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John Daly Changes Mind, Will Skip 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush

Ryan Ballengee at Golf News Net reports that John Daly has reversed himself. After stating last week that he would play the Open Championship at Royal Portrush despite not being allowed a golf cart by the R&A, Daly has, instead, withdrawn. Instead, he will play the PGA Tour’s opposite field event, the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky. Ballengee wrote:...

2018 Open Championship Odds (British Open) at Carnoustie

The de facto world championship of golf will be contested at one of golf’s most horrifying torture chambers. You think Shinnecock was tough? Wait till the wind blows at Carnoustie! The winner will need a complete game all facets must be sharp, Moreover, the Euros have a huge advantage here at this somber, narrow, Barry Burn criss-crossed Byzantine maze of a...

From the Vault – My Review of Royal Birkdale for PGA.com Open Championship Coverage

This was the old major championship preview I did for PGA.com back in 2008. From the article: Indeed, all Merseyside rocks every 10 years or so, as though the Beatles have returned to prominence, every time professional golfers return to Birkdale. The patrons are duly rewarded for their fervor with outstanding views of the golf: Birkdale was a stadium golf course...

Everything you Need to Know About Shooting a 63 in a Major Championship

HAVEN, WI – With a tip of the hat and a golf clap to Una Jones of the PGA of America, here’s everything you need to know about the magic number – 63, now accomplished 27 times. HIROSHI IWATA JOINS CLUB 63 With a 9-under-par 63 in the second round, Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata tied the all-time 18-hole scoring mark in a major championship. Additionally...

British Open Preview – Royal Liverpool Will put the ‘Open’ in this Year’s Open Championship

Poor Royal Liverpool (or Hoylake to locals): It’s become even more of a football for wise-cracking critics of Open Championship venues than Somber Olde Carnoustie. Normally Open Championship venues conjure images of hallowed, centuries-old golfing Meccas. There’s the stately architecture of St. Andrews, the romantic beauty of Turnberry, the rugged...

An Open Letter to Trey Anastasio: Golfers Frequently Win Majors “Shooting Par” or Worse!

Dear Trey: Congratulations to you Page, Mike, and Fish on another stellar Fall tour and, in particular, on another excellent Halloween show. You guys totally killed it! It was both fun and interesting to see you perform so many new songs on such a special occasion. Here’s my best wishes to the four of you that the new album is a tremendous success, and I look...

All the 63 Scores in Golf Major Championship History

Here are all the 63s in golf’s majors so far: Masters Nick Price, 1986, third round (9-under) Greg Norman, 1996, first round (9-under) U.S. Open Johnny Miller, 1973 (Oakmont), final round (8-under) Jack Nicklaus, 1980 (Baltusrol), first round (7-under) Tom Weiskopf, 1980 (Baltusrol), first round (7-under) Vijay Singh, 2003 (Olympia Fields), second round (7...

Magnificent Muirfield – Golf, Haggis, and the Open Championship (British Open)

“Now you have to try the haggis, she’ll be insulted if you don’t,” my girlfriend cooed soothingly, as if that would make the ordeal any more bearable. Yes, it’s my favorite time of year again, the Open Championship: sparkling seaside links, brisk winds wreaking havoc on poorly played golf shots, the ground game back in vogue, and the...