News for Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Old Course was defenseless and no one took advantage of it more than Rory McIlroy.
Matt Bettencourt shot a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over PGA Tour veteran Chris DiMarco through the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.
loved ESPN’s first-round Open coverage. But just as it will for Rory McIlroy, the real test will come this weekend.
I spend far too much of my time watching golf and other sports on TV, and during those countless hours on the couch, I’ve developed something of an ambivalent view of ESPN.
Chun’s first-round recap
Northwestern junior Eric Chun got his first British Open round off to an ideal start with a birdie at the first. Read about the rest of the round in Steve Bailey’s caddie blog.
Four days after firing 61 to win the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, Peter Tomasulo went low again.
has given a verbal commitment to Kent State.
Nicholas Scott has given a verbal commitment to Kent State.
Underdogs at U.S. Juniors
Not every player that makes a run at the U.S. Juniors is ranked in Golfweek's top 20. D.J. Piehowski provides a list of underdogs to keep an eye on when match play rolls around this week.
English into APL quarters
On Monday, it looked like it could be a short stay for Harris English at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. But three days later, he is one of just eight still standing. Ron Balicki reports.
tells you who his top five women’s teams will be to start the fall season
One thing that I have always found interesting is how the break between the end of the fall season and the start of the spring season is longer than the summer vacation for college golf.
Rory McIlroy has moved British oddsmakers to install the Northern Irish teen as a 3-1 favorite to win his first major championship.
has given a verbal commitment to Georgia.
Nicholas Reach, who is ranked No. 14 in the 2011 class, has given the University of Georgia a verbal commitment to continue his golfing career in Athens.
takes a look at some of the sidelights from a long day of golf at St. Andrews.
The tee sheet ran for nearly 10 hours – 6:30 a.m. to 4:21 p.m. – and play stretched for approximately 15 hours. It was, as it always is, the longest day in major championship golf, and not surprisingly, the sidelights were many.
Notables out at APL
A string of notables were ousted in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Ron Balicki takes a look at who still is vying for the APL title.
U.S. Jr. Am, U.S. Girls' Jr.
With the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls' Junior just around the corner, Ryan Lavner and Julie Williams take a look at the field.
Keith Tyburski has been named the men’s head coach at Colgate. Tyburski served as the Raiders’ interim head coach last fall and led the team to a first-place finish at the Colgate Invitational.
explains why Mark O’Meara has a little extra motivation to fight for a British Open title this week.
Petoskey, Mich., is a long way from the British Isles, yet Mark O’Meara has his attentions split between the little hamlet in northern Michigan and the Home of Golf.
Steve Tiley is more famous in other parts of the world than he is in his homeland, such as Atlanta, Ga., and Cairo, Egypt.
says the U.S. Amateur Public Links is proving just how fickle match play can be.
Oh yes, the fickle fate of match play. It really came out during the first two rounds Wednesday and Thursday morning in the 85th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park’s par-71 Champions course.
spoke with 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Brad Benjamin, who is enjoying the amateur life.
Joining me today on Wildman’s Summer is Brad Benjamin. Last summer, Benjamin surprised many by winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
G.W. Cable, who is Steve Marino’s caddie, may be responsible for a change in golf terminology.
Rising Korean star Noh Seung-yul was kicking himself after battling to an even-par 72 in perfect scoring conditions in the first round of the Open Championship.
We all know Tiger Woods wears red on Sunday, but what else is in store this week at the Open Championship?
Daly near top at Open
John Daly is back in the UK, but save your pounds before plunking any down on the juicy tabloids. Golf’s Wild Thing has a new, self-annointed nickname: Just call him, ahem, Mild Thing.
On a calm day at St. Andrews, Rory McIlroy jumped to an early lead with a 9-under 63. Scores were so low across the board that Golf360's Jim McCabe thought it felt a little bit like the John Deere.
says perhaps the only thing more eye-catching than John Daly’s 66 was his choice of attire at the Old Course.
John Daly might have made the history books