2019

  • The Open: Players pay tribute to Royal Portrush

    Written by Michael Catling on Sunday, 21 July 2019

    Sell-out crowds, spectacular views and a course which 'ticked every box'. Why Royal Portrush is a new jewel in The Open's crown. As far as second round auditons go, Royal Portrush delivered a spectacle that left Tiger Woods and many others asking why it had taken The R&A so long to bring The Open back to Northern Ireland. It was a valid...

  • The Open: The best stats from the final round

    Written by Michael Catling on Sunday, 21 July 2019

    All the facts, figures and record-breaking feats from the final round of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. ONE Shane Lowry won by six shots to claim his first major win and the title of Champion Golfer of the Year. He's the only man in history to win his first two PGA Tour titles in a major and WGC, and the...

  • The Open: The seven things you missed...

    Written by Michael Catling on Sunday, 21 July 2019

    Koepka misses out on history Were it not for four consecutive bogeys to start his final round, Brooks Koepka might have departed Royal Portrush as the first player in the modern era to finish third or better in all four majors in a season. Instead, he fell one shot short of history, albeit with an incredible record that now reads second, first,...

  • The Open: Prize Money Breakdown

    Written by Camilla Tait on Sunday, 21 July 2019

    2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry will receive $1.935 million from a total prize fund of $10.75 million for winning the Claret Jug The total purse ($10.750 million) for this year's Open at Portrush has increased by $250,000 from last year, with the Shane Lowry's winner's share also increasing to $1.935 - $45,000 more than Francesco Molinari took home after being crowned...

  • Brooks Koepka: "Nobody has hit it better than me this week"

    Saturday, 20 July 2019

    World No. 1 Brooks Koepka says he has hit the ball as good as he 'could possibly imagine' this week but 'really bad' putting has left him needing a lot of help if he wants to win the Open on Sunday Brooks Koepka was frustrated after he failed to capitalise on the greens at Royal Portrush for a third day in...

  • Tommy Fleetwood looking forward to 'special day' on Open Sunday

    Saturday, 20 July 2019

    Tommy Fleetwood said he is 'very happy to have that challenge' of a final round pairing with Shane Lowry as he heads in to the final round at Royal Portrush four-shots behind  Tommy Fleetwood is relishing the challenge of a final round pairing with third-round leader Shane Lowry as he searches for his maiden major title at the Open Championship on...

  • The Open: Final round tee times

    Written by Michael Catling on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    The 148th Open: Final round tee times Note: Sunday's tee times have been moved forward to 7:32am due to the predicted bad weather, with the leaders going out at 1.47pm 07.32: Ashton Turner +7 07.42: Shubhankar Sharma +6, Kiradech Aphibarnrat +5 07.52: Eddie Pepperell +5, Nino Bertasio +5 08.02: Paul Waring +5, Thorbjorn Olesen +4 08.12: Jason Kokrak +4, Branden Grace +3...

  • Shane Lowry heads in to final round with four shot lead after course-record 63

    Written by Camilla Tait on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    Shane Lowry set a course record of 63 and will take a four shot lead in to the final round of the 148th Open Championship  The atmosphere was a level about europhic when Shane Lowry walked down the 18th fairway to chants of 'ole, ole, ole', and the celebrations continued long after he put the finishing touches on an eight-under par...

  • The Open: The best quotes after round three

    Written by Michael Catling on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    What the players said: From Schauffele's swipe at The R&A and Fowler's love of movies to Koepka's frustrations and Finau's new putting grip... J.B Holmes still didn't feel great after shooting a two-under, 69 “When you're playing with a guy making everything, it feels like you shot a million.” Shane Lowry felt a million dollars after his record-breaking round “That's the most...

  • Kyle Stanley fires back at Robert MacIntyre over 'fore' discussion

    Written by Camilla Tait on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    Kyle Stanley has fired back after Robert MacIntyre criticsed him for not shouting 'fore': "he left out quite a few details. I wouldn't really say that was an accurate description of what happened." Kyle Stanley has said he was 'surprised' by comments made by Robert MacIntyre after the pair were involved in a discussion about shouting 'fore' on Friday, stating that the...

