH: Sergio hits 410 yard drive into burn - and then hits out of it!

    Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Sergio Garcia hit a 410 yard drive on the 10th hole at Carnoustie... in to the burn. And then he got in it and hit out.  In a Jean Van de Velde-esq moment, Sergio Garcia got in to the Barry Burn at Carnoustie and contemplated hitting his shot out of it.  Only unlike Van de Velde, Garcia actually followed through with his...

  • The Open: 10 things you may have missed during round one

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 19 July 2018

    From DJ and Sergio's Van de Velde moments to Paul Lawrie's protege and Rory's wacky shoes, here are 10 things you may have missed from day one at The Open.  You’ve probably already heard about Jhonattan Vegas needing a helicopter to make his tee time, but there were plenty of other weird and wonderful stories on day one of The Open.  1.

  • The Open: 2nd Round Tee Times

    Thursday, 19 July 2018

    The Open: Second Round Tee Times  Notable tee times include: Full list of second round tee times 06:35 Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis 06:46 Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III 06:57 Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis 07:08 Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An 07:19 Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood  07:30 Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker  07:41 Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula...

  • Kevin Kisner takes early lead at The Open after round one; Several big names struggle

    Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Kevin Kisner set the early pace at Carnoustie as the morning starters took advantage of balmy conditions over the Angus links during the first round of the 147th Open Championship.  Kevin Kisner teed off in the eighth group of the day, posting the clubhouse lead early and holding on to it for the rest of the day as the later groups...

  • Could a long-standing Carnoustie record be under threat?

    Written by Kevin Brown on Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Could this be a week of historic and record-breaking scoring at Carnoustie? It certainly looks like it could head that way...  In seven previous Opens at the legendary, ultra demanding, penal and punishing links on the Angus coastline, not one of the seven Champion Golfers of the Year ever triumphed with a score in double-figures under-par. Tom Watson (-9) came the...

  • What you need to know about Erik van Rooyen

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Erik van Rooyen. The name probably didn't ring much of a bell until earlier this month... Unless you watch a lot of the Sunshine Tour and Challenge Tour that is. If you do, you may already know that he’s got two professional wins under his belt and should have had a third at the Irish Open two weeks ago. Russell Knox ultimately...

  • Jhonattan Vegas needs helicopter to make tee time after visa nightmare

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas was all smiles when he began his first round at the 2018 Open Championship – but not for the reason you might think. The three-time PGA Tour winner was simply relieved he hadn’t missed his 10.31am tee time after problems with his visa, passport and flights left him needing a private helicopter just to get to the course...

  • Martin Slumbers explains why the R&A have been testing drivers at The Open

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Martin Slumbers explains why the R&A have been testing drivers from 30 players at the Open; Rory McIlroy weighs in When players arrived at the 147th Open, thirty had received letters from The R&A requesting their drivers for testing at the equipment standards office at Carnoustie’s practice ground by 5pm on Tuesday. The list of randomly selected players included seven major champions,...

  • WIN tickets to The Senior Open in St Andrews with Staysure

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Staysure are giving away 50 pairs of tickets for you to win for The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at St Andrews next week! The next leg of The Staysure Tour will take us to Fife, Scotland, for The Senior Open Presented by Rolex. This is being held at the iconic St Andrews Old Course from 26 to 29 July 2018...

  • Tiger Woods admits The Open is his best chance of winning another major

    Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    Tiger Woods believes The Open is his best chance at winning another major - and not just because it's the next one he plays in.  Tiger Woods is returning to Carnoustie for his first appearance at The Open Championship since 2015, 18 years after winning his first Claret Jug in St Andrews.  The 14-time major champion responded with a smile when asked...

  • Strategy off the tee: The challenge facing players at Carnoustie

    Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    The challenge facing players this week: Some of the World's best talk about the importance of strategy off the tee around Carnoustie  A lot of the talk around Carnoustie at the beginning of the week has revolved around the course conditions, and why it’s been so difficult for some to come up with a set course strategy ahead of the first...

  • How To Watch The 147th Open Championship

    Monday, 16 July 2018

    How To Watch The Open Championship: On Sky, BBC   If you want to watch The Open at Carnoustie – there’s still time to get tickets! (Click here). But if you’re going to be following along on TV and Radio, here’s a run-down of all the coverage you can expect. Sky Sports Golf Sky Sports’ dedicated channel ‘Sky Sports The Open’ returns and...

  • Five things you missed this week: Tournament records, a narrow miss for 59 and a 458 yard drive

    Monday, 16 July 2018

    What you missed this week: Brandon Stone narrowly missed out on the European Tour's first 59; Dame Laura Davies dominated in Chicago; Michael Kim set a tournament-record  at the John Deere Classic and Rickie Fowler was hitting a LONG ball at the Scottish Open Brandon Stone claims Scottish Open title, narrowly misses out of first European Tour 59 Around eight feet stood...

  • How to hit GREAT wedges, with DJ and Claude Harmon III

    Written by Duncan Lennard on Thursday, 12 July 2018

    Claude Harmon has no difficulty pinpointing the moment he knew Dustin Johnson’s wedge game had come of age. “It was last August at the Northern Trust, the first event of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Series,” he recalls. “Dustin was fighting his way back after an injury and loss of confidence, while Jordan had just won the Open. The 18th hole is...

  • Henrik Stenson 'hoping to be fit' for The Open

    Monday, 9 July 2018

    Henrik Stenson has withdrawn from the Scottish Open field this week with an elbow injury, but is hopeful he will be able to play at Carnoustie next week Henrik Stenson followed Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren in withdrawing from the Scottish Open on Monday, announcing that he was suffering elbow problems.  The 2016 Open champion then took to social media to announce...

  • Scoring records, impressive wins, air-shots and more Mickelson madness: 6 Things you missed this weekend

    Monday, 9 July 2018

    6 Things you missed this weekend: New all-time scoring records, impressive victories, unlikely air-shots and more Mickelson madness Russell Knox claimed victory at the Irish Open, but his apple throwing needs work Russell Knox holed two huge, almost-indentical putts on both the 72nd hole and first play-off hole against Ryan Fox to win his first event in two years at the...

  • The Open: Prize Money breakdown

    Monday, 9 July 2018

    The R&A have announced the prize fund for the 147th Open at Carnoustie. Find out below how much each player will earn at the third major of the year. The R&A have announced that the total prize fund for The Open will be $10,500,000, and the Champion Golfer of the Year will take home $1,890,000. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A,...

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