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  • open day two wrap up

    Written by The Open 2011 on Friday, 15 July 2011

    On a sizzling summer's day in Kent the golf at The Open rarely reached boiling point. It was a day of jostling for position and a test of who could keep their cool. There was a certain Northern Irishman who did just that to sit atop the leaderboard. But it wasn't the pre-tournaments favourites of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, but...

  • Westwood and Donald head a host of big names missing the cut at The Open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Friday, 15 July 2011

    Lee Westwood and Luke Donald suffered disappointing weeks at Royal St George's as the English pair both missed the cut in the 140th Open Championship. Hopes had been high that Westwood could finally get a Major victory under his belt this week. He had five top-three finishes in his previous eight Majors but was unable to capitalise on the sunshine and relatively light...

  • weather forecast

    Written by The Open 2011 on Friday, 15 July 2011

    Sunny conditions failed to prompt the type of scoring expected on the second day of The Open at Royal St George's. The wind was not as bad as yesterday and yet the scores were surprisingly subdued. With some big names teetering on the cut line many will be cursing missed chances as the weather forecast for tomorrow is about as appealing as Rupert Murdoch's diary! Winds...

  • Darren Clarke takes clubhouse lead as Tom Lewis slips back

    Written by The Open 2011 on Friday, 15 July 2011

    Darren Clarke shot a second successive 68 to take the clubhouse lead on -4 at Royal St George's. The Northern Irishman's second round had a bit of everything, including a double bogey at the 4th and an eagle at the 7th. He made five birdies including a delightful approach and putt that brought the fans around the 18th green to their...

  • The best stats from round one

    Written by The Open 2011 on Friday, 15 July 2011

    Thomas Bjorn's lead held up for much of the round as he went out in the sixth game of the day at 7:25 a.m. local time. Amateur Tom Lewis competed in the 43rd of the day's 52 games, departing the first tee at 2:32 p.m. local time. When Bjorn finished his round only 84 of the 156 players had started...

  • More great signed Open stuff up for grabs

    Written by The Open 2011 on Friday, 15 July 2011

    Here's another big chance to win some fantastic signed Open Championship memorabilia. It's an easy-to-enter competition and signed items previously up for grabs included a white Open 2011 towel plus a Royal St George's Open 2011 cap signed by the legendary Tom Watson, world no.2 Lee Westwood and major champions Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel, Today's top prize is a replica Open flag signed...

  • lewis leads the open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Thursday, 14 July 2011

    Tom Lewis has admitted he still just wants to make the cut despite a first-round 65 making him the first amateur to lead the Open since Michael Bonallack in 1968. After Thomas Bjorn fired the same score in much tougher conditions in the morning, Lewis came out and rattled off four birdies in a row on the back nine to...

  • Scott Jamieson targets early birdies on Friday after opening 75

    Written by The Open 2011 on Thursday, 14 July 2011

    Scott Jamieson spoke to TG after shooting an opening 75 in his Open Championship debut. "I played well from tee to green but I was disappointed not to make the most of some good chances in the middle of the round. Then I had some bad bogeys at 12, 13 and 14, which was very disppointing. "It's great to be here and...

  • round one snippets

    Written by The Open 2011 on Thursday, 14 July 2011

    Many of the main contenders were joslting for position in round one of The Open at Royal St George's and some were certainly happier than others. Ian Poulter shot a steady 69 and is currently one under, four behind Great Dane Thomas Bjorn. Poulter said: "It would have been disappointing to have finished over par today wiith the shots that I executed.

  • Bjorn holds clubhouse lead with opening 65

    Written by The Open 2011 on Thursday, 14 July 2011

    Thomas Bjorn shot a fantastic 65 in the opening round of the 140th Open Championship to hold the clubhouse lead on five under par. The Dane famously came close to winning the Claret Jug the last time the tournament was held at Royal St George's in 2003 before his challenge was halted by a double bogey at the 16th. But that tricky par...

