Complete coverage of the 2010 Open Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2010, 10:38 pm
Claret Jug at St. Andrews

July 19, 2010
Still in shock, Oosthuizen contemplates future

July 18, 2010
Coffin: So Close, So Far Away
Punch Shots: Should the Old Course host every Open Championship?
Notes: McIlroy won't ask, 'What if?'
Casey leaves Open with head held high
Hoggard: Oosthuizen earns first major with dominant performance
South Africa celebrates Oosthuizen's Open win
Oosthuizen wins Open in dominating fashion
Tiger Tracks: Lost the momentum battle
Tiger Tracks: Time and talent on Tiger's side
Shag Bag: Taking the hotel out of play
Shag Bag: Where's the fireworks?
Shag Bag: First hiccup fof Oosty
Shag Bag: Lefty's links woes
Shag Bag: Slow going at St. Andrews
Tiger Tracks: Rollercoaster week for Woods
Shag Bag: Cink's reign officially ends
Shag Bag: From Cloud 9 to Cloud 5
Shag Bag: Louis the Relaxed
Tiger Tracks: Tiger switches back to old putter
Shag Bag: Mickelson teed off Round 1 without putter
Tiger Tracks: Tiger in hunt for T-4 Slam
Shag Bag: Oosthuizen makes humorous forearm reference

July 17, 2010
Notes: Tough break for Calc
Hoggard: The Unusual Suspect
Casey in the hunt for claret jug
Coffin: Unlikely Champion?
Mickelson's momentum disappears on 16 and 17
Woods faces 12-shot deficit heading to Open finale
Open poised to produce another surprising champ
Shag Bag: ''Rip your pants off'
Tiger Tracks: The irony in Tiger's game
Shag Bag: Calcavecchia crumbles with quad
Shag Bag: McIlroy bounces back with 69
Shag Bag: Lead shrinks early for Oosthuizen
Shag Bag: Lefty laments late slide
Tiger Tracks: A mountain to climb
Tiger Tracks: Friends and foes
Shag Bag: Magical moment
Shag Bag: History on Oosthuizen’s side?
Tiger Tracks: Woods in good company with Clarke
Shag Bag: Pleasant surprise for Rock
Shag Bag: Pernice sets the pace
Hawkins: Real Open Just Beginning
Shag Bag: Keeping tabs on the tabloids
Shag Bag: Tough turn for Tiley
Shag Bag: Third round underway in Scotland

July 16, 2010
Notes: Despite leg, Westwood near top of leaderboard
Shag Bag: Watson gets his moment at St. Andrews
Watson says goodbye to Old Course, not Open
Tiger Tracks: Funny guy
Shag Bag: St. Andrews swansong
Tiger Tracks: Woods pauses round for Watson
Jay Coffin: Blown Away
Tiger Tracks: Open still an option for Woods
Play suspended by darkness at St. Andrews
More drama for Daly at Open Championship
McIlroy goes from glory to misery
Shag Bag: Tough Friday for McIlroy
Hoggard: Cut Line: Auld Gray Toon edition
Tiger Tracks: Tiger prowling behind unproven leader
Fierce wind makes for brutal day at St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Lamenting Lefty's poor play
Tiger Tracks: Trio of bogeys as play resumes
Shag Bag: Back underway
Triple bogey can’t ruin Casey’s day at St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Focusing on the finish
Tiger Tracks: Tiger stuck on first hole
Oosthuizen making a name for himself at Old Course
Shag Bag: Play suspended at St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Triple play
Shag Bag: Calcavecchia back in the hunt
Shag Bag: Sinister 17th takes toll
Shag Bag: The best, and worst, of Barnes
Shag Bag: On The Mark
Shag Bag: Daly drives away
Shag Bag: Oosthuizen continues stellar play
Shag Bag: Tough draw

