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Webb Simpson named Keegan Bradley's vice captain for the 2025 US Ryder Cup team

Webb Simpson named Keegan Bradley's vice captain for the 2025 US Ryder Cup team

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 2:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. captain Keegan Bradley has selected Webb Simpson as his first vice captain for the 2025 Ryder Cup. Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open and is a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour. The 38-year-old North Carolinan competed in the Ryder Cup in 2012, 2014 and 2018 and has played in the Presidents Cup three times. Bradley said Simpson is someone he has long admired and respected as a competitor and friend. The Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 26-28, 2025, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. Europe has won 10 of the last 14 competitions.
PGA Tour in Minnesota, Senior British to Carnoustie

PGA Tour in Minnesota, Senior British to Carnoustie

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 8:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

The PGA Tour is heading into the homestretch for the FedEx Cup playoffs. The 3M Open in Minnesota is one of only two tournaments left in the regular season. The leading 70 players in the FedEx Cup qualify for the postseason. Padraig Harrington is among four PGA Tour Champions players who made the cut in the British Open. Now they have the Senior British Open at Carnoustie. That's where Harrington won his first claret jug in 2007. The LPGA Tour is in Canada. LIV Golf gets back to action with an event outside London.
Americans are on a roll again in the major championships

Americans are on a roll again in the major championships

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 8:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Every continent and country goes on big runs in the majors. The Europeans ruled the Masters in during a decade in the 1980s and 1990s. Irish golf had a big run. And now it's the Americans. They have won the last seven majors, the longest streak since Americans won 13 in a row in the mid-1970s. And for the first time since 1982, they have swept the four majors. Laurie Canter remembers his early days of struggle in golf and how Shane Lowry looked after him. Hideki Matsuyama has made 18 consecutive cuts in the majors.
Tiger Woods watches 15-year-old son Charlie shoot a 12-over 82 in US Junior Amateur at Oakland Hills

Tiger Woods watches 15-year-old son Charlie shoot a 12-over 82 in US Junior Amateur at Oakland Hills

Larry Lage, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 4:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Charlie Woods shot a 12-over 82 on Monday in the U.S. Junior Amateur at Oakland Hills. The 15-year-old son of Tiger Woods birdied both of the par 5s on the Oakland Hills North Course but otherwise struggled, making five double bogeys and four bogeys. Woods will have to have quite a turnaround Tuesday on a course known as "The Monster" to be among the low 64 scorers from a field of 264 players from 40 states and 35 countries. He earned his spot in a qualifier last month in Florida.
Mark Carnevale dies at age 64 a week after former PGA Tour winner worked radio at Scottish Open

Mark Carnevale dies at age 64 a week after former PGA Tour winner worked radio at Scottish Open

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 3:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former PGA Tour winner and Sirius XM Radio voice Mark Carnevale has died. The PGA Tour did not disclose a cause of his death Monday. He was 64. Carnevale won the Chattanooga Classic in 1992 and went on be the PGA Tour rookie of the year that season. He made a big career change in 2005 when he joined PGA Tour Radio coverage on Sirius XM. Carnevale most recently worked at the Scottish Open, calling shots from the penultimate group at The Renaissance Club. He was scheduled to work the 3M Open this week in Minnesota.
Schauffele moves into elite category with 2 majors in 2 months

Schauffele moves into elite category with 2 majors in 2 months

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 3:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Xander Schauffele used to get questions about whether he could win the big one. Now he has two majors and his keeping some elite company. Schauffele won the PGA Championship in May in a nail-biter. He won the British Open on Sunday at Royal Troon with a bogey-free 65. He's the first player since Jordan Spieth in 2015 to win his first two majors in the same year. And he's the only player to win two majors in the same year with a 65 in the final round. Next up for Schauffele is to try another Olympic gold medal.
Dunlap becomes first player in PGA Tour history to win as an amateur and a pro in the same year

Dunlap becomes first player in PGA Tour history to win as an amateur and a pro in the same year

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 8:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

became the eighth amateur to win a tour event and the first in 33 years. On Sunday in the only PGA Tour event that uses the modified Stableford scoring system, Dunlap took the lead with a 55-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th. Players receive eight points for a double eagle, five for eagle and two for birdie. A point is deducted for bogey and three for double bogey. Vince Whaley was second.
Xander the Great! Schauffele wins the British Open for his 2nd major this year

