Martin Davis - July 19, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJuly 19, 2012, 1:26 pm

Martin Davis is the historian for Golf Channel. Bobby Jones won the first of his three Open Championship titles in 1926 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and what is interesting is that he almost did not play in The Open Championship that year. He usually did not play in The Open Championship in a Walker Cup year in large part because of the expense of making the trip from the United States. He went over to Britain to play in the British Amateur and decided to stay to try to qualify for The Open Championship. It was the first year of sectional qualifying and he shot rounds of 66 and 68 to make the field. When he won at Lytham, he became the first American amateur to win The Open Championship and the first amateur to win in many years.


Seve Ballesteros’ two wins at Royal Lytham bookend his more famous Open Championship win at St. Andrews in 1984 but both 1979 and 1988 are known for famous shots. In 1979, he hit that amazing shot from the car park to make birdie on his way to his first Major title and in 1988, he got up and down at 18 on his way to his fifth and final Major win.


In 1926, the final two rounds of The Open Championship were played over one day. After his morning round, Jones decided to go into town for a quiet lunch instead of sitting in a more noisy clubhouse. Upon returning to Royal Lytham, the guard at the gate refused to let him in so Jones went and bought a ticket to get back in the gates. As a result, Jones became the first and probably only Open Champion to ever buy a ticket to get into the tournament.


Peter Thomson, Bobby Locke, Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus are all on his short list of the best links golfers of all-time in his opinion but the best was Harry Vardon. Everyone on this list has many merits but in his mind, the 6-time Open Champion Harry Vardon was and still is the best links golfer.

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DEFCON Tiger: Athletes tweet while watching Tiger

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 8:15 pm

Tiger Woods grabbed the Tour Championship lead and the sports world by the throat Saturday, making birdie on six of his first seven holes in his third round and sending social media into a frenzy.

Here's a sampling from athletes, journalists and celebrtiies, and we'll start with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.

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Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.

Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.

''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''

Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.

Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.

Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 7:25 pm

After grinding out a 68 on Friday, Tiger Woods is trying to get the lead all to himself in Round 3 at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him.

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Highlights: Tiger's seven Saturday birdies so far

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

Looking to make the turn in 29, Woods instead missed the green at the par-3 ninth, failed to get up and down for par, and had to settle for 5-under 30.

Following pars at 10 and 11, he started looking this approach up and down at the 12th, leading to his seventh birdies of the day.