July 15, 2010
Shag Bag: Why not Sergio?
Lerner: Hooks and Cuts: St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Scottish surprises
Westwood looks fine, feels sore after opening 67
McIlroy rips through a defenseless Old Course
Oosthuizen gives South Africa new reason to be proud
Westwood looks fine, feels sore after opening 67
Shag Bag: Mickelson shoots 73 in Round 1
Shag Bag: Mickelson's Open struggles continue
Shag Bag: A Rorying performance
Shag Bag: Louis the Great
Shag Bag: Hard to admit
Shag Bag: No place I'd rather be
Coffin: McIlroy Shoots Opening 63 With Ease
Shag Bag: My favorite week of the year
Tiger Tracks: Woods struggles on ‘slowest’ greens
Tiger Tracks: Shades of 2000
Hoggard: Old Course, Old Daly
Coltart, ex-Ryder Cup player, gets back to golf
Tiger Tracks: Tiger in the house with 67
Shag Bag: JD suggests new nickname
Tiger Tracks: Tiger on the prowl
Tiger Tracks: Woods not wild on Day 1
Seve skips St. Andrews, but his spirit is there
Shag Bag: Look who is leading
Tiger Tracks: Woods off to solid start
Shag Bag: Daly setting early pace
Shag Bag; McDowell eyes Tour card
Shag Bag: Marcel, Marcel

July 14, 2010

Notes: The King reminisces about the home of golf
Recent UK dominance could extend to St. Andrews
All the elements present for this British Open
Coffin: Never Ceasing to Amaze
Hoggard: The Unassuming Champion Returns
Stormy weather wipes out Champions’ Challenge
Shag Bag: A monster of a hole
Shag Bag: Champions Challenge cancelled
Tiger Tracks: Watson thinks Woods is favorite
Out-of-bounds stakes removed for 16th green
Will another 50-something contend at British Open?
Rose ‘expects’ British golfer to contend this week
Shag Bag: OB stakes moved behind 16th green, 17th tee
Tiger Tracks: R&A chief gets Tiger questions
Shag Bag: Tough crowd
Shag Bag: Rose returns to St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Shagadelic in St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Early at the Old Course

July 13, 2010
Croquet, anyone? Choi shakes up putting stance
Golf Guy's Open Top-5 List
Coffin: Under the Radar?
U.S. Open champ doesn’t want career to be single act
The People’s Champ eyes an Open title
Mell: Bunker Shots: Open Up
Shag Bag: Spotting some trends
Five last-minute must-play golf courses around St. Andrews
Shag Bag: Not ideal, but still perfect
Q&A: Old Versus New
Hoggard: Tiger Says A Lot Without Saying Much
Woods expects good reception from British fans
Fade at U.S. Open teaches Ishikawa a few lessons
Els feels like he’s in good shape for British Open
Groggy golfers arrive for British Open
After 12 years, Woods leaning toward putter switch
Tiger Tracks: Tiger faces press, more testy questions
Shag Bag: Els apologizes for not speaking at Open
Shag Bag: Glover nearly grounded

July 12, 2010
Travel Caddie: St. Andrews vs. Pebble Beach: Which is easier to get on?
Westwood ready for St. Andrews, bum leg and all
Harrington pushing hard for fourth major title
Road Hole at St. Andrews gets tougher
Tee times for the 139th Open Championship
Leading Edge: What's a Rose to Wear?
Travel Caddie: Castle Stuart Golf Links stage for final day
Travel Caddie: World Cup from Scottish perspective
Woods to play with Rose at St. Andrews
Watson returns to British Open with no regrets

July 11, 2010
Travel Caddie: What-if scenario at Royal Dornoch
Travel Caddie: Wacky weather at Scotland's best track
Travel Caddie: Golf after dark
Travel Caddie: Winds of change
Travel Caddie: Hopes dashed at Royal Dornoch?
Travel Caddie: History at Royal Dornoch
Tiger gets a taste of St. Andrews' strong winds

July 10, 2010
Open Championship at a glance
British Open, hole by hole
An Acquired Taste
Travel Caddie: Skibo Hotel

July 9, 2010
Capsules of previous Open Championships at St. Andrews
Norman pulls out of St. Andrews

July 6, 2010
Toms and Kim withdraw from Open due to injury
British Open prize money rises as pound slumps

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Recovering Thomas thinks Match Play could help cause

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 10:07 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – It’s been a tough couple of days for Justin Thomas, and he hasn’t played an event in three weeks.

The world’s second-ranked player had his wisdom teeth removed on March 7 following the WGC-Mexico Championship and has been recovering ever since.