Xander the Great! Schauffele wins the British Open for his 2nd major this year

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 5:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Xander Schauffele was the player who couldn't win a major at the start of the year. Now he has two of them. The 30-year-old Californian won the British Open with a masterpiece at Royal Troon. He played bogey-free for a 65 to get his name on the base of that silver claret jug. Schauffele won the PGA Championship in May at Valhalla. He's the first player since 2015 to win his first two majors in the same season. And his victory at Royal Troon gave the Americans a sweep of the four majors for the first time since 1982. Schauffele's 65 ranks among the great closing rounds in British Open history.
Dan Brown's top 10 finish earns him British Open spot for 2025 and nice paycheck

Dan Brown's top 10 finish earns him British Open spot for 2025 and nice paycheck

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dan Brown's mates have been partying this week as the unheralded Englishman dared to challenge for the British Open title. He might finally join them in a drink Sunday after finishing his debut major tournament in a tie for 10th place at Royal Troon. The 29-year-old Brown's performance also earned him qualification to next year's Open, at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, and a paycheck of $317,534. He shot a 3-over 74 with five bogeys on the front nine. He finished on even par, nine shots behind champion Xander Schauffele. On Sunday, he was paired with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.
Billy Horschel laments mistakes at Troon and tips cap to champion Xander Schauffele

Billy Horschel laments mistakes at Troon and tips cap to champion Xander Schauffele

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 3:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Billy Horschel led the British Open by one shot going into Sunday's final round at Royal Troon but it was Xander Schauffele who captured the claret jug. The 37-year-old Horschel's wait for a major championship goes on. He says "I'm disappointed. I had a chance to win a major." A fourth-place finish gets Thriston Lawrence qualified into the Masters next year for the first time. Scotland's Calum Scott who has another year left at Texas Tech won the silver medal as the lowest-scoring amateur.
Chanettee Wannasaen wins LPGA Tour's Dana Open for Children

Chanettee Wannasaen wins LPGA Tour's Dana Open for Children

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 2:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

Chanettee Wannasaen won the Dana Open for Children on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour title, birdieing the final two holes to hold off Haeran Ryu by a stroke. Three strokes ahead of playing partner Ryu entering the round, Wannasaen closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 20-under 264 at Highland Meadows. The 20-year-old Thai player won the Portland Classic last year. Ryu shot 65, also birdieing the final two holes. The South Korean player had six birdies and a bogey on the back nine. Defending champion Linn Grant of Sweden and Ssu-Chia Cheng of Taiwan tied for third at 14 under, each shooting 68. China's Xiyu "Janet" Lin and Mary Liu were 12 under.
Justin Rose 'choking back tears' after Xander Schauffele surges to British Open title

Justin Rose 'choking back tears' after Xander Schauffele surges to British Open title

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 1:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

Justin Rose needed a long putt for par on the 12th hole at Royal Troon to keep pace with Xander Schauffele. The 21-footer looked good and the crowd was ready to erupt. It caught the left side of the cup, though, and lipped out. Rose tossed his putter in the air, catching it on the way down. His British Open dream was dented, and Schauffele surged to the title. Rose's lone bogey of the day dropped him a shot behind Schauffele and two strokes back of then-leader Thriston Lawrence. The 43-year-old Englishman carrying the hopes of the country in search of a champion never caught up. Rose finished tied for second with Billy Horschel on 7-under overall, two shots behind Schauffele.
Mac Meissner holds onto the lead in the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship

Mac Meissner holds onto the lead in the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 8:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mac Meissner held onto the lead in the Barracuda Championship, following a late par save with a tap-in birdie in the only PGA Tour event that uses the modified Stableford scoring system. Meissner had a one-point lead over Vince Whaley, reaching 39 points with 13 in the round delayed about 1 1/2 hours in the afternoon because of lightning. Chad Ramey, tied for sixth with 33, was the only PGA Tour winner in the top eight. Players receive eight points for a double eagle, five for eagle and two for birdie. A point is deducted for bogey and three for double bogey. Meissner got up-and-down from 230 yards for par on the par-5 15th, making a 20-footer. He made a 2-foot birdie putt on 16.
Rianne Malixi of the Philippines wins US Girls' Junior, beating Asterisk Talley in record blowout

Rianne Malixi of the Philippines wins US Girls' Junior, beating Asterisk Talley in record blowout

