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british open to pay out in american dollars


st. andrews, scotland — the british open is paying its prize money this year in american dollars.golf's oldest championship announced wednesday that the total purse will be $10,250,000, with $1.845 million going to winner. the british open is july 20-23 at royal birkdale along the lancashire coast in england.r&a chief martin slumbers says the open will not be using the british sterling this year because of what he called an increasingly global marketplace. he says the prize fund is in u.s. dollars because it is the most widely adopted currently for prize money in golf.henrik stenson earned 1,175,000 pounds last year, which equated to $1,549,590.the value of the pound began falling after britain voted last year to leave the european union.






timeline of key moments in british open golf championship


southport, england — a look at some of the anniversaries this year at the british open:150 years ago (1867): old tom morris captured his fourth and final title at prestwick at age 46. he remains the oldest player to win the open, and he was the oldest to win any major for just more than a century until julius boros won the 1968 pga championship at 48. morris had a two-shot lead over willie park sr., who also was going after his fourth title. both closed with a 58 and morris won by two shots.___125 years ago (1892): in the first open contested over two days and 72 holes, english amateur harold hilton closed with 72-74 on the final day at muirfield — the low score in the third and fourth rounds — for a three-shot victory over amateur john ball, sandy herd and hugh kirkaldy. it still is the o






facts and figures for the british open golf championship


southport, england — facts and figures for the british open golf championship:event: 146th open championship.dates: july 20-23.site: royal birkdale.length: 7,156 yards.par: 70.field: 156 playersplayoff (if necessary): 4 holes, aggregate score.prize money: $10,250,000.winner's share: $1,845,000.defending champion: henrik stenson.last year: in a duel that rates among the best in history, henrik stenson closed with a 63 to beat phil mickelson by three shots at royal troon. stenson joined johnny miller as the only players to shoot 63 in the final round to win a major. he finished at 264 (20 under) to set the major championship scoring record. stenson and mickelson combined for 14 birdies and an eagle in the final round. their best-ball score would have been 59. they were so far ahead of everyo






location is everything for a world golf championships event


mexico city — some of the loudest cheers from the mexico championship came before it even started.the shrieks began when british open champion henrik stenson finished his practice round on the 18th green and hundreds of fans, most of them children, called out his name in a way he most likely never had heard it pronounced. next up was jordan spieth and phil mickelson, followed by rory mcilroy, who all stopped to sign autographs for them.seeing them on television doesn't make them real.seeing them in person does.moments like this is why the week at chapultepec golf club was such a success, and it sure didn't hurt that dustin johnson was at his world-class best by overcoming a frustrating week on the greens to win his fourth world golf championships title.the world golf championships were lau






brooks koepka's worldwide golf odyssey culminates in u.s. open title


brooks koepka has played golf just about everywhere on the globe. the worldwide golf adventure paved the way for a u.s. open championship.        






plenty of history and scoring at the texas open


few other pga tour events have such a long and storied tradition as the valero texas open.it began in 1922, making it the sixth-oldest tournament on the pga tour schedule behind the british open, u.s. open, bmw championship (formerly the western open), the canadian open and the pga championship.the list of champions includes ben hogan, sam snead and byron nelson.it has a history of low scoring. mike souchak set the 72-hole scoring record at 256 in the 1955 texas open, a record that stood for 46 years until mark calcavecchia beat it by one shot at the 2001 phoenix open. and then two years later, tommy armour iii shot 254 at the texas open, and that record stood for 14 years until justin thomas broke it at the sony open this year.and then there's kevin na, delivering a line rarely heard at t






muirfield back in british open rotation after voting to admit female members – t


muirfield voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, clearing the scottish golf club to return tuesday to the list of 10 courses that can host the british open.the honourable company of edinburgh golfers, which owns muirfield and is the world’s oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last may to retain the male-only policy. that led to muirfield being taken off the british open rotation.the results of the second vote were announced tuesday outside muirfield’s clubhouse, with club captain henry fairweather saying that 80.2 percent of those who voted chose to allow women to become members. a two-thirds majority was required for change.a total of 621 members voted, a turnout of 92.7 percent.the r&a, which organizes the british open, sai






