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  • Italy's rising starlet shines

    Written by TG staff writer on Thursday, 16 July 2009

    Teenage Italian Matteo Manassero had the time of his young golfing life playing alongside veteran Tom Watson and his idol Sergio Garcia. At sweet 16, Manassero - he automatically qualified after capturing the British Amateur crown - is the youngest Open competitor but was he overawed by being paired with the oldest, the living legend that is Tom Watson, and the...

  • The wonder of Watson

    Written by TG staff writer on Thursday, 16 July 2009

    Tom Watson rolled back the years today and after firing a first round 65 (-5) firmly believes he can clinch his sixth Claret Jug - and his second at Turnberry. "I feel like I'm playing well enough to win the tournament. It doesn't feel a whole lot different from 32 years ago (his last success at Turnberry) except that I don't...

  • Tiger struggles to make impact

    Written by TG staff writer on Thursday, 16 July 2009

    It's fair to say red-hot favourite Tiger Woods was not best pleased with his bitterly disappointing opening effort of 71 (+1). Tiger was clearly not at his best despite winning his previous event (AT&T Championship) and the near-perfect conditions. He only opted to use his driver three times all day and each time miserably failed to find the short stuff. He conceded: "I certainly...

  • Norman's nightmares

    Written by TG staff writer on Thursday, 16 July 2009

    It wasn't a very happy return to Turnberry for Greg Norman who opened his Open account with a six-over-par 77. The 1986 Turnberry champion suffered one disaster after another and for once regular gallery cries of "Come on, Aussie" failed to inspire him. What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago at Birkdale the Great White Shark got off to a flyer, impressively...

  • Watson leads Open as past champions perform well

    Written by TG Features Writer on Thursday, 16 July 2009

    Tom Watson has backed up his confident comments from yesterday by shooting a 65 to lead the Open Championship at Turnberry. The 59-year-old his every fairway and recorded five birdies without a single blemish on his card to lead by one from John Senden, who shot a 66, and David Howell, who stands at -4 through 11 holes. Past champions Mark O'Meara...

  • earlystartersgetidealconditions

    Written by TG staff writer on Thursday, 16 July 2009

    The weather, as always, will play a major role at The Open and the early 1st round starters should have the best of the conditions. The early risers were greeted with perfect golf conditions - warm sunshine with barely a breeze to worry about so getting up at the crack of dawn could well prove a blessing in disguise, a significant...

  • 138th Open Championship gets under way

    Written by TG Features Writer on Thursday, 16 July 2009

    The 138th Open Championship at Turnberry got underway at 6.30am with England's Paul Broadhurst firing the first tee shot of the tournament. Broadhurst found the centre of the fairway with a rescue club, while former US Open champion Michael Campbell laid up short of the bunkers and Mark Calcavecchia found the first cut of rough with a 3-wood. All three started with...

  • Watson believes he has a chance

    Written by TG Features Writer on Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    Thirty-two years on from the legendary 'Duel in the Sun' Tom Watson still believes he can claim a sixth Open Championship crown. The 59-year-old has an enviable record on links courses having won the Open in '75, '77, '80, '82 and '83 and the Senior British Open right here at Turnberry in 2003. When asked if he thought Turnberry was a course where he could...

  • firstdrugtestsatopen

    Written by TG staff writer on Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    Turnberry will break new ground this week - the first drug-testing Open Championship. And one of the first to be tested will be R&A chief executive Peter Dawson. Explained Dawson: "I'll undergo the test tomorow morning because I want to see the process first hand. "We are using the European Tour policy and procedure which involves a selection of players and the drug...

  • Stenson Ready To Roll At Turnberry

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Equipment Editor on Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    Henrik Stenson believes he is better prepared for this year's Open Championship than ever before. The super-cool Swede revealed that he had been in the region for considerably longer than his usual pre-championship routine. "I've been here since Thursday night last week so I've had plenty of time to prepare, play the course three or four rounds in total so that's probably as...

