News for Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Rude: Tiger finds lift at turn in Open

As out of sorts as he initially seemed, Tiger Woods would not only survive but thrive on the sun-baked confines of Muirfield in the first round of the Open Championship.

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Marsh grabs three-shot lead at Southern Amateur

Forty-year-old Kevin Marsh separated from the pack with a 4-under 68 Thursday that gave him a four-shot lead halfway through the Southern Amateur.

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Stackhouse wins North & South playoff for top seed

The match-play bracket is set for at the North & South Women’s Amateur. Stanford sophomore Mariah Stackhouse won a playoff for the top seed while Emma Lavy and Demi Runas prevailed in a playoff for the last of 16 match-play spots at Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2.

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Kim, Niebrugge lead way to APL quarterfinals

Michael Kim never trailed in an afternoon victory over Mitchell Rutledge in advancing to the round of eight in the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

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Musings on Muirfield: Players get bold on Twitter

Here's a sampling of players' posts – some of them rather brave – from the Open Championship, as well as a few from outside Scotland.

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Fitzpatrick making name for himself at Muirfield

Matthew Fitzpatrick has already been asked to show his credentials at Muirfield. But after a strong performance in his first Open Championship round Thursday, the amateur might have earned some recognition.

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In this issue: July 19, 2013

Inside the July 19, 2013 issue of Golfweek:

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Noren becomes third WD of Open's first round

An injured wrist caused Alex Noren to withdraw after the first round of the Open Championship at Muirfield, bringing the number of WDs from the field to three.

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Russell wins one for Vermont at New England Am

Just call Evan Russell one of the Green Mountain Boys. The University of Hartford sophomore on Thursday became the first Vermont player to win the New England Amateur in 23 years, and the first to win in his home state.

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Summerhays leads as Sanderson Farms play suspended

With the British Open raging across the pond, fewer eyes are on the Sanderson Farms Championship. The PGA Tour event opposite the Open was cut short Thursday as storms moved through the Madison, Miss., area.

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How it happened: Tiger, Lefty fire 69; Z. Johnson leads

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson will be among the early players getting the 2013 Open Championship off to a rousing start at Muirfield, with Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell teeing off later -- get the highlights right here!

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Opening hole packs plenty of punch at Muirfield

It started with Lloyd Saltman's quadruple bogey, moved to the same result for Brooks Koepka and then continued to haunt the field at the Open Championship. Welcome to the first tee, where your opening hole at Muirfield can derail your round early.

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Amid stress of Open, Mickelson makes a 9-year-old's day

Phil Mickelson had just birdied the 15th hole to move to 3 under, but still saw 9-year-old Ross Brown in the crowd with a cast on his arm. Mickelson stopped to give the stunned boy a ball and a few encouraging words.

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Notes: After Trans victory, Suh could be next Cal star

Hannah Suh, U.S. Women's Open qualifier and recent winner of the Women's Trans National Amateur, could be the next great Cal player.

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Out of nowhere, O'Meara an Open factor again

When Mark O'Meara won his Open Championship in 1998, he was a definitive long shot. So, after his 4-under 67 on Thursday at Muirfield, O'Meara is opening eyes all over again.

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Luiten's waiting game at Open for naught

Joost Luiten had the first alternate's spot at Muirfield and showed up ready to go. At the same time, rumors had swirled that Louis Oosthuizen was too injured to play.

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Charl Schwartzel breaks club at Open Championship

Charl Schwartzel will need a new 6-iron after breaking the club out of frustration Thursday at the Open Championship.

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My Bag: Zach Johnson, Open Championship

Zach Johnson nearly won the John Deere Classic on Sunday. He remained on form Thursday during the first round of the Open Championship at Muirfield. Here is a list of the clubs the 2007 Masters champion has in his bag.

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U.S. Girls' Junior awarded to Tulsa CC for 2015

The U.S. Golf Association has announced Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club as the site of the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, to be played July 20-25.

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Oosthuizen, Hanson withdraw from Open

Louis Oosthuizen managed to play eight holes Thursday at the Open Championship. But that will be all he plays the rest of the week at Muirfield. Peter Hanson also withdrew.

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Mickelson, morning wave rip Muirfield conditions

After shooting 2-under 69 in the first round of the Open Championship, Phil Mickelson voiced his displeasure on the setup of Muirfield after his round to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. He wasn't the only one.

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Jimenez shows off his pre-round practice routine

If you’re looking for a new stretching routine before you start your round, you’ve come to the right place. Here is Miguel Angel Jimenez going through his stretching routine.

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Johnson forgets Deere heartache with early lead

It’s not as if Zach Johnson doesn’t know how to go forward from disappointment; he chalked up last week's playoff loss to golf being golf, then marched to the lead at the Open Championship.

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Hamilton (remember him?) finds flash of that '04 form

In what would prove to be the pinnacle of his career, Todd Hamilton won the Open Championship in 2004 at Royal Troon, defeating Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff. That was the last time Hamilton won a tournament, the last time he broke 70 in an Open Championship -- until Thursday.

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Mickelson looks smart; McIlroy feels 'brain dead'

Rory McIlroy isn’t talking or playing like the World No. 2 to start the British Open; Phil Mickelson by comparison looks like he’s ready to win his first Claret Jug.

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U.S. Girls' Junior: Stroke-play tee times, pairings

Pairings and tee times for stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Girls' Junior, to be played July 22-27 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Cheyenne Woods posts 64 in Spain for clubhouse lead

Amid all the British Open chatter, Tiger Woods’ niece deserves some Thursday-morning press for posting 8-under 64 in Round 1 of the Ladies European Tour’s Open de Espana.

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Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis win ESPY awards

Tiger Woods and Stacy Lewis were honored Wednesday night as both won ESPY awards.

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PHOTOS: A look at fashion during Round 1

Take a look at the latest fashion statements made during Round 1 of the Open Championship at Muirfield on Thursday in Scotland. Which do you like best? Worst?

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Thomas Bjorn breaks $80,000 camera lens at Muirfield

Thomas Bjorn hit a camera lens on the first hole at Muirfield after hitting out of the rough.

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Ian Poulter's first-round apparel for The Open

IJP (Ian James Poulter) Design tweeted Ian Poulter’s apparel for the first round of the 2013 Open Championship.

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Olsen leads with 64 at rainy Southern Amateur

A mid-day rain delay prevented the entire field from finishing the first round Wednesday at the Southern Amateur, but Zachary Olsen had time to cap his 8-under 64 for the lead.

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5 questions with former World No. 1 Luke Donald

In a year where we've seen both Justin Rose and Adam Scott win their first major titles, it comes to no surprise that Luke Donald is feeling a bit of pressure to follow suit.

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5 questions with young European star Matteo Manassero

Matteo Manassero will play alongside Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan on Thursday at 9:23 a.m. EDT. The young European star stopped by the media center on Wednesday, and had this preview of what he sees in front of him at Muirfield.

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Lindsey Vonn: 'I am definitely not getting married'

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have been publicly dating for about four months now. As for marriage, though, that isn't in the cards, Vonn said in a recent Vogue article.

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