going to a new course for us open is nothing new


erin, wis. — to drive along the two-lane roads that wind through wisconsin pastures on the way to erin hills, to see the rolling terrain of a golf course built on 652 acres that opened only 11 years ago, is sure to pose a natural question.what is the u.s. open doing here?forget for a moment that very few americans were even aware of golf at the time, and the same could have been said about that two-lane road that led to shinnecock hills when it first hosted the u.s. open.then again, that was in 1896. the u.s. open was in its second year.what raises questions about erin hills is that it's the second time in three years for golf's second-oldest championship to go somewhere new. and it's even more pronounced because the u.s. open now has 121 years of history behind it."listen, if you look at






rory mcilroy returning from another injury at u.s. open in wisconsin – the denve


erin, wis. — the storms moved in overnight and kept pounding erin hills through the morning, closing the course for some three hours with just two practice days remaining before the u.s. open. no one was happier than rory mcilroy.“i wasn’t crying when i saw that rain last night and this morning,” he said tuesday. “it’s a long golf course, and it’s only going to play longer. that benefits a few guys, and luckily, i’m one of them.”there’s more to it than just length.mcilroy won the first of his four majors in the u.s. open six years ago at congressional, a course so softened by rain that he shattered the scoring record (268) and won by eight shots. for someone who grew up in northern ireland, he has the reputation of favoring benign conditions instead of firm, wind-whipped conditions.the cou






mcilroy returning from another injury at wisconsin major


erin, wis. (ap) — the storms moved in overnight and kept pounding erin hills through the morning, closing the course for some three hours with just two practice days remaining before the u.s. open. no one was happier than rory mcilroy.“i wasn’t crying when i saw that rain last night and this morning,” he said tuesday. “it’s a long golf course, and it’s only going to play longer. that benefits a few guys, and luckily, i’m one of them.”there’s more to it than just length.mcilroy won the first of his four majors in the u.s. open six years ago at congressional, a course so softened by rain that he shattered the scoring record (268) and won by eight shots. for someone who grew up in northern ireland, he has the reputation of favoring benign conditions instead of firm, wind-whipped conditions.mo






jason day withdraws from world golf championship in mexico


ponte vedra beach, fla. — jason day has withdrawn from the mexico championship because of an infection in both ears and the flu.the world golf championship, to be held in mexico city this week for the first time and featuring the highest altitude for a pga tour event, was poised to have all the top 50 golfers in the world. day is no. 2 in the world. he lost his top ranking last week to dustin johnson, who won at riviera.day says the ear infections and flu have kept him from preparing properly.this will be the first world golf championships event that the 29-year-old australian has missed since the cadillac championship at doral three years ago. he was coping with a thumb injury that year.






tough rough: us open conditions can rob drama from a major


erin, wis. (ap) — remember last year, when henrik stenson and phil mickelson played a round for the ages, trading birdies and spectacular shots until stenson finally came away with the british open title?the u.s. open won’t be like that.first off, barring a long rain delay on thursday, mickelson will be absent, attending his daughter’s high school graduation.and though erin hills, at first glance, may look like the sort of british links course that mickelson and stenson tore up last summer, stenson will be the first to tell you it most certainly isn’t.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“golf at the u.s. open has always been a bit harder than at the (british) open or any of the other ones,” stenson said.so true.in the closing round last year at royal troon, mickelson