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 8:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Rianne Malixi of the Philippines won the 75th U.S. Girls' Junior a year after falling in the final, routing Asterisk Talley 8 and 7 in the largest championship-match blowout in tournament history. The 17-year-old Malixi won five straight holes in hot conditions at El Caballero Country Club to take a 7-up lead after 14, was 6 up after 18 and ended it with a par win on the 29th hole. Last year in the final, Kiara Romero beat Malixi 1 up at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Course in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has verbally committed to play at Duke. The 15-year-old Talley, from Chowchilla, California, teamed with Sarah Lim to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball in May.
Shane Lowry lets British Open lead slip away. Si Woo Kim makes hole in one

Shane Lowry lets British Open lead slip away. Si Woo Kim makes hole in one

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 4:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Shane Lowry made a double bogey on the famous "Postage Stamp" eighth hole at Royal Troon and it only got worse for the Irishman. Lowry led the British Open by three shots early Saturday before his day unraveled in the wind and rain. His 6-over 77 left him three shots behind leader Billy Horschel going into Sunday's final round. Meanwhile Si Woo Kim didn't see his ball go in, but he didn't mind. You'll never forget a hole in one at the British Open. Kim's third-round ace was at the par-3 17th hole.
British Open tee times

British Open tee times

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 3:57 p.m.  |  Save Story

Starting times for the final round Sunday in the British Open
Chanettee Wannasaen opens a 3-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour's Dana Open for Children

Chanettee Wannasaen opens a 3-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour's Dana Open for Children

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 3:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

Chanettee Wannasaen opened a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Dana Open for Children, shooting a 5-under 66 at Highland Meadows. A day after finishing with an eagle to take the outright lead, Wannasaen birdied the par-5 18th to reach 16-under 197. The 20-year-old Thai player won the Portland Classic last year for her lone LPGA Tour title. Haeran Ryu of South Korea was second. She birdied the twin closing par 5s in a 65. Defending champion Linn Grant of Sweden was five strokes back at 11 under with Xiyu "Janet" Lin of China and Ssu-Chia Cheng of Taiwan. Grant and Lin shot 70, and Cheng had a 66. Lin is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 15.
British Open '24: How to watch the final round, the favorites and more about golf's oldest event

British Open '24: How to watch the final round, the favorites and more about golf's oldest event

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 3:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

The final men's major of the year is the oldest championship in golf. The British Open dates to 1860. The tournament returns to Royal Troon in Scotland for the 10th time. Billy Horschel has the 54-hole lead by one shot. Two dozen players are separated by six shots. NBC Sports is providing wall-to-wall coverage on its various platforms. At stake is the silver claret jug.
Horschel leads British Open on wild day of rain and big numbers at Royal Troon

Horschel leads British Open on wild day of rain and big numbers at Royal Troon

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 3:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Billy Horschel leads a British Open that featured some of the hardest conditions players can remember. He shot a 69 in a steady rain and a wind that kept the world's best players from reaching some greens on the back nine. Horschel has a one-shot lead over six players. The list includes PGA champion Xander Schauffele and Justin Rose. It also features Thriston Lawrence and Sam Burns. They started 10 shots out of the lead and played the majority of their rounds before the nasty weather arrived. Each shot 65. Scottie Scheffler was two back. Shane Lowry shot 77.
Burns and Lawrence surge into British Open contention. Henley also 1 shot back

Burns and Lawrence surge into British Open contention. Henley also 1 shot back

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 2:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Thriston Lawrence, Sam Burns and Russell Henley have taken advantage of early good weather at Royal Troon to move to within one shot of British Open leader Billy Horschel. Lawrence and Burns started the third round 10 strokes back. The both shot 6-under 65. Henley had a 66. All three are 3 under overall. They cashed in on tranquil conditions early Saturday afternoon before the rain came to become serious contenders for the claret jug. Lawrence says of Sunday's final round he's going to "be aggressive and try to win a golf tournament." Also one shot off the lead are Xander Schauffele, Justin Rose and Daniel Brown.
Sports on TV for Sunday, July 21

Sports on TV for Sunday, July 21

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 1:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

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McIlroy tries to plot how to salvage a season without winning a major