  • garcialookingtobreakmajorsduck

    Written by TG staff writer on Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    Sergio Garcia, one of the big favourites this week, is determined to rid himself of the 'best player never to have won a major' tag - once-and-for-all. "Yes, I'd love to get rid of it for sure," he confirmed before adding: "But I don't know whether that player is me or not and to be honest I don't really care. "I...

  • Ishikawa hopes to make first major cut

    Written by TG Features Writer on Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    Japanese wonderkid Ryo Ishikawa has set his sights on making the cut in his first Open Championship at Turnberry. The 17-year-old sensation will tee off with Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood at 9:09am tomorrow and 2:20pm on Friday. "My goal is to play four days and make the cut and try to make this tournament as wonderful as it is," reveaked the world number...

  • normanreadytorockatturnberry

    Written by TG staff writer on Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    The Great White Shark has put in some serious preparation for his Open challenge which begins tomorow. Veteran Aussie Greg Norman, who finished an impressive third at Birkdale a year ago and in fact triumphed here at Turnberry in 1986, clearly means business again. Norman has been preparing on both sides of the Atlantic and in contrasting conditions which could well work...

  • Sandy Lyle Tunberry Open Championship

    Written by TG staff writer on Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    The Open is here again; and so it must be time for Sandy Lyle to find himself in hot soup again. It seems every year the Open comes around the two-time major champion has to apologise for something. Last year at Royal Birkdale he pulled out of the championship after nine holes because he had injured his wrist, but his stumbling...

  • mcilroy open 2009

    Written by Today's Golfer on Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    Rory McIlroy reckons he has the game to win this year's Open championship at Turnberry but knows he has to stay patient. The talented 20-year-old has already fin ished the first two Majors of the year in the top 20 and is hoping to have another good showing when the action starts tomorrow. He said: "There's a part of me that knows I...

  • caseycancopewithopenpressure

    Written by TG Staff Writer on Tuesday, 14 July 2009

    Paul Casey is confident he can deal with the pressure of being Britain's best bet for Open glory this week. Having won on three different continents this year, Casey is the second highest ranked player in the field behind you-know-who but that's something that doesn't bother him in the slightest. He commented: "It's exciting to be the second highest ranked player here...

  • Turnberry Weather Forecast

    Written by TG Staff Writer on Tuesday, 14 July 2009

    The Open Championship has become infamous for some pretty testing weather conditions over the years. Downpours and wind can make for great drama when you're watching on the sofa at home but everyone in attendance will be praying for sunshine. You can find out whether you need to pack the sun screen or an umbrella by clicking on the weather icon below. If you can see...

  • Singh pulls out of The Open

    Written by Golf World on Tuesday, 14 July 2009

    India's Jeev Milkha Singh has become the seventh player to pull out of The Open. He had hoped the torn intercostal muscle he suffered at the European Open in May would not stop him playing, but after practising decided that it was better to rest. Singh said: "When I went out yesterday to play 18 holes, it was hurting. When I was taking...

  • Open field in full

    Written by Golf World on Tuesday, 14 July 2009

    This is the full list of players competing at Turnberry this week, with details of how they got here: Top 10 players and ties for the 2008 British Open: Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Greg Norman, Jim Furyk, Chris Wood, David Howell, Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Stephen Ames, Steve Stricker, Robert Allenby, Anthony Kim, Ben Curtis. Open champions under age...

  • tigerraringtogoatturnberry

    Written by TG staff writer on Tuesday, 14 July 2009

    The Tiger is back and raring to go again in The Open... After missing last year's championship at Birkdale after undergoing knee surgery, Tiger reports that he's fit and well and looking to claim his first Claret Jug since Hoylake 2006 and his 15th major full stop. In his packed-to-the-rafters press conference in the Media Centre, the world no. 1 re-iterated his...

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