tough rough: us open conditions may rob drama from a major


erin, wis. — remember last year, when henrik stenson and phil mickelson played a round for the ages, trading birdies and spectacular shots until stenson finally came away with the british open title?the u.s. open won't be like that.first off, barring a long rain delay on thursday, mickelson will be absent, attending his daughter's high school graduation in california.and though erin hills, at first glance, may look like the sort of british links course that mickelson and stenson tore up last summer, stenson will be the first to tell you it most certainly isn't."golf at the u.s. open has always been a bit harder than at the (british) open or any of the other ones," stenson said.so true.in the closing round at royal troon, mickelson and stenson combined for 14 birdies, an eagle and 19 pars,






tough rough: us open conditions can rob drama from a major


erin, wis. — remember last year, when henrik stenson and phil mickelson played a round for the ages, trading birdies and spectacular shots until stenson finally came away with the british open title?the u.s. open won't be like that.first off, barring a long rain delay on thursday, mickelson will be absent, attending his daughter's high school graduation.and though erin hills, at first glance, may look like the sort of british links course that mickelson and stenson tore up last summer, stenson will be the first to tell you it most certainly isn't."golf at the u.s. open has always been a bit harder than at the (british) open or any of the other ones," stenson said.so true.in the closing round last year at royal troon, mickelson and stenson combined for 14 birdies, an eagle and 19 pars, and






muirfield golf club to admit women, putting itself back in british open rotation


muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the scottish golf club to again host the british open.the honourable company of edinburgh golfers, which owns muirfield and is the world's oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last may to retain the male-only policy. that led to muirfield being taken off the list of 10 courses that can host the british open.the results of the second vote were announced tuesday, with 80.2% voting to allow women to become members. a two-thirds majority was required for change. there was a 92.7% turnout, meaning 621 votes were counted.the r&a, which organizes the british open, said muirfield was back in the rotation to stage the world's oldest major.“this is a significant dec






it's official: hazeltine to play host to women's pga championship in 2019


here they go again.still basking in the autumn glow of the picturesque 2016 ryder cup, the folks at hazeltine national golf club hooked up with the pga of america and officially announced at a press conference friday that they’re jumping right back into the business of hosting major championships with the 2019 kpmg women’s pga championship (june 20-23).“we wanted to bring this championship to the greatest courses in the country,” said pga of america ceo pete bevacqua during a press conference to announce the chaska course’s next major. “hazeltine national takes this just to another level of specialness. hazeltine was built to host majors and its members, along with the people of minnesota, embrace golf. we’re excited about this championship and a relationship with hazeltine that will conti






argentine golf great de vicenzo dies at 94


dublin, ohio — roberto de vicenzo, known has much for his scorecard error at the masters as his british open victory that made him argentina's first major golf champion, died thursday afternoon at his home in buenos aires.he was 94. the argentina golf association, which confirmed the death on its website, said de vicenzo broke his hip last month in an accident at home and his health had been deteriorating since then."he was a god in argentina," said jack nicklaus, who last saw him a few years ago during a trip to buenos aires. "roberto was 'mr. golf' in argentina, no question about that. he was very, very well thought of and liked and respected in argentina, and around the world of golf."de vicenzo amassed 230 titles worldwide, mostly in south america, but he achieved fame on the biggest s






us women's open at trump national may be unpredictable


bedminster, n.j. — this u.s. women's open is going to be unpredictable, and we're not just talking about the golf.the biggest event in women's golf will share the spotlight with president donald trump. his trump national golf club is the site of the tournament that starts thursday and has no clear favorite. it's uncertain whether trump will attend the event, which runs through sunday.the usga awarded the site in 2012 and later came under pressure from women's groups and three democratic u.s. senators — richard blumenthal of connecticut, edward markey of massachusetts, and bob casey of pennsylvania — to move the event because of trump's comments about women and minorities.it refused, keeping it at the course located only a few miles from its headquarters in far hills."when we came here, thi






fowler sits 3rd at masters: 'right where i'm supposed to be'


