What I love about the British Open

By Rich LernerJuly 13, 2011, 6:05 pm

I love the yellow scoreboards with black numbers, the brownish fairways and the whipping winds. It all makes you want to throw a bag over your shoulder, put a Hogan cap atop your head with an old cardigan and some corduroy trousers, and head to the Firth of Clyde with a fifth of gin and a nip of rye, because ay ‘tis the British Open.

I love Lee Westwood with his peerless tee-to-green talent and his improving mental toughness.

I love the thought of guys hitting driver at the par-3 11th – and coming up short.

I love the nasty pot bunkers, because if there’s one aspect of professional golf that just galls the amateurs it’s how cavalier the guys are in those cupcake American sand traps, where they splash the ball so softly to within a foot. In the pot bunkers the pros can look just as bad as anyone else. Ask Thomas Bjorn.

I love long stretches of Peter Alliss, who just turned 80 and is still going strong. I loved Alex Hay, his longtime, lyrical colleague who just passed away at 78.

I love that you can tune in and say, “I could shoot 200 in those conditions; I am happy to be in my boxers.”

I love Rory McIlroy’s British Open tune-up, even if others did not. He played nine holes Monday night at Royal County Down with his dad, sunset golf on the kind of long summer night they’ve enjoyed since Rory was a little boy.

I love Cabrera at 80-1.

I love when obscurity shows its face as it so often does, like 2003 at Royal St. George’s, when Hennie Otto threatened to become the most famous Hennie since Youngman, the most famous Otto since Preminger, but ultimately went the way of Florentino Molina and Billy Dunk, who also flirted with immortality at St. George’s in 1981 before fading.

I love that at the British Open you don’t aim for trees but maybe a steeple in the neighboring town.

I love that it’s over at 2 p.m. ET and you’re on the tee by 4, playing sunset golf on a British Open weekend.

David Feherty just stopped by my desk and announced that he loves that the galleries in foul weather look like the crew on the Time Bandit from “Dangerous Catch” with sealskins and parkas.

I love the creativity it takes because you have to skip it, bump it, chip it, bounce it, cut it, sting it, string it, rope it, hook it, deal with it and pray for it.

I love that it’s not always fair, that it’s a test of attitude as much as skill.

I love Phil Mickelson in the press room, in the role of American ambassador.

I love Luke Donald with his all-world short game and his newfound ruthlessness.

I love the fact that at times it looks like your average muni, where you would see guys putting from 80 yards off the green mainly because they’re afraid they’ll blade a wedge. You’ll see the same shot at the British, because it’s the right play. At a muni you’ll see four guys playing in crappy weather because it beats work. You’ll see it at the British because it beats work and for a million dollars you’d play in January in Saskatchewan.

I love Charl Schwarztel’s rhythm and tempo in windy conditions.

I love Darren Clarke’s action when flags are bending sideways.

Feherty loves that first-tee starter Ivor Robson’s bladder is the size of Wyoming.

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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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