  • The Open: The best stats from round three

    Written by Michael Catling on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    All the facts and figures from Saturday at The Open, including Lowry's record-breaking stats and a bad omen for Fleetwood & Co. ONE The number of birdies made on the par-3 6th, the lowest on any hole. Nearly a quarter of the field hit the green in regulation, but averaged 1.92 putts. THREE Sixteen of the previous 19 Open champions were at/within...

  • Saturday at The Open: Lowry sets course record, Fleetwood in the hunt, Xander slams R&A and Stanley fires back at MacIntyre

    Written by Michael Catling, Camilla Tait on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    All the big talking points from the third round of the Open as Shane Lowry leads by four, Xander Schauffele takes a swipe at The R&A, and Robert MacIntyre's war of words with Kyle Stanley takes another twist... The atmosphere was electric around the 18th green as Shane Lowry two-putted his way to a course record of 63, and will head...

  • Xander Schauffele is first to fail R&A driver test - but his wasn't the only one

    Written by Camilla Tait on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    Xander Schauffele is 'pissed off' with governing body after he became first person to have their driver deemed 'non-conforming' in R&A's random testing at Royal Portrush. And it turns out his wasn't the only one Xander Schauffele had a 'run in' with the governing body after he became the first person to fail the R&A's random driver testing, having been selected...

  • Robert MacIntyre in heated bust-up with Kyle Stanley after Open partner strikes caddie's mum, and fails to shout 'fore'

    Written by Michael Catling on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    A furious Robert MacIntyre confronted playing partner Kyle Stanley during the second round of The Open at Royal Portrush after the American twice hit people in the crowds without shouting 'fore', including his caddie's mother. The Scot, who is making his Open debut this week, was angered when the two-time PGA Tour winner first hit a marshal on the shin with...

  • The Open: Round 3 Tee Times

    Friday, 19 July 2019

    The 148th Open: Third Round tee times 9.35 am: Paul Waring (+1) 9.45 am: Francesco Molinari (+1), Jason Kokrak (+1) 9.55 am: Graeme McDowell (+1), Bubba Watson (+1) 10.05 am: Charley Hoffman (+1), Ashton Turner (+1) 10.15 am: Yosuke Asaji (+1), Andrew Wilson (+1) 10.25 am: Yuki Inamori (+1), Matthew Wallace (+1) 10.35 am: Nino Bertasio (+1), Tom Lewis (+1) 10.45...

  • Rory McIlroy ties low round of the day, misses cut by one

    Written by Camilla Tait on Friday, 19 July 2019

    Rory McIlroy tied the lowest round of the day with a six-under-par 65 on Friday but still came up one shot shy of making the cut at the 148th Open Championship  There was nobody better at Royal Portrush than Rory McIlroy on Friday, but despite putting together the best round of the day the World No.3 is still heading home early...

  • Holmes and Lowry hold 36-hole lead at Open Championship

    Friday, 19 July 2019

    J.B. Holmes and Shane Lowry hold a share of the 36-hole lead heading in to the weekend at The Open as 11 players sit within three strokes    Shane Lowry posted a four-under 67 for the second day in a row to join J.B. Holmes at the top of the Open leaderboard after 36 holes.  Lowry was left playing catch-up as Holmes...

  • Tiger Woods to skip WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational after Open MC

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 19 July 2019

    Tiger Woods: “I just want to go home” Tiger Woods has confirmed he will not be playing the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis after missing the cut at The Open for just the third time in 21 career starts. The 15-time champion shot rounds of 77 and 70 to finish on six-over-par at Royal Portrush, and blamed fatigue as he sought to...

  • The Open: The best quotes after round two

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 19 July 2019

    From Rory's reflections, Hatton's dig and Spieth's rough ride to Rose's lucky caddie and Van Rooyen's choice of trousers, these are the pick of Friday's soundbites from The Open. Tom Lehman paid an emotional tribute to his son, who was caddieing for him, after what is likely to be his last appearance at The Open. Tissues at the ready. “I just...

  • Tom Lehman emotional after likely playing in last Open

    Written by Camilla Tait on Friday, 19 July 2019

    Tom Lehman bid an emotional farewell after likely playing in his last Open Championship If that was to be the final round of Tom Lehman’s Open Championship career, it was a fitting goodbye.  Lehman lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham in 1996, and the former Open winner waved a tearful goodbye as he bowed out early of this year's Championship.  After walking...

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