augusta, ga. — rickie fowler can't think of a much better position to be in at the masters — or a better time to try to win his first major championship.fowler was part of a four-way tie for the lead when the third round started saturday. he shot a steady 1-under 71 to remain in striking distance, a stroke behind co-leaders justin rose and sergio garcia."it's going to be fun," fowler said of sunday's final round. "i'm looking forward to it. this is by far the best i've felt in a major."the 28-year-old has had some big moments in golf, winning prestigious tournaments like the 2012 wells fargo championship and the players championship and deutsche bank championship in 2015. he's had his chances in the four majors, too, particularly in 2014 when he was among the top five at all four majors, i






tiger woods career timeline


december 1994 — as a freshman at stanford, woods has surgery to remove two benign tumors and scar tissue in his left knee.august 1996 — woods wins third straight u.s. amateur and turns professional the following week.october 1996 — woods wins the las vegas invitational for his first pga tour victory in his fifth professional start.april 1997 — woods wins the masters at age 21 with a record score (270) and a record margin of victory (12 shots) to become its youngest champion.june 2000 — woods wins the u.s. open at pebble beach by 15 shots, the largest margin in major championship history.april 2001 — woods wins the masters to become the only player to hold all four professional majors at the same time.december 2002 — woods has surgery to remove fluid inside and outside his acl in his left k






trump’s course may not host scottish open due to ‘politics’


irvine, scotland (ap) — president donald trump’s golf course in northern scotland most likely won’t stage the scottish open because the title sponsor says political questions present “clear issues.”“politics aside, trump (international golf links) would be an ideal venue,” martin gilbert, chief executive of scottish open sponsor aberdeen asset management, said friday, “but you can’t put politics aside. that is the issue so we will wait and see.”golf’s authorities have been placed in a difficult position due to some of trump’s comments about women and minorities. trump owns many courses that have hosted big golf tournaments, with the u.s. women’s open currently taking place at trump national golf club in new jersey.“trump (international), i don’t need to tell you, is a great golf course, bu






woods, spieth compare lists of runners-up in early career


tiger woods has found a way to stay competitive without having played for five months.woods, who said monday that he has checked out of a clinic where he was getting help with managing pain medications, still managed to keep in touch with players.jason day told golf channel that woods sent him a text after the opening round of the u.s. open asking that he call him because woods saw something in his swing. day shot 79 and said he was so angry he never called. presidents cup captain steve stricker told golf digest that woods sounded good when they spoke on the phone. woods is an assistant captain, and being around players in team settings has become some of his favorite moments.and then there was the text to jordan spieth.spieth said woods saw a statistic on twitter that listed the players w






davis love iv makes pro debut at u.s. open – the denver post


erin, wis. — an excited davis love iv bolted out the car door after arriving at erin hills and went instinctively to pick up his bag when he was stopped by his caddie.“he goes, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa. this is my job this week,'” love said in recounting the words of his father, pga tour veteran and major championship winner davis love iii.it’s a role reversal for the love family on father’s day weekend. what a way for the younger love to make his professional debut — at the u.s. open, with his dear old dad on the bag.“he’s played 23 u.s. opens,” said the younger love, who goes by “dru.” ”he’s seen every single possible thing you can ever see on a golf course, so that was pretty much a no-brainer for me.”the older love won the pga championship in 1997 at winged foot. he is a two-time ryder cup ca






love all around: davis love iv makes pro debut at us open


erin, wis. (ap) — an excited davis love iv bolted out the car door after arriving at erin hills and went instinctively to pick up his bag when he was stopped by his caddie.“he goes, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa. this is my job this week,'” love said in recounting the words of his father, pga tour veteran and major championship winner davis love iii.it’s a role reversal for the love family on father’s day weekend. what a way for the younger love to make his professional debut — at the u.s. open, with his dear old dad on the bag.“he’s played 23 u.s. opens,” said the younger love, who goes by “dru.” ”he’s seen every single possible thing you can ever see on a golf course, so that was pretty much a no-brainer for me.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the older love won the pga cha






