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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...

Ernie Els Picks up Claret Jug he Found on the Ground

You can’t fault a guy for picking up a Claret Jug he finds on the ground. Ernie Els, who’ll tell you himself he had no business winning the 2012 Open Championship, left Royal Lytham & St. Annes the accidental champion while Adam Scott is left to wonder how his wings melted, leaving him to crash like Icarus. Scott bogeyed the last four holes to fumble...

Royal Troon Gets 2016 Open Championship – List of Future Open Championship (British Open) Venues

The R&A announced today that Royal Tron will host the 2016 Open Championship. Here is a list of future Open Championship venues: 2012 – Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s, Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND 2013 – Muirfield Golf links, Gullane, East Lothian, SCOTLAND 2014 – Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, Merseyside, ENGLAND 2015 – The Old Course at St. Andrews, St...

St. Andrews to host 2015 Open Championship – Future Open Championship Venues

Yesterday, the R&A announced what we already knew – The Old Course at St. Andrews will host the 2015 Open Championship. My guess is Royal Troon for 2016…it’s been absent since 2004 when Todd Hamilton bunted his way to victory over Ernie Els. Here are your future Open Championship (British Open) venues: 2012 – Royal Lytham & St...

Back for a Curtain Call, Darren Clarke, Leprechauns Win the 2011 Open at St. George’s

So this is what Darren Clarke does for an encore. The last time we saw Clarke, he was riding off into the sunset after leading the 2006 European Ryder Cup team to victory. Only a few short months after the death of his wife Heather, a breast cancer victim, there he was going 3-0, inspiring everyone around him, European and American alike. It was a virtuoso...

The 2011 Open Championship: By George, This Sandwich Tastes Terrific

Hey waiter! Make my Open-faced Sandwich a double because I’m super-hungry for a four-day helping of Royal St. George’s! No course in England has hosted more Open Championships than ancient and storied St. George’s, hard by the sea in the quaint town of Sandwich, which dates back to the mid-seventh century and has a wonderfully colorful and bloody history. St...