Jul
19
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Rory McIlroy has the rare ability to make golf look easy. If he misses the green, he makes a nice par putt to keep the momentum going. If he gets to a par-5 late in his round, he uses his exceptional length to make an eagle. The simplicity Rory has demonstrated over the first three rounds of The Open Championship has led to a six-shot lead over Rickie Fowler.

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Jul
19
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Sometimes you just need to play better. That’s exactly what Dubuisson did after a first round 74 that had him staring at the cut line. Over the last 36 holes, only Rory McIlroy has equaled Dubuisson’s rounds of 66-68.  The amazing turnaround has the Frenchman in fifth place at eight-under for the tournament.

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Jul
19
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Tiger Woods is still shaking rust off his game. After going three-under through his first 10 holes at Hoylake, Tiger double-bogeyed 2 (his 11th), and triple-bogeyed 7 before finishing with a birdie on 9 for a 73. At three-over for the championship, Woods is currently T58.

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Jul
19
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Darren Clarke was just going about his business in the third round with seven straight pars before getting to the 17th. Clarke then put on a show with four straight birdies on holes 17, 18, 1, and 2. He bogeyed 3, and added two more birdies on 4 and 5 before cooling off with four pars to end the day. The amazing run in the middle part of Clarke’s round yielded a score of five-under 67.

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Jul
19
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

You never know what you are going to get at The Open Championship. Instead of dodging difficult course conditions, the players have been treated to a damp, windless day, and many of the players are taking advantage of Hoylake. Phil Mickelson went out in the first group, and was disappointed with a score of one-under 71.

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Jul
18
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Several of the best players in the game are within striking distance of 36-hole leader Rory McIlroy. Dustin Johnson is in solo second, and six players are in a tie for third place: Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, and George Coetzee. These players will have a golden opportunity to put pressure on Rory in the third round.

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Jul
18
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

One of the few players in the field who has the firepower to match Rory is Dustin Johnson. DJ shot a seven-under 65 to get to eight-under total, four strokes behind McIlroy. Johnson is one of the best players in the game, and he will have an opportunity to win his first major this weekend.

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Jul
18
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, the golf world was in full Tiger comeback mode, and today, we all want to take a second to regroup. Tiger Woods got off to a poor start, and had to birdie the 18th to make the cut (+2) after a triple-bogey on 17. Major number 15 will have to wait, but at least Tiger will have two more rounds on the road to recovery.

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Jul
18
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Rory McIlroy ended his second round funk in a big way by firing a six-under 66 to take a four-stroke lead into the weekend of The Open. He has a track record of destroying the field in major championships, and he is halfway to serving up a smack down once again.

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Jul
18
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Jim Furyk is the ultimate grinder. Much is made of the towering drives hit by the players today, but what Furyk lacks in power, he makes up in consistency and mental fortitude. The ’03 U.S. Open champ has found himself on the first page of the leader board once again after shooting 68-71 for a five-under total.

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