us women’s open a tough test before it even starts


the u.s. women’s open is living up to its reputation as the toughest test in golf. it might get easier once the tournament begins.lydia ko is trying to end a year without winning, so yeon ryu is going for her second major of the year and brittany lang is trying to become the first back-to-back winner since karrie webb in 2001. all of that has been an afterthought because of the golf course.specifically, the owner of the golf course.trump national in bedminster, new jersey, was awarded the u.s. women’s open five years ago when donald trump was still buying golf courses and starring in reality tv shows. now he’s president donald trump, and there has been no shortage of criticism that the usga is playing its top championship for women on his golf course.most read storiesunlimited digital acce






us women's open a tough test before it even starts


the u.s. women's open is living up to its reputation as the toughest test in golf. it might get easier once the tournament begins.lydia ko is trying to end a year without winning, so yeon ryu is going for her second major of the year and brittany lang is trying to become the first back-to-back winner since karrie webb in 2001. all of that has been an afterthought because of the golf course.specifically, the owner of the golf course.trump national in bedminster, new jersey, was awarded the u.s. women's open five years ago when donald trump was still buying golf courses and starring in reality tv shows. now he's president donald trump, and there has been no shortage of criticism that the usga is playing its top championship for women on his golf course.every interview with players featured q






chan kim wins mizuno open to qualify for british open


okayama, japan — chan kim of the united states fired a 4-under-par 68 on sunday to win the mizuno open and qualify for the british open.kim offset a lone bogey with five birdies at the setonakai golf club to finish on a 15-under 273, five strokes ahead of michael hendry of new zealand (68) who also qualified for the 146th open.the victory capped an eventful week for the korean-american, who secured a place in the us open on monday in another qualifying tournament in japan.adam bland of australia finished third after a 70 and also qualified for the july 16-23 open at royal birkdale along with kt kim of south korea who shot a 69 to finish tied for fourth.






spieth to sit out john deere classic again


silvis, ill. — jordan spieth has decided to skip the john deere classic to prepare for the british open.spieth is a two-time winner of the tournament. he won the john deere classic in 2013 on a sponsor's exemption, which sent him to the fedex cup playoffs and a spot on the presidents cup team at age 19. he won again in 2015, even though it meant not getting to the british open until monday when he was going after the third leg of the grand slam.he did not defend his title at the tpc deere run last year. the tournament was the same week as the olympics, and when spieth joined other top stars in not going to rio de janeiro, he felt it would be disrespectful to play anywhere else that week.the john deere classic is july 13-16. the british open at royal birkdale is the following week."i love t






phil mickelson’s former caddie jim “bones” mackay to be golf analyst for nbc and


orlando, fla. — the longtime caddie for phil mickelson is going to work for nbc and golf channel for the rest of the year. jim “bones” mackay will still be walking golf courses, but with a microphone instead of a 40-pound golf bag.mackay was the only caddie mickelson had in his 25-year career. they decided two weeks ago to part ways. mickelson is using his younger brother, tim, the rest of the season.mackay will start his new role in two weeks at the british open.this won’t be the first time mackay has worked in television. golf channel hired him and john wood, now the caddie for matt kutcher, as on-course analysts during the rsm classic at sea island last november.






us open: schauffele?


erin, wi.the biggest surprise on the us open leaderboard might be xander schauffele, who shot a first-round 66 to move into a tie for second place, one shot behind rickie fowler.he's ranked 352 in the world. he became the only player in the last 30 years to shoot bogey-free 66 or better in a us open debut, according to golf channel.he is also the only player in the last 35 years to begin his major championship career (in any major) with bogey-free 66 or better. (also according to golf channel.)he's from la jolla, ca., home of torrey pines. his father was german and french, his mother japanese and taiwanese. both were immigrants who became naturalized citizens.he won the 2011 california state high school championship and played at long beach state and san diego state. he played on the web.c






