Tour news

  • 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...

  • Wind the key to Westy's Open chances

    Written by The Open 2011 on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

    Lee Westwood is hoping that the wind will be blowing when The Open gets underway at Royal St George's on Thursday. Said the World no.2, seeking to break his majors 'duck' in Kent: "This course is designed with a 15-20mph wind in mind and you don't want it flat calm. "This will put the emphasis on good ball striking though often in...

  • Playing with Westy will raise my game, says Schwartzel

    Written by The Open 2011 on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

    Masters champ Charl Schwartzel is happy to be paired with Lee Westwood in the first two rounds at Royal St George’s as he believes it will make him play better. “It suits me just fine playing with Lee,” said the South African. “I played with Lee in the third round of the Masters. It’s always nice to play with good...

  • Fantasy League: Open Championship preview

    Written by The Open 2011 on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

    The Today's Golfer Fantasy League gets underway this week with the greatest tournament in world golf and the third Major of the season. This year's Open Championship has headed to Royal St George's, Kent, and it's as open as an Open has been for a long time. The course should play somewhat easier that when Ben Curtis won in Sandwich with a score...

  • bjorn in open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

    Thomas Bjorn has been drafted into The Open at Royal St George's as a last-minute replacement for Vijay Singh. The 40-year-old Dane came close to winning the title last time it was at Royal St George's and was delighted to have been given a place in the field. He was leafing in 2003 when he found the greenside bunker on the...

  • Curtis the course conquerer has the edge

    Written by The Open 2011 on Monday, 11 July 2011

    Ben Curtis believes his Open Championship victory at Royal St George’s back in 2003 gives him an edge over the field this week. The American claimed a shock one-shot victory eight years ago and believes that returning to a course where he won the biggest event of his career could snap him out of his current lack of form.

  • Open contenders hone their short-game skills at Royal St George's

    Written by The Open 2011 on Monday, 11 July 2011

    The sun shone at Royal St George’s on Monday and if the warm weather continues the players will need to be at their creative best to combat the lightning-fast greens and run-off areas this week. The importance of getting up and down from a wide range of positions was all too evident today, as a vast majority of players elected to...

  • Donald wins Scottish Open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Sunday, 10 July 2011

    Luke Donald sent out a warning to his Open rivals with a dominant victory at The Scottish Open. The English star showed why he is world number one with a stirring final-round 63 to win by four shots. The event had been cut to three rounds after terrible weather had seen play suspended many times since Friday. The win was Donald's third of the year and...

  • Golf Foundation ready to make mark at The Open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Saturday, 9 July 2011

    Leading charity the Golf Foundation will be able to welcome thousands of youngsters to try golf during next week’s Open Championship at Royal St George’s, thanks to support from The R&A.  As millions watch the championship, the Golf Foundation has a unique opportunity to showcase its ‘Golf Roots’ programme, which encourages children from all backgrounds and circumstances to enjoy golf...

  • rain stops play in scotland

    Written by The Open 2011 on Friday, 8 July 2011

    Graeme McDowell shot a stunning 64 in the second round of The Scottish Open to sit on top of the leaderboard with two other players. He shares the lead with Scottish pair Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford. But play has been stopped with many players still to complete their second rounds, due to thunderstorms and the threat of lightning. Padraig Harrington managed...

  • dyson in open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Friday, 8 July 2011

    Simon Dyson will play in The Open after David Toms withdrew due to a hip injury. Englishman Dyson has won on the European Tour four times and seemed spurred on by the news as he climbed the leaderboard at The Scottish Open. He shot an opening round 68 and continues to close on the leader during his second round at the...

  • westwood leads scottish open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Thursday, 7 July 2011

    Lee Westwood has soared to the top of the leaderboard at The Scottish Open with a stunning, open-round 65. Westwood, who is looking to claim his first Major title at Royal St George's next week, tackled blustery conditions in style and an eagle at the last capped a memorable round. The World No2 already has a good record at The Open and...

  • levet misses opn

    Written by The Open 2011 on Wednesday, 6 July 2011

    Likeable Frenchman Thomas Levet will miss The Open after he fractured his leg during 'lively' celebrations of his French open win. Levet, 42, claimed victory by just one shot and was so elated that he jumped into a lake near the 18th hole. During his celebrations he fractured his shin and has today been told by doctors that will not be able to...

  • Tiger Woods out of Open

    Written by The Open 2011 on Wednesday, 6 July 2011

    Tiger Woods has pulled out of The Open. The former World No1 has announced that his knee injury has failed to heal sufficiently in time, for him to make a comeback at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent, next week. Woods said: "Unfortunately I've been advised not to play in The open. As I stated at the AT&T National, I am only...

  • final open slots handed out

    Written by Golf World on Monday, 4 July 2011

    The Swede Fredrik Jacobson, Dane Thorbjorn Olesen and Americans Harrison Frazar and Charles Howell earned places in the Open Championship on Sunday. Frazar and Jacobsen took the two spots on offer via a mini-money list on the PGA Tour that covered six events, from the Players Championship to the AT&T National. Jacobsen was the highest on the list who was not...

  • watson aologises for french outburst

    Written by Golf World on Monday, 4 July 2011

    Bubba Watson has aologised for his behaviour at the French Open. He told his 153,000 Twitter followers "I hit the shots, not the fans or the tournaments fault". "If I offended anyone I apologise, definitely wasn't my intention." Watson publicly lashed out at fans for taking pictures while he was playing and organisers for a lack of security at the European Tour...

  • watney wins in usa

    Written by Golf World on Monday, 4 July 2011

    Nick Watney won the AT&T National yesterday, moved to No. 10 in the world and to the PGA Tour money list for the first time in his career.  Watney closed with a 4-under-par 66 on a steamy afternoon at Aronimink GC, making three big par saves and three birdies on the front nine to seize control, then holding off a charge by...

  • levet wins french open

    Written by Golf World on Monday, 4 July 2011

    Four years after fearing vertigo might end his career, Thomas Levet has hit a new high and intends to enjoy every minute of it. The 42-year-old from Paris first tried to win the French Open 25 years ago and finally did it when ranked 352nd in the world. It came in nail-biting fashion on the Golf National course near the capital where...

  • open prize money increases

    Written by The Open 2011 on Tuesday, 28 June 2011

    The Open prize fund will reach £5 million pounds for the first time in next month's event at Sandwich. The sum is an increase of £200,000 on last year's 150th anniversary championship at St Andrews. The 2011 champion will pick up a cheque for £900,000 , a rise of £50,000. "Each year the R&A strives to ensure the Open provides...

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