  • Bjorn takes lead

    Written by The Open 2011 on Thursday, 14 July 2011

    Thomas Bjorn has got off to a great start at Royal St George's as he attempts to lay the ghosts of 2003 to rest. Bjorn was leading The Open when it last came to the Kent course until the 16th hole on the final day. After getting stuck in a bunker he lost out to Ben Curtis. But his bid for...

  • Win more great signed Open stuff...

    Written by The Open 2011 on Thursday, 14 July 2011

    Here's another big chance to win some fantastic signed Open Championship memorabilia. First up for grabs in our daily, easy-to-enter Open competition was a signed Royal St George's Open 2011 cap signed by a host of players including the legendary Tom Watson, world no.2 Lee Westwood and major champions Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel, this year's Masters winner. Today's top prize is a...

  • Kaymer believes tricky par putts are the key

    Written by The Open 2011 on Wednesday, 13 July 2011

    Reigning US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer has pin-pointed the shots he believes hold the key to success at Royal St George's this week. "I think the key shots this week are going to be those six to 10-footers for par that you have to save," the German said in his Wednesday press conference. "You will miss greens and you will have some...

  • Ben on the track to more Open glory?

    Written by The Open 2011 on Wednesday, 13 July 2011

    American Ben Curtis is determined to prove he's not a one hit Open wonder. Curtis is hoping that history will repeat itself this week at Royal St George's where he held aloft the Claret Jug eight years ago. Rank outsider Curtis was a shock winner at Sandwich in 2003 and is quietly confident about his chances this time round though obviously the...

  • What the Open weather will be doing

    Written by The Open 2011 on Wednesday, 13 July 2011

    The Open Championship is the oldest golf tournament in the world and nothing challenges the pro's more than a Links course such as Royal St Georges. Weather can make or break a champion, look at reigning champ Louis Oosthuizen who last year at St Andrews could not believe his luck when the wind dropped off allowing him to post a...

  • Win signed Open Championship items

    Written by The Open 2011 on Wednesday, 13 July 2011

    Here's your big chance to win some fantastic signed Open Championship memorabilia. For the next four days, starting today, you've a chance to win one of four super prizes/items signed by the game's top players. First up for grabs in our daily, easy-to-enter Open competition is a signed Royal St George's Open 2011 cap signed by a host of players including the...

  • Scottish Open ace Scott Jamieson's Open diary blog

    Written by The Open 2011 on Wednesday, 13 July 2011

    It's going to be a memorable Open Championship for Scott Jamieson who grabbed the final qualifying place at last week's Scottish Open.  And, starting here today, the promising young Scot gives you a blow-by-blow account of his Royal St George's exploits...   I'm still on cloud nine after qualifying for my first Open after finishing third at the Barclays Scottish Open last...

  • Rory prepared to triumph again - his way

    Written by The Open 2011 on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

    Rory McIlroy steadfastly defended his low-key Open Championship preparations. The reigning US Open champion visited Royal St George's last week, missed last week's rain-affected Scottish Open and played nine holes with his dad at Royal County Down last night. He smiled: "After what happened in Scotland, I'm quite relieved I decided to give it a miss! "I've prepared the same way for the...

  • Donald eyeing Major victory

    Written by The Open 2011 on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

    World number one Luke Donald admitted that winning a Major championship this year would be the perfect complement to topping the world rankings. Donald, who was in sublime form on his way to victory at last week's rain-affected Scottish Open, also said that becoming officially the world's best player had had no impact on his hopes for a maiden Major win. "I...

  • Lefty goes back to links basics

    Written by THe Open 2011 on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

    Phil Mickelson is adopting a "fresh start" to links golf as he bids to end his Open Championship nightmares at Royal St George's this week. 'Lefty' has had precious little luck and success on these shores in the past and during his press conference today declared: "I'm not worrying about past performances, I'm making a fresh start. "I'm trying to learn the challenges...

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