McIlroy tries to plot how to salvage a season without winning a major

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 5:36 a.m.  |  Save Story

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the British Open and he has 265 days until the start of the next major at the Masters. Now he is trying to figure out how to salvage a 10th straight year without a major. There's nothing he can do now but look forward. Maybe a gold medal at the Olympics will fill the void. After that, McIlroy will try to win the FedEx Cup for the fourth time, perhaps add another Race to Dubai. But it's mainly about the four majors. The longer he goes without, the harder it figures to be.
Mac Meissner leads PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship at Tahoe Mountain Club

Mac Meissner leads PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship at Tahoe Mountain Club

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 8:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mac Meissner had eight birdies in a 16-point round Friday to take the second-round lead in the Barracuda Championship, the only PGA Tour event that uses the modified Stableford scoring system. Making his 23rd PGA Tour start, Meissner birdied five of his first seven holes and capped the round with a 17-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth on Tahoe Mountain Club's Old Greenwood layout. Meissner had 26 points for a one-point lead over J.J. Spaun, with players receiving eight points for a double eagle, five for eagle and two for birdie. A point is deducted for bogey and three for double bogey. Spaun had a 13-point day. He won the 2022 Texas Open for his only PGA Tour title.
Shane Lowry keeps calm and carries British Open lead at Troon

Shane Lowry keeps calm and carries British Open lead at Troon

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 6:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Shane Lowry has the British Open lead at Royal Troon after a 69 on a wild day at Royal Troon. Lowry's big adventure was a double bogey on the 11th hole on Friday. He settled himself and made a pair of birdies at the finish to lead by two over Daniel Brown and Justin Rose. But this day is best marked by a bunch of messes. Justin Thomas shot 45 on the front nine. Robert MacIntyre had two triple bogeys through four holes. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy missed the cut. Scottie Scheffler was among five players within five of the lead.
Chanettee Wannasaen closes birdie-eagle to take 1-shot lead in the Dana Open

Chanettee Wannasaen closes birdie-eagle to take 1-shot lead in the Dana Open

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 5:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

Chanettee Wannasaen closed birdie-eagle on Highland Meadows' twin par-5 finishing holes for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the Dana Open for Children. Wannasaen set up the eagle putt on 18 with a 3-wood from 260 yards to 1 1/2 feet. The 20-year-old Thai player took a 11-under 131 total into the weekend. Defending champion Linn Grant of Sweden was a shot back with playing partner Xiyu "Janet" Lin of China. Grant shot 65, and Lin 67. Lexi Thompson capped Lexi Thompson Day at the tournament by making the cu, shooting a 69 after a flyover and emotional opening ceremony. She has said this will be her final season playing a full schedule.
British Open at a glance

British Open at a glance

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 4:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

A brief look at the details from the second round of the British Open at Royal Troon.
Shane Lowry keeps calm and carries British Open lead at Troon

Shane Lowry keeps calm and carries British Open lead at Troon

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 3:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

Shane Lowry has the British Open lead at Royal Troon after a 69 on a wild day at Royal Troon. Lowry's big adventure was a double bogey on the 11th hole on Friday. He settled himself and made a pair of birdies at the finish to lead by two over Daniel Brown and Justin Rose. But this day is best marked by a bunch of messes. Justin Thomas shot 45 on the front nine. Robert MacIntyre had two triple bogeys through four holes. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy missed the cut. Scottie Scheffler was among five players within five of the lead.
Max Homa makes a big putt and finally has something good happen

Max Homa makes a big putt and finally has something good happen

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 3:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Max Homa hasn't shown this much emotion on the golf course since the Ryder Cup. The occasion was making the cut with a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Homa hasn't been playing very well of late and said just making the cut in that fashion made him feel as though something good finally happened. Nine of the top 20 players in the world missed the cut at Royal Troon. Joaquin Niemann looked like he might be one of them. He made an 8 on the par-3 eighth. But he rallied for a 71 and was seven back.
Dan Brown making a name for himself at British Open as a leader at Royal Troon

Dan Brown making a name for himself at British Open as a leader at Royal Troon

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dan Brown had another good day at Royal Troon. The Englishman's 1-over 72 on Friday was enough to stay in the mix at the halfway point of the British Open. He was in a tie for second, two shots behind leader Shane Lowry. Brown couldn't emulate his opening 65, which added him to a long list of surprise first-round leaders at the Open like Christo Lamprecht, Tom Lewis and Hennie Otto. But Friday's workmanlike shift left him at 5 under overall and showed he can stick around.
Tiger Woods ends his season by missing the cut in the British Open