golf roundup: rory mcilroy one shot off lead at mexico championship


rory mcilroy had more trouble with his stomach than his ribs. the golf was just fine. playing for the first time in seven weeks because of a rib injury, mcilroy coped with a bad stomach and the high altitude with a three-under-par 68 that left him one shot out of a six-way tie for the lead as the mexico championship made a strong debut thursday in mexico city. phil mickelson and lee westwood, two of the four players who were in the field for the first edition of this world golf championships event in 1999, each shot 67 and were joined at the top by pga champion jimmy walker, ross fisher, jon rahm of spain and ryan moore. westwood and walker each made it to six under until two bogeys over their final few holes. mcilroy, who can return to no. 1 with a victory this week, had not competed sinc






jon rahm has instant success and scheduling conflicts


one year and one week ago, jon rahm of spain made his professional debut at the quicken loans national. he opened with a 64 at congressional and tied for third, earning a spot in the british open and putting him on the fast track to earning a pga tour card.the quicken loans national is this week, and rahm is in paris for the french open.it raises the question of whether young players who receive sponsor exemptions fresh out of college owe it to the tournaments to return the favor by playing after they have established themselves. rahm already is no. 11 in the world.he also has special circumstances, achieving so much so quickly that he has scheduling issues he might have not have expected. the 22-year-old spaniard wants to play on the european tour and play in the ryder cup, which next yea






this week in golf


usgawhat: u.s. women's open in bedminster, n.j.purse: $5 million (first prize: $900,000)course: trump national. yardage: 6,732. par: 72schedule (tv): thursday-friday, 2-7 p.m. (fs1); saturday-sunday, 2-7 p.m. (fox sports)defending champion: brittany langpgawhat: john deere classic in silvis, ill.course: tpc deere run. yardage: 7,268. par: 71purse: $5.6 million (first prize: 1,008,000)television: thursday-sunday (golf channel); saturday-sunday (ch. 4)defending champion: ryan moorepga tour championswhat: constellation senior players championship in baltimorecourse: caves valley golf clubpurse: $2.8 million (first prize: $420,000)schedule (tv): thursday-sunday (golf channel)defending champion: bernhard langer.noteslpga: this will be the third usga championship at trump national. jordan spieth






muirfield to admit women, putting itself back in british open rotation


muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the scottish golf club to again host the british open.the honourable company of edinburgh golfers, which owns muirfield and is the world's oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last may to retain the male-only policy. that led to muirfield being taken off the list of 10 courses that can host the british open.the results of the second vote were announced tuesday, with 80.2% voting to allow women to become members. a two-thirds majority was required for change. there was a 92.7% turnout, meaning 621 votes were counted.the r&a, which organizes the british open, said muirfield was back in the rotation to stage the world's oldest major.“this is a significant dec






usga wants focus on women’s open golf, not trump’s course


bedminster, n.j. (ap) — the usga insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the u.s. women’s open at a golf course owned by president donald trump in less than two months.some fans and politicians criticized golf’s governing body for not moving the marquee women’s tournament from trump national after lewd comments by trump about women from 2005 surfaced during the presidential campaign.usga executive director and chief executive mike davis skirted questions about the issue on wednesday, saying the golf association will not cross into politics even though some fans consider the tournament being staged at the course political.“when we came here, this was all about coming to a great golf course and playing the greatest championship in women’s golf,” davis said.






usga wants focus on women's open golf, not trump's course


bedminster, n.j. — the usga insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the u.s. women's open at a golf course owned by president donald trump in less than two months.some fans and politicians criticized golf's governing body for not moving the marquee women's tournament from trump national after lewd comments by trump about women from 2005 surfaced during the presidential campaign.usga executive director and chief executive mike davis skirted questions about the issue on wednesday, saying the golf association will not cross into politics even though some fans consider the tournament being staged at the course political."when we came here, this was all about coming to a great golf course and playing the greatest championship in women's golf," davis said. "the






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