Jul
14
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Despite his recent struggles, Tiger Woods still believes he can match Jack Nicklaus’ all-time career major record of 18. First, he needs to capture that elusive 15th major at this week’s Open Championship, held at the Old Course at St Andrews, where he won in the 2000 and 2005 editions. Of course, he does, right? After all, if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be competing, not to mention he would never admit it.

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Jul
13
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Dustin Johnson insists it didn’t take long for him to get over the disappointment from the U.S. Open, where he had a 12-footer for eagle to win outright and a four-footer on the 72nd hole to tie Jordan Spieth and force an 18-hole playoff the following Monday. Johnson missed both putts and settled with a share of runner-up honors.

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Jul
13
2015

Apologies for not being able to post the full Thursday and Friday pairings and tee times for the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, but the R&A doesn’t have them in a text version, but you can find the list in its entirety here.

Let’s take a look at some of the best and most intriguing groupings for the first round (all times local).

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Jul
13
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

After an opening round 71 that put him well outside the cutline, some felt that it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if Jordan Spieth missed weekend play at the John Deere Classic, so he could show up earlier at St Andrews to prepare for the Open Championship. Spieth, of course, won the first two majors of the year, and is gunning to win his third consecutive major and looking to achieve golf’s most difficult accomplishment — the Grand Slam (winning all four majors in one season) — and has been criticized for his decision to remain loyal to the event where he won his first title on the PGA Tour.

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Jul
12
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Rickie Fowler’s brilliant late-birdie surge landed him his second victory of the year, capturing the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open by a shot over fellow American Matt Kuchar and Frenchman Raphael Jaquelin. For most of the day, Fowler struggled to find any momentum in the tough scoring conditions with strong winds at Gullane Golf Club.

After making bogey on no. 14, Fowler was one-over for the day, but then he rose brilliantly to the occasion late on with three birdies in the last four, including one on the par-4 18th, where he knocked a sand wedge to less than two feet for birdie. Clutch. Turned out to be the difference between an outright win and a three-man playoff.

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Jul
12
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

The Open Championship at St Andrews is by far the best week in golf that only happens once every five years. I’ve been waiting for the oldest major to return to the Home of Golf ever since the 2010 edition ended with Louis Oosthuizen running away with the Claret Jug by seven strokes. First of all, it’s been five years already? I’ve been covering golf for that long? I can’t believe how fast time has past, and looking at pictures, I’m startled at how much I’ve aged!

That was only the third tournament I’d ever covered (and my first for the WSJ), and I always refer to it as the “best-worst week” of my golf media career, which still holds true. It’s easily the most memorable tournament I’ve covered — not per se because of the actual golf and the result, as Sunday was sort of boring after Oosthuizen pulled away from the field.

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Jul
11
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

After Rory McIlroy injured his ankle in a “kickabout” with friends last Saturday, the world no. 1 sent a text accompanied by a photo to none other than Tiger Woods, seeking advice, according to USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio. Which makes sense given the 14-time major champion’s well-documented history of ailments.

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