Tiger Woods ends his season by missing the cut in the British Open

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 10:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

Tiger Woods has ended his season by missing the cut at the British Open. That wasn't a big surprise after he opened with a 79. He followed with a 77 at Royal Troon on Friday. At 156, that matches the highest 36-hole score of his pro career. He set a Masters record by making the cut for the 24th straight time. But he missed the cut at the last three majors and it wasn't very close. Woods says he needs more tournaments to be sharp. But playing more risks not being ready for the majors. Woods says he won't play until December.
Canadian Ben Silverman leads PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship

Canadian Ben Silverman leads PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 8:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

had 10 birdies and a bogey on Tahoe Mountain Club's tree-lined Old Greenwood layout for a two-point lead over Kelly Kraft. Players receive eight points for a double eagle, five for eagle and two for birdie. A point is deducted for bogey and three for double bogey. Kraft eagled the par-5 third and had seven birdies and two bogeys. Nate Lashley was third with 15 points, and Sam Ryder and S.H. Kim had 14.
Daniel Brown makes late birdies for a 1-shot lead over Shane Lowry in wind-challenged British Open

Daniel Brown makes late birdies for a 1-shot lead over Shane Lowry in wind-challenged British Open

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 5:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Daniel Brown delivered the biggest surprise of them all at the British Open. The wind changed direction at Royal Troon and seemed to fool everyone except Shane Lowry. He played the links a few weeks ago and knew how to handle the wind from the opposite direction. Lowry had a 66 for his best start ever in a major. And then came Brown, a 29-year-old from England. Playing in the second-to-last group, he birdied two of the last three holes for a 65 to lead in his major championship debut. Tiger Woods had a 79. Rory McIlroy shot 78.
Hye-Jin Choi shoots 7-under 64 to take a 1-shot lead in the LPGA Tour's Dana Open

Hye-Jin Choi shoots 7-under 64 to take a 1-shot lead in the LPGA Tour's Dana Open

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

and also birdied the par-4 fifth. Xiyu "Janet" Lin of China, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 15, was tied for second with Aditi Ashok of India. They played in the same afternoon group with defending champion Linn Grant.
British Open at a glance

British Open at a glance

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Facts and figures from the opening round of the British Open
Hutsby goes from working in a pro shop to a dream start in British Open

Hutsby goes from working in a pro shop to a dream start in British Open

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sam Hutsby felt he was dreaming when his name was announced on the first tee at the British Open. He was working in a golf shop just a few years ago when he thought it was worth one more try at tournament golf. He qualified for Royal Troon and was briefly leading after just eight holes until posting a 74. Henrik Stenson played the Postage Stamp par 3 in even par when he won at Troon in 2016. In the opening round, he took a triple bogey. The real rough start belonged to Cameron Smith. He shot an 80.
Tiger Woods in danger of missing cut at British Open again after 8-over 79 at Royal Troon

Tiger Woods in danger of missing cut at British Open again after 8-over 79 at Royal Troon

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 2:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tiger Woods had another disappointing round at a major championship. Woods' 8-over 79 on Thursday at Royal Troon left him in danger of missing the cut for a third straight time at the British Open. Woods says "I need to shoot something in the mid-60s tomorrow to get something going on the weekend." Woods now has 14 consecutive rounds in the majors without breaking par dating to a 69 in the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship. It's his highest score to start a major since an 80 in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
McIlroy, DeChambeau stumble badly out of the gates at British Open

McIlroy, DeChambeau stumble badly out of the gates at British Open

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 10:41 a.m.  |  Save Story

Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau were the protagonists from Pinehurst No. 2. They were also-rans at Royal Troon. McIlroy was hopeful of giving himself one last chance at a major in the British Open. Instead he shot a 78 for his worst start to the Open in five years. He says he didn't adjust to a different wind. DeChambeau couldn't make par putts and couldn't move a golf ball more than a few feet on one shot from the rough. He shot 42 on the front nine and rallied for a 76. Now they hope to just make the cut.
A year after leukemia diagnosis, golfer Michael Hendry plays at British Open

A year after leukemia diagnosis, golfer Michael Hendry plays at British Open

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 7:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

