Inside The Ropes Personalities of the British Open Championship

By Erin FitzsimmonsJuly 21, 2005, 4:00 pm
During the 134th Open Championship almost all eyes were on winner Tiger Woods and his second victory at St. Andrews. The ones that werent watching Tiger take home his 10th major of his PGA Tour career were watching European favorites Ian Poulter and Colin Montgomerie. Known for their larger than life personalities and quirks, their loyal fans followed them through all four rounds cheering every step of the way even when it looked like their favorite players were not going to come home with the famed Claret Jug trophy.
 
Ian Poulter known for his unique sense of fashion was eagerly awaited by fans to see what he would wear during the first round of competition. Last year he surprised and shocked some by wearing Union Jack trousers that he himself called outrageous. This year he left his fashion choices to his fans by creating the Design Poulters Pants Competition. Over 2000 entries were submitted with the final design chosen by Poulter and his tailor, William Hunt. The winner, Gavin Adams created a design that featured the Claret Jug on the left leg and a list of past Open winners on the back of the right leg.
 
This is the type of outfit that we have come to expect from a man whose fashion sense extends to frequently changing the style and color of his hair from a slight Mohawk one week to green hair the next. Poulter has decided to donate the trousers to The British Golf Museum at St. Andrews following The Open ensuring that his flare for fashion will be around for years to come.
 
Love him or hate him, you cant help but watch Colin Montgomerie. With a career that has had its ups and downs, a messy personal life, and a temper that he has spent years trying to overcome Montgomerie surprised us all this year with his steady play at The Open and dare I say it, a smile.
 
Basking in the appreciation of fans who wanted the Scot to win the hometown tournament, Montgomeries game seems to be on the upswing. Though a final round of 72 on Sunday only netted him with second place, the fans wouldnt give up. A group of teenage boys followed him during his rounds wearing their Monty yellow wigs and an I love Monty shirt showed their allegiance to their favorite golfer. Yelling Come on, Monty even when the championship was out of reach, brought a smile to Montogermies face as he finished up the 18th on Sunday. We can only hope that this side of Monty is here to stay.
 

 

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.