“I'm feeling OK. As funny as it is, as soon as I got over my wisdom teeth, I got a little strep throat,” Thomas said on Tuesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. “I was pretty worried yesterday, to be honest, how I was going to be doing, but I feel a lot better today and just keep taking medicine and hopefully it will be good.”

Thomas, who is listed in the Tour media guide as 5-foot-10, 145 pounds, said he lost about 6 pounds when he had his wisdom teeth removed and has struggled to put that weight back on because of his bout with strep throat.

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As a result, his energy levels are low, which is a particular concern considering the marathon nature of the Match Play, which could include as many as seven rounds if he were to advance to Sunday’s championship match. Thomas, however, said the format could actually make things easier this week.

“I told my dad, I only have to beat one person each day. I don't have to beat the whole field,” said Thomas, who has won just one match in two starts at the Match Play. “If it was stroke play then I may have a little harder time. But hopefully each day I'll get better and better. Who knows, maybe that will help me win a match in this golf tournament, because I've had a pretty hard time in the past.”

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Spieth thought Mickelson blew him off as a kid

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 7:50 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Phil Mickelson is widely recognized as one of the PGA Tour’s most accommodating players when it comes to the fans and signing autographs.

Lefty will famously spend hours after rounds signing autographs, but sometimes perception can deviate from reality, as evidenced by Jordan Spieth’s encounter with Mickelson years ago when he was a junior golfer.

“I think I was at the [AT&T] Byron Nelson with my dad and Phil Mickelson and Davis Love were on the putting green. I was yelling at them, as I now get annoyed while I'm practicing when I'm getting yelled at, and they were talking,” Spieth recalled. “When they finished, Phil was pulled off in a different direction and Davis came and signed for me. And I thought for the longest time that Phil just blew me off. And Davis was like the nicest guy. And Phil, I didn't care for as much for a little while because of that.”

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Entering his sixth full season on Tour, Spieth now has a drastically different perspective on that day.

“[Mickelson] could have been late for media. He could have been having a sponsor obligation. He could have been going over to sign for a kid’s area where there was a hundred of them,” Spieth said. “There's certainly been kids that probably think I've blown them off, too, which was never my intention. It would have never been Phil's intention either.”

Spieth said he has spoken with Mickelson about the incident since joining the Tour.

“He probably responded with a Phil-like, ‘Yeah, I knew who you were, and I didn't want to go over there and sign it,’ something like that,” Spieth laughed. “I’ve gotten to see him in person and really see how genuine he is with everybody he comes in contact with. Doesn't matter who it is. And he's a tremendous role model and I just wasn't aware back then.”

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This week, let the games(manship) begin

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 7:47 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – The gentleman’s game is almost entirely devoid of anything even approaching trash talk or gamesmanship.

What’s considered the norm in other sports is strictly taboo in golf - at least that’s the standard for 51 weeks out of the year. That anomaly, however, can be wildly entertaining.

During Monday’s blind draw to determine this week’s 16 pods, Pat Perez was the first to suggest that this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is the exception to the stoic rule on the PGA Tour.

“Me and Branden [Grace] played a nine-hole match today and were chirping at each other the entire time,” Perez laughed. “Stuff like, ‘go in the trees.’ We were laughing about it, I didn’t get mad, I hit it in the trees.”

Although Perez and Grace may have been on the extreme end of the trash-talk spectrum, it’s widely understood that unlike the steady diet of stroke-play stops in professional golf, the Match Play and the Ryder Cup are both chances to test some of the game’s boundaries.

“There’s been a couple of different instances, both in the Ryder Cup. I can't share them with you, I'm sorry,” laughed Jordan Spieth, before adding. “I think they [the comments] were indifferent to me and helped [U.S. partner Patrick Reed].

Often the gamesmanship is subtle, so much so an opponent probably doesn’t even realize what’s happening.

Jason Day, for example, is a two-time winner of this event and although he was reluctant to go into details about all of his “tricks,” he did explain his mindset if he finds himself trailing in a match.

“Always walk forward in front of the person that you're playing against, just so you're letting them know that you're pushing forward and you're also letting them know that you're still hanging around,” Day explained. “People feed off body language. If I'm looking across and the guy's got his shoulders slumped and his head is down, you can tell he's getting frustrated, that's when you push a little bit harder.”