Michael Hendry's par putt at the ninth hole at Royal Troon isn't particularly special. The hug from his 9-year-old daughter afterward is, though. The 44-year-old New Zealander played at the British Open on Thursday a little over a year after being diagnosed with leukemia. It is the most rewarding 3-over 74 he's ever shot. He says "It was extremely special. This is one thing that really got me through my recovery. To finally be here and teeing it up was extremely special."
Scottie Scheffler is adjusting to links golf and his role as best player in the world

Scottie Scheffler is adjusting to links golf and his role as best player in the world

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 8:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Scottie Scheffler might not be the biggest draw in golf but he's the center of attention at every major. The world's No. 1 player is a heavy favorite again going into the British Open at Royal Troon. Scheffler says he never sought this kind of attention. He only wants to play good golf and it's taken him to the top. The Open figures to be his biggest challenge at Royal Troon. He has won the Masters twice. He was runner-up in the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. But he has yet to seriously contend on links golf.
A house with best views of British Open is up for sale. It's in the middle of the Royal Troon course

A house with best views of British Open is up for sale. It's in the middle of the Royal Troon course

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 7:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

Royal Troon has some unique aspects but maybe most curious is the private house that sits in the middle of the championship course and has views of five holes for the British Open starting Thursday. It's known as "Blackrock House" and is located between the greens of holes No. 2 and No. 16. It's also close to the tees of No. 18 and two others. Originally built as one house, it was converted in the early 1970s into two dwellings. The Kelly family has owned the north side of the house since 1990 and has now put it up for sale. The asking price is just under $2 million.
Slumbers wants British Open revenue directed to the right places

Slumbers wants British Open revenue directed to the right places

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 12:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

The British Open still has the smallest prize fund among the majors. R&A CEO Martin Slumbers offers no apologies for that. He says the R&A oversees all of golf and it's important to build up the participation at the recreational level. He is all about a sustainable business model in the game to keep it healthy for the future. English amateur Dominic Clemons is curious how his game stacks up in his first major. And while the Open hasn't been to Muirfield in 11 years, Slumbers says it won't be much longer. But the Scottish Open might need to move.
Sports betting roundup: Scottie Scheffler has the best odds to win the British Open

Sports betting roundup: Scottie Scheffler has the best odds to win the British Open

Ryan Hannable Of Betmgm Sportsbook, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 10:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler has the best odds to win the British Open at +500 at the BetMGM online sportsbook. The Open gets underway early Thursday at Royal Troon. Rory McIlroy has the second-best odds to win at +800. As of Wednesday, Scheffler is pulling in a massive amount of money (23.7%) on the most tickets (14.3%). McIlroy is bringing in the second-highest money (9.4%) on the second-most tickets (7.9%). And Tiger Woods is always a popular betting pick, regardless of his form. The 48-year-old is +20000 to win but is still taking in the 12th-most tickets (1.9%) and 1.5% of the money.
Great golf and being on the good side of the draw go a long way at the British Open

Great golf and being on the good side of the draw go a long way at the British Open

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 9:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

Playing great golf helps at the British Open. It also helps to be on the good side of the draw. That's one of the curses and charms of links golf. The British Open is loaded with examples of players who avoid the worst of the weather. That's what happened the last time at Royal Troon in 2016. The leading 14 players after two days all came from the same side of the draw. They played late Thursday and early Friday and avoided the worst of the weather. The 152nd edition of the British Open starts on Thursday.
Sports on TV for Thursday, July 18

Sports on TV for Thursday, July 18

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 8:10 a.m.  |  Save Story

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MacIntyre has his eyes on a rare Scottish double in golf

MacIntyre has his eyes on a rare Scottish double in golf

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 7:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

Robert MacIntyre is giving Scotland hope that one of its own can win a British Open on Scottish soil. He won the Scottish Open on Sunday and celebrated into the night. MacIntyre was later than usual getting to Royal Troon. He plans to take the same approach that has carried him to a breakthrough year with two wins. It's not about trying to win a golf tournament. It's about battling on every shot to play his best golf and see where it leads. Only two players from Scotland in the last 100 years have own a British Open in Scotland.
Jon Rahm hoping to ride Spanish momentum to end drought

