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Day 7: Sunday
• Unique journey: Our Sean Martin caught up with George Coetzee, who has turned around his game in 2011 after first turning around his life off the course. STORY.
Day 6: Saturday
• Talent to the top: Darren Clarke’s game says that he should have won a major by now. His obstacle? His anger. STORY.
• 5 Things: Americans are knocking on the door at the British Open. 5 THINGS.
• Fighting back: Tom Watson proved yet again why he’s one of the best foul-weather players in the game, shooting a 2-over 72 in nasty conditions Saturday. STORY.
• Still standing: Rickie Fowler excelled in tough conditions Saturday, and remains in contention at the British Open. STORY.
• Coming of age: Gary Woodland may be new to the concept of links golf, but he showed grit and determination through his Saturday play. STORY.
• True links experience: Rain and swirling winds Saturday at Royal St. George’s could make things interesting during Round 3 of the Open Championship. STORY.
• Anything but easy: Aussie Matthew Millar, the first man off the course on a rainy and windy Saturday, described difficult course conditions. STORY.
Day 5: Friday
• Tale of two Toms: Tom Watson picked up a hole-in-one on Friday, while amateur Tom Lewis came back to Earth. STORY.
• 5 things: Darren Clarke and Lucas Glover lead a tightly packed leaderboard heading into the weekend at the British Open. STORY.
• Down and out: Royal St. George’s was not kind to the world’s top-ranked players. Take a look at where the cut fell at the British Open. STORY.
• Eyes on the Irishmen: For Rory McIlory, the familiar face of fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke atop the Open leaderboard provided some incentive. STORY.
• Ailing golfer: Dustin Johnson is climbing the leaderboard at Royal St. George’s despite fighting a sore throat and swollen glands. STORY.
• Living large: Darren Clarke admits he is a bit overweight, but he might play better that way. STORY.
• A grinder: Lucas Glover hasn’t had much luck in the Open, but that is changing this week. STORY.
• Notes: Tom Watson to see another Open weekend, while Phil Mickelson exorcises his Open demons. NOTES.
• Photos: Check out images from Friday’s second round at Royal St. George’s. PHOTOS.
Day 4: Thursday
• Martin: Tom Lewis? Sean Martin explains the backstory on the 20-year-old surprise amateur leader. COLUMN
• Rude: Which player is happiest that Thomas Bjorn is leading? It might just be Vijay Singh, the man Bjorn replaced in the Open field. PERSPECTIVE
• Martin: Rory McIlroy, who opened with a 71, was sluggish but still in contention at the Open. COMMENTARY
• Rude: Recent history suggests elderly golfers can contend at the Open. Mark Calcavecchia continued that trend. COMMENTARY
• Notes: Jerry Kelly’s start at the Open was ironic in many ways. NOTES.
• Tait: Bjorn’s opening 65 at the Open was like a fairy tale. COMMENTARY
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Day 3: Wednesday
• Notes: Stricker still flying under the radar. NOTES.
• 5 Things: St. George’s presents some quirkiness. 5 THINGS.
• Notes Jim McCabe writes that Steve Stricker, despite a victory at last week’s John Deere Classic, is still flying under the radar at the Open. STORY.
• 5 Things Sean Martin on why Royal St. George’s is being described by many as one of the oddest courses on the Open rota. COMMENTARY.
• His turn? Will Lee Westwood have a major breakthrough this week? Jeff Rude weighs in. COMMENTARY.
• Underdog: Charl Schwartzel might have won the Masters, but he is getting little respect from oddsmakers. STORY.
• Honoring Seve: British Open organizers will pay tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros. STORY.
• Royal return? With Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy having won a major in the past 14 months, there is pressure to take the British Open back to Royal Protrush in Ireland. STORY.
Day 2: Tuesday
• Loving links: Following Mickelson, DJ, Overton & Rickie Fowler you can’t help but fall in love with links golf. STORY.
• High expectations: No one has more lofty goals than Rory McIlroy himself. STORY.
• Moving on: Mickelson ready to put Open woes behind him. STORY.
• Notes: Overton lends Lefty a hand. NOTEBOOK.
• Oddsmakers: Looking to plunk down some cash on the British Open? Alistair Tait has you covered. STORY
• Flashback: Our partners at TourPlayers.com take us back to Ben Curtis in 2003. VIDEO.
• Fantasy tip sheet: Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are the favorites of our panelists. TIPS.
• Different memory: Ben Curtis’ unlikely title is what most remember about 2003 at Royal St. George’s. For our Jim Achenbach, his memory is scarred by the thought of a gun-toting farmer. COMMENTARY.
• Daily blog: Weather plays a critical role in success at the British Open. BLOGS.
Day 1: Monday
• British Open blog: Jeff Rude is all banged up because of his love affair with the British Open. STORY
• Believing in J.B.: Jeff Rude has his reasons, but he’s giving some love to J.B. Holmes and Jonathan Byrd. STORY.
• Tee times: Check out the pairings for Thursday and Friday. TEE TIMES.
• Waiting game: Thomas Bjorn is waiting for a chance to get into the field as the first alternate. STORY.
• Pairings party: Rory McIlroy will be paired with Rickie Fowler again, and other intriguing pairings. STORY.
• Quick facts: What you need to know about this week’s British Open. STORY
• Hole-by-hole: Breaking down Royal St. George’s. STORY
• Royal history: A look at the other British Opens at Royal St. George’s. STORY
• Players to watch: 20 players that could win the British Open. STORY
• Unlikely champs: From Ben Curtis to Todd Hamilton, British Open produces unheralded champs. STORY
• A new stage: Ben Curtis fought off the big names to steal the show at the 2003 British Open. STORY
• No surprise: Tiger’s withdrawal from the British Open should surprise no one, says Sean Martin. STORY
• Jeff Rude: Who will win the British Open? Follow the trends. STORY
• Moving on: Thomas Bjorn has put his defeat at Royal St. George’s behind him. STORY
• Control freak: Royal St. George’s demands control. STORY
Historical photo galleries
• British Open in the 2000s. PHOTOS
• British Open in the 1990s. PHOTOS
• British Open in the 1980s. PHOTOS
• British Open in the 1970s. PHOTOS
• British Open in the 1960s. PHOTOS
• British Open in the 1950s. PHOTOS