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Some moments are not so innocent, as evidenced by a story from Paul Casey from a match during his junior days growing up in England.

“I remember a player’s ball was very close to my line, as his coin was very close to my line and we were still both about 10 feet away and he kind of looked at me,” Casey recalled. “I assumed he looked at me to confirm whether his marker was in my line and it needed to be moved. I said, ‘That's OK there.’ So he picked [his coin] up. And then of course he lost his ability to understand English all of a sudden.”

While the exploits this week won’t be nearly as egregious, there have been a handful of heated encounters at the Match Play. In 2015 when this event was played at Harding Park in San Francisco, Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez went nose to nose when the Spaniard attempted to intervene in a ruling that Bradley was taking and the incident even spilled over into the locker room after the match.

But if those types of encounters are rare, there’s no shortage of mind games that will take place over the next few days at Austin Country Club.

“It's part of it. It should be fun,” Spieth said. “There should be some gamesmanship. That's the way it is in every other sport, we just never play one-on-one or team versus team like other sports do. That's why at times it might seem way out of the ordinary. If every tournament were match play, I don't think that would be unusual.”

It also helps heat things up if opponents have some history together. On Tuesday, Rory McIlroy was asked if he’s run across any gamesmanship at the Match Play. While the Northern Irishman didn’t think there would be much trash talking going on this week, he did add with a wry smile, “Patrick Reed isn’t in my bracket.”

McIlroy and Reed went head-to-head in an epic singles duel at the 2016 Ryder Cup, which the American won 1 up. The duo traded plenty of clutch shots during the match, with Reed wagging his finger at McIlroy following a particularly lengthy birdie putt and McIlroy spurring the crowd with roars of, “I can’t hear you.”

It was an example of how chippy things can get at the Match Play that when McIlroy was asked if he had any advice for Spieth, who drew Reed in his pod this week, his answer had a bit of a sharp edge.

“Don't ask for any drops,” laughed McIlroy, a not-so-subtle reference to Reed’s comment last week at Bay Hill after being denied free relief by a rules official, “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth, guys,” Reed said on Sunday.

Put another way, this is not your grandfather’s game. This is the Match Play where trash talking and gamesmanship are not only acceptable, but can also be extremely entertaining.

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Romo set to make PGA Tour debut at Punta Cana

By Will GrayMarch 20, 2018, 6:43 pm

While much of the attention in golf this week will be focused on the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Tony Romo may send a few eyeballs toward the Caribbean.

The former quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst will make his PGA Tour debut this week, playing on a sponsor invite at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. The exemption was announced last month when Romo played as an amateur at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he's apparently been hard at work ever since.

"I'll be treating it very serious," Romo told reporters Tuesday. "My wife will tell you she hasn't seen me much over the last month. But if you know me at all, I think you know if I care about something I'm going to commit to it 100 percent. So like I said. you'll get the best I've got this week."

Romo retired from the NFL last year and plays to a plus-0.3 handicap. In addition to his participation in the Pebble Beach event, he has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open multiple times and last month played a North Texas PGA mini-tour event as an amateur.

According to Romo, one of the key differences between pro football and golf is the fact that his former position is entirely about reactive decisions, while in golf "you're trying to commit wholeheartedly before you ever pull the club out of your bag."

"I'm not worried about getting hit before I hit the ball," Romo said. "It's at my own tempo, my own speed, in this sport. Sometimes that's difficult, and sometimes that's easier depending on the situation."

Romo admitted that he would have preferred to have a couple extra weeks to prepare, but recently has made great strides in his wedge game which "was not up to any Tour standard." The first-tee jitters can't be avoided, but Romo hopes to settle in after battling nerves for the first three or four holes Thursday.

Romo hopes to derive an added comfort factor from his golf in the Dallas area, where he frequently plays with a group of Tour pros. While Steph Curry traded texts with a few pros before his tournament debut last summer on the Tour, Romo expects his phone to remain silent until he puts a score on the board.

"I think they're waiting to either tell me 'Congrats' or 'I knew it, terrible,'" Romo said. "Something along those lines. They're probably going to wait to see which way the wind's blowing before they send them."

Romo will tee off at 8:10 a.m. ET Thursday alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.