Jon Rahm hoping to ride Spanish momentum to end drought

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 4:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Spain is on a roll and Jon Rahm hopes to be part of it. He says he was inspired by Carlos Alcaraz winning Wimbledon and Spain beating England in the European Championship final. Rahm has only the British Open left to salvage a disappointing year in the majors. He hasn't won anywhere since the 2023 Masters. He barely made the cut this year at Augusta, missed the cut in the PGA Championship and then had to sit out the U.S. Open with a foot infection. Rahm says he is swinging freer and getting back toward his high level of play.
Scottie Scheffler is adjusting to links golf and his role as best player in the world

Scottie Scheffler is adjusting to links golf and his role as best player in the world

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

Scottie Scheffler might not be the biggest draw in golf but he's the center of attention at every major. The world's No. 1 player is a heavy favorite again going into the British Open at Royal Troon. Scheffler says he never sought this kind of attention. He only wants to play good golf and it's taken him to the top. The Open figures to be his biggest challenge at Royal Troon. He has won the Masters twice. He was runner-up in the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. But he has yet to seriously contend on links golf.
Gary Woodland reunites with longtime swing coach Randy Smith

Gary Woodland reunites with longtime swing coach Randy Smith

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 10:10 a.m.  |  Save Story

Gary Woodland is feeling a lot better these days. He got a good scan back following brain surgery last year. As for the golf, he has reunited with swing coach Randy Smith. They parted 11 years ago when Woodland decided to leave his agent. That was Blake Smith, the coach's son, and Randy Smith felt it better that Woodland also find a new coach. Woodland says it was Randy Smith who got him through college and on the PGA Tour. He says his wife persuaded him to go back to Smith and Woodland says he was thrilled to be back.
Tiger Woods says even champions miss putts. Rory McIlroy gets the message at British Open

Tiger Woods says even champions miss putts. Rory McIlroy gets the message at British Open

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 9:54 a.m.  |  Save Story

Rory McIlroy got plenty of text messages after his late collapse at the U.S. Open last month. Tiger Woods sent one too but he had waited a week. Turns out McIlroy never got the message because he had changed his mobile phone number. They talked at the British Open on Tuesday though. The 35-year-old McIlroy will try again to end a decade-long drought in majors. A four-time major champion, he won the claret jug at Royal Liverpool in 2014 and then the PGA Championship at Valhalla a month later. But no majors since then. He says "I'd much rather have these close calls. It means that I'm getting closer."
Final major for men at British Open as LPGA heads home to Ohio

Final major for men at British Open as LPGA heads home to Ohio

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 7:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

The final golf major of the year is this week at the British Open. Royal Troon hasn't hosted the British Open since 2016 when Henrik Stenson beat Phil Mickelson in a memorable duel. The course is known to play short going out and long and tough coming back in. Scottie Scheffler is the betting favorite as the No. 1 player in the world. Tiger Woods is back at Royal Troon for the first time in 20 years. None of the top 10 in the women's world ranking is playing the LPGA Tour event in Ohio. It's one week after a major in France.
British Open tee times

British Open tee times

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 6:45 a.m.  |  Save Story

British Open tee times for the opening two rounds at Royal Troon.
Lexi Thompson hopes to help the U.S. reclaim the Solheim Cup in her last year as a full-time player

Lexi Thompson hopes to help the U.S. reclaim the Solheim Cup in her last year as a full-time player

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Updated July 15 - 4:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lexi Thompson showed her commitment to returning the Solheim Cup to the United States by making an early visit to the demanding venue where the Americans will take on Europe in September. Thompson announced at the U.S. Women's Open in May that this year will be her last as a full-time player on the LPGA Tour. She says she hasn't given much thought to whether she might play the Solheim Cup again. Thompson is currently 14th in the U.S. standings, which means she may need to rely on a captain's pick. But captain Stacy Lewis said Monday at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club that Thompson has nothing to worry about.
Brian Harman starts his British Open title defense by returning the claret jug

Brian Harman starts his British Open title defense by returning the claret jug

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 15 - 12:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Brian Harman had to say goodbye to an old friend. The start of the British Open includes a ceremony where the champion officially hands back the claret jug. Harman says it was a little sad to return the oldest trophy in golf. The hard part is trying to get it back. Only five players have won the British Open back to back since 1960. All of them are in the Hall of Fame. Now it's Harman's turn to see if he can join them at Royal Troon. Harman hasn't won since last year. He's waiting for his putting to come around.
British Open '24: How to watch, who are the favorites and more to know about golf's oldest event

