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  • Clarke hot favourite for Sports Personality of the Year

    Written by The Open 2011 on Sunday, 17 July 2011

    The Sports Personality of the Year award is heading to Northern Ireland according to bookies Ladbrokes. Following Darren Clarke's victory in the Open as a 150/1 outsider his odds of landing the gong have been slashed to 5/4 from 100/1. Countryman Rory McIlroy drifts to 5/4 from 1/2 having looked to have the award in the bag following his...

  • Clarke turns up trumps for bookies

    Written by The Open 2011 on Sunday, 17 July 2011

    Darre Clarke is the toast of bookies and his in-play backers tonight according to Ladbrokes.  Clarke was a widely unfancied 150/1 chance pre-tournament and was a fantastic result for the layers who are heralding one of the best Opens in recent years thanks to increased turnover and favourable places. In-play results proved less profitable thanks to Clarke's army of...

  • poor english effort

    Written by The Open 2011 on Sunday, 17 July 2011

    As Northern Ireland watched another of its golfing superstars win a Major golf title, England's best were left nursing their bruised pride. With the World No1 Luke Donald and No2 Lee Westwood missing the cut it was left to the likes of Simon Dyson and amateur Tom Lewis to restore some home-grown pride. But it never really happened. Dyson battled away...

  • Darren Clarke wins the Open Championship

    Written by The Open 2011 on Sunday, 17 July 2011

    Darren Clarke has won the 140th Open Championship by three shots at Royal St George's. The 42-year-old carded a final round of 70 for a -5 total to complete what turned out to be a comfortable victory and continue a fantastic run for Northern Ireland, which has seen the country claim three of the last six Major tournaments. His final round started in fine style...

  • Darren Clarke takes one-shot lead into final round of The Open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Saturday, 16 July 2011

    Darren Clarke has a one-shot lead from Dustin Johnson after 54 holes of the 140th Open Championship at Royal St Goerge's. The Northern Irishman shot a fine 69, which included three birdies and two bogeys, in the third round to take his tournament total to -5. Clarke is bidding to continue a remarkable run for Northern Ireland in recent Majors after Grame McDowell...

  • Showers and 25mph winds forecast for Sunday

    Written by The Open 2011 on Saturday, 16 July 2011

    The latest Met Office predictions indicate that the weather on Sunday won't be quite as bad and the downpours that the early starters had to endure on Saturday. Those players off first on Sunday will will actually have the better of conditions as a cloudly morning with winds of around 25mph will give way to lunchtime gusts up to 35mph and...

  • Tom Watson shows how it's done as scores soar in awful conditions

    Written by The Open 2011 on Saturday, 16 July 2011

    Five-time Open Championship winner Tom Watson rolled back the years again as he defied the horrible conditions to shoot a 72. It was a great round that included birdies at the 7th and 16th in driving rain and 20mph winds. Watson is now +4 for the tournament and held the clubhouse lead late into the afternoon. The quality of the 61-year-old's round was put...

  • 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...

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