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Martin Flores, Cameron Tringale, Zac Blair share Barbasol Championship lead

OPELIKA, Ala. — Martin Flores, Cameron Tringale and Zac Blair shared the Barbasol Championship lead at 6-under 65 on Thursday when first-round play was suspended because of darkness. Flores and Tringale played in the morning on the Lake Course at Grand National, and Blair finished his afternoon round after a rain delay of nearly two hours. Robert Allenby, Chad Campbell, Rory Sabbatini and Tag Ridings shot 66, and Richy Werenski also was 5 under with two holes left. Steven Alker was 6 under after eight holes, then bogeyed two of…

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Golf — The Open — Patience pays off for Jason Day at Royal Birkdale

SOUTHPORT, England — The grinding is beginning to pay dividends for Jason Day. Prior to his first round at the 146th Open Championship, the 29-year-old insisted that if he maintained discipline and patience, the results would unfold at their own pace. And around the turn on Thursday, that is just what happened. “You know what? Midway through my round I just felt great,” he said, after posting an opening lap of 1-under-par 69, four shot back of the lead shared by Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar. “I suddenly…

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The Open Golf Leaderboard and Results- ESPN

Playing in his last Open because he has reached the age of 60, Mark O’Meara was granted the honor of teeing off first. It turned out to be a horror. O’Meara, the 1998 champ at Royal Birkdale, sailed his first tee shot out of bounds in driving rain and ended up shooting 81. “My name is on my golf bag, I’ve won the Open Championship, I’m in the Hall of Fame, when you hit one straight right off the first tee out of bounds. . . my day was toast…

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Golf — Michael Collins’ Top 25 Open rankings — Weather looms large over predictions

SOUTHPORT, England — Time for you to enjoy the bane of my existence — The Open Top 25. Why do I call it that? Because 90 percent of the time, Mother Nature decides who gets to be in the best position to win. I’m writing this from the media center here at Royal Birkdale, and right outside there are very few clouds, and it’s about 74 degrees Fahrenheit with a 10 mph breeze. No chance it stays like this, but I can dream, right? Just once, I want Mother Nature…

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Golf — The Open — Not an Open and shut case for naming a major

SOUTHPORT, England — In the moments after their ceremonial opening tee shots at Augusta National this year, while regaling with tales of the good ol’ days, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player each did it. A month later, speaking about his schedule, Rory McIlroy did it. They’re hardly alone. Tiger Woods has done it, too. Even — gasp! — Tom Watson has done it. Each of these men, each of them who’s held the Claret Jug aloft in his hands, the triumphant symbol of not just a champion but The Champion…

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Golf — Open Championship — Why Open week means so much to England’s Matthew Southgate

SOUTHPORT, England — Open week has always been special for Matthew Southgate. “Best week of the year,” he said, grinning broadly midway through his practice round at Royal Birkdale. “I haven’t changed one bit since I was a kid. Soon as I rock up and see that big yellow scoreboard on 18, I’m absolutely buzzing.” There are plenty of golfers and golf fans who feel much the same way, but few have a tale to tell that’s similar to Southgate’s — because the second or third week of July has…

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Hale Irwin says John Elway faces long shot to play in 2018 Senior Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hale Irwin knows all about switching from the gridiron to the greens, so when he heard John Elway might try to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open next year, he just shook his head. “Good luck. He’d better throw some tight spirals, I’m telling you,” Irwin cracked Tuesday at the tournament’s launch party at The Broadmoor. “John’s an accomplished athlete, of course, but there’s been a number of guys that came out and were rudely awakened to how well these guys can play because they’re coming…

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Tee times, groupings announced for 146th Open Championship

SOUTHPORT, England — Henrik Stenson will begin defense of his Open title on Thursday at 4:47 a.m. ET (9:47 a.m. local time) alongside two-time major champion Jordan Spieth and Players champion Si Woo Kim. The Open starts at 6:35 a.m. local time with Mark O’Meara hitting the first tee shot. O’Meara won the Open at Royal Birkdale in 1998. He will be playing with American Ryan Moore and England’s Chris Wood. The 146th Open begins Thursday at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.┬áRichard Heathcote/Getty Images Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, who won the…

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Golf — Weekly 18 — Go with the old? The young? Or somewhere in between at The Open?

It’s a long trip from Weekly 18 headquarters to this week’s Open Championship. How long? Long enough to ponder anagrams for Royal Birkdale, which include Bad Roar Likely (but at least never a “Baba Booey” over here), Ladylike Arbor (strange for a links course), A Dorky Liberal (hey, it’s not a Trump-owned venue) and Railroad By Elk (an obvious reference to Rory McIlroy‘s decreased social media presence — and on-course performance). On to bigger, and undoubtedly more pressing, issues as this W18 is all Open, all the time. 1. I…

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Golf — Phil Kenyon’s teachings helping many pros in Open Championship field

FORMBY, England — As the ball closed in on its target, caddie Gareth Lord knew exactly where it was heading. He pulled the flag and squeezed it joyfully as the 51-foot birdie attempt dropped deadweight into the cup. In the center of the green, Henrik Stenson, playing the greatest round of his life, had walked the putt toward the hole and then delivered an impassioned fist pump in the direction of the putting surface as it gobbled up his ball. Around Royal Troon’s 15th green at the 2016 Open Championship,…

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