British Open '24: How to watch, who are the favorites and more to know about golf's oldest event

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 15 - 9:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

The final men's major of the year is the oldest championship in golf. The British Open dates to 1860. The tournament returns to Royal Troon in Scotland for the 10th time. Play starts at about 6:30 in the morning and the last group doesn't start until 4 p.m. NBC Sports is providing wall-to-wall coverage on its various platforms. At stake is the silver claret jug. Brian Harman is the defending champion. Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy are the better favorites. Tiger Woods is hopeful of lasting four days.
British Open at bottom of major purses as R&A tries to keep money from getting out of hand

British Open at bottom of major purses as R&A tries to keep money from getting out of hand

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 6:56 a.m.  |  Save Story

The British Open is raising its prize money, but not by much. The prize fund will be $17 million this year. That's up $500,000. The winner gets $3.1 million, up by $100,000 from last year. It's the smallest purse of the four majors. It's the 28th-highest purse among professional golf worldwide. Much of that is because of Saudi-funded LIV and the PGA Tour responding to the threat. R&A chief Martin Slumbers says he's OK with that. He says he's concerned about prize money in golf. And the R&A needs to spend its money on the amateur game as well.
Harry Hall chips in for birdie from 45 feet on the 3rd playoff hole to win the ISCO Championship

Harry Hall chips in for birdie from 45 feet on the 3rd playoff hole to win the ISCO Championship

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 8:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Harry Hall chipped in for birdie from 45 feet on the third hole of a playoff to win the ISCO Championship for his first PGA Tour title. The 26-year-old Englishman closed with a 3-under 69 to get into the playoff with Matt NeSmith, Pierceson Coody, Zac Blair and Rico Hoey. They finished at 22-under 266 at Keene Trace. Hall scrambled for par on the par-4 18th on the first extra hole, driving well left into long grass, hitting into a greenside bunker and blasting out to a foot. He stayed alive when NeSmith missed an 8-foot birdie try. On the next trip down 18, Hall, NeSmith and Coody all missed birdie putts, with NeSmith the closest. Hall ended it on the 209-yard, par-3 ninth.
Ernie Els wins the Kaulig Companies Championship for his first senior major title

Ernie Els wins the Kaulig Companies Championship for his first senior major title

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 14 - 3:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ernie Els won the Kaulig Companies Championship on Sunday for his first senior major title, closing with a 2-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Y.E. Yang at breezy Firestone. A stroke behind defending champion Steve Stricker entering the round, Els rebounded from a bogey on the par-5 16th to par the final two holes. Yang bogeyed the par-4 18th in a 66. Els became the PGA Tour Champions' first three-time winner this season, winning for the sixth time on the 50-and-over tour. The 54-year-old South African finished at 10-under 270. He earned $525,000 and a spot in The Players Championship in March. Stricker, also the 2021 winner, shot 73 to tie for fourth at 6 under.
MacIntyre wins his national open in Scotland with birdie to beat Adam Scott

MacIntyre wins his national open in Scotland with birdie to beat Adam Scott

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 2:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Robert MacIntyre is an Open champion in his native Scotland. It's not the British Open but it sure feels that way for the 27-year-old from Oban. MacIntyre seized on a huge break to make eagle on the par-5 16th hole. The winner was a 22-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 67 to beat Adam Scott by one shot. The Scottish gallery erupted in pure pandemonium. MacIntyre is the first Scottish winner of his national Open in 25 years. He now has two PGA Tour victories this year. The other was at the Canadian Open last month.
The British Open field and how players got there

The British Open field and how players got there

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 14 - 1:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

How players qualified for the 152 British Open at Royal Troon.
Sergio García wins LIV Golf Andalucia after playoff against Lahiri

Sergio García wins LIV Golf Andalucia after playoff against Lahiri

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 14 - 12:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sergio Garcia claims his first individual LIV Golf win after the Spaniard beat overnight leader Anirban Lahiri in a playoff for the Andalucia title. García thrilled the home fans with a 5-under 66 to pull level with Lahiri and force the 18th-hole playoff with both players at 5-under overall. This was the first title for García since he joined the new Saudi-backed LIV circuit in 2022. Jon Rahm, another home favorite, finished in a tie for 10th in his first event back home since joining LIV Golf. García's Fireballs team also won the team title at the tournament in southern Spain after winning a playoff over the Crushers.