Category Archives: British Open

Jul
29
2014

As always, some of you asked where you could watch my work for the Open Championship. The only real answer to that is if you live in Asia, I’m on the preview (or post-round) show on Fox Sports, and I also make regular appearances on Fox Sports Central. Since I know most of my reader base is North America and UK-based, you obviously can’t watch.

I’ve picked several features and interviews from the week at Royal Liverpool covering the Open — which was, as always, a complete blast. First, let’s check out the local area…

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Jul
29
2014
The Champion Golfer of the year launches his ball into the stands

The Champion Golfer of the year launches his ball into the stands

Remember after Rory McIlroy putted out for par on the 18th hole at Royal Liverpool Golf Club to clinch the Claret Jug and then he celebrated by throwing his ball into the grandstands? Well, either way, that’s what happened.

Lee Horner of Leeds was the man who caught McIlroy’s ball, and now it’s up for auction at GreenJacketAuctions.com. Nike even confirmed the ball’s authenticity. 

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Jul
27
2014
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Hey longtime WUP readers, welcome back to a very special edition of “Know Your Asians“! For newer readers, check it out and enjoy!

Interviewing Kiradech at his Hoylake digs

Interviewing Kiradech at his Hoylake digs

You might not be familiar with Thai pro golfer Kiradech Aphibarnrat, but you really should get to know him. Why? That’s easy — because he’s awesome, humble, introspective and an all-around good guy.

During the week of the Open Championship, we had the chance to catch up with Kiradech at his rental home in Hoylake.

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Jul
1
2014

 

Tom Watson is arguably the greatest links player of all-time. He won The Open in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, and 1983. In addition, he lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink at the 2009 Open Championship at the age of 59. He is in the field for this year’s Open, and the R&A has extended a special exemption for Watson to play in the 2015 Open at St. Andrews.

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Jul
21
2013
By Stephanie Wei under British Open
Ful-PHIL-ment

Phil the Thrill!

After Phil Mickelson’s close call at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, many assumed (myself included) that given his age (43 now), it was his last shot at finally conquering his career-long battle with links golf.

But, with all of Phil’s glorious wins and disappointing losses, we should’ve known never to count him out to pull off the remarkable — whether it be foolish or thrilling. Naturally, Phil captured the Claret Jug in style and putting on a sublime show on his way to a five-under 66, three-under total.

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Jul
21
2013
By Stephanie Wei under British Open
Greens baffle Tiger

Greens baffle Tiger

A baffling fact: Tiger Woods has won 14 majors, but none have come without at least a share of the 54-hole lead. Woods, who started the day trailing Lee Westwood by two shots, stumbled on his way to a final-round, three-over 74. On his way to a tied for sixth finish at the Open Championship, Tiger was never one of many that was a real factor.

From the get-go, he never looked comfortable on the greens — which several players, including Woods, said were slower than the previous days — three-putting the first hole. 

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Jul
20
2013
Westy

Nice playing, dude

Since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Lee Westwood has been in the top six after 54 holes at a major championship eight times. For one reason or another, he hasn’t managed to get over that line and win one. Once again, the 40-year-old Englishman is in that position after firing a solid one-under 70 to take a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan.

I’ve seen Westwood in the hot seat at majors on Saturdays before and I will say that he’s never appeared as relaxed and comfortable as he did today.

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Jul
20
2013
By Stephanie Wei under British Open
Hideki

Hideki placed T10 at the U.S. Open last month

Hideki Matsuyama became the second player this year to receive a one-shot penalty for slow play at a major. During the third round of the Open Championship, Matsuyama, who was paired with Johnson Wagner, was put on the clock on the 15th because they were 15 minutes over the scheduled time and out of position with the group ahead.

Matsuyama took one minute, 12 seconds on his first putt on the same hole and the twosome was still four minutes out of position. 

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