British Open: Tommy Fleetwood Is Again Flirting With a First Major Title

And because Fleetwood has now ascended to near pop idol status in Britain, and since everything he does is scrutinized, the fact that he appeared not to have an umbrella as he got ready for his Friday round became a source of social media fascination. “Everybody seems to want to know about the umbrella,” Fleetwood said with a laugh after his round. Asked if he did, in fact, have his own umbrella, since he eventually used one on the course, he quipped, “No, we stole it.” He quickly added: “We…

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Johnson and Kisner, housemates and British Open leaders

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — A light rain in the morning that gave way to soft sunlight in the afternoon took some of the sting out of Carnoustie. Just not all of it. Kevin Kisner found that out with one swing that erased his two-shot lead Friday in the British Open and left him tied with housemate Zach Johnson. He hit an 8-iron that only needed to go 150 yards to clear the Barry Burn in front of the 18th green. Instead, it floated out of the yellow grass to the…

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6 pre-tournament contenders who crashed out of the British Open

The top of the leaderboard at the 2018 British Open is loaded with young guns, major championship winners and fan favorites after 36 holes. Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner lead all players at 6-under par, but Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth are all close behind. The betting favorite to win the British Open? Earlier this week, that title went to World No. 1 Dustin Johnson – but three of the top five players in the world won’t be competing this weekend. Dustin Johnson (12/1) Despite posting a T2…

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Housemates Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner top bunched British Open leaderboard; Tiger Woods 6 back

Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner are more than just housemates this week. They share the lead in the British Open. Johnson, whose name already is on the claret jug from his playoff victory at St. Andrews three years ago, holed a 30-foot birdie putt Friday on the 18th hole at Carnoustie for a 4-under 67 just as the rain was starting to end. Kisner would have loved a finish like that. Instead, his 8-iron floated out of the rough, bounced in front of Barry Burn and caromed off the rock…

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2018 British Open: World’s top 2 players, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, miss cut

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – So much for Dustin Johnson being the favorite to win the 147th British Open. The World No. 1 won’t be here for the final 36 holes. Neither will No. 2 Justin Thomas. Ditto for Jon Rahm, the world’s fifth-best player. Those three heavyweights exited stage left after missing the cut. Neither Johnson nor Thomas hung around long enough to express their feelings, but Thomas later shared his thoughts on Twitter: “Gonna figure out this tournament one of these years! Absolutely love @TheOpen and links golf, just have…

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Cut Down: 3 of Top 5 Players to Miss Weekend at British Open

Justin Rose of England finishes the second round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Friday July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super) The Associated Press By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Justin Rose made his only birdie of the day when he needed it the most, sinking an 18-footer on the final hole to make the cut Friday in the British Open. Other top players weren't as fortunate. Three of the world's top five players missed the cut, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson and No.…

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Andy Lapthorne reaches British Open quad singles final

Andy Lapthorne played in the inaugural quad doubles match at Wimbledon last weekend British wheelchair tennis player Andy Lapthorne secured a spot in another quad singles final at the British Open after a straight sets win. The world number three defeated Japan’s Koji Sugeno 6-3 6-2 and will face world number one David Wagner. It is the fourth time in the past five years that Lapthorne has reached the final but he is still waiting for his first senior British Open title. However, fellow Briton Alfie Hewett missed out on…

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Watch: Ian Poulter has luckiest shot at the Open, will likely miss cut

July 20 (UPI) — He is set to miss the cut at the 2018 British Open, but Ian Poulter might have hit the luckiest shot of the tournament. The Englishman hit the improbable shot in the first round on Thursday at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Poulter carded a 2-over-par 73 in the first round to sit in 72nd place. His brilliance came on hole No. 18. Poulter began the back nine with a par on No. 10. He bogeyed No. 11 before making par on the next five holes.…

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Tiger Woods at even-par after 2nd-round 71 at Carnoustie, set for 1st Open weekend since 2014

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Forgoing the driving range or the putting green following his round, Tiger Woods instead was headed for the gym late Friday afternoon. Perhaps it is there where he might work out any lingering frustration. Although Woods appeared relatively content — a second straight 71 gave him consecutive scores of par or better to open a major championship for the first time in five years — surely there was some angst over a missed birdie putt at the last hole or the two early bogeys that put him…

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Djokovic Reveals Mental, Physical Struggles In Open Letter | ATP World Tour

Novak Djokovic has posted an open letter on his official website detailing the mental and physical issues he has had to overcome to win a fourth Wimbledon title at The Championships on Sunday. The Serbian, who returned to the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings on Monday with his 13th Grand Slam championships crown, revealed the doubts he had about returning to his peak performance days after suffering a six-month injury layoff last year. “In 2017, the injury of my right elbow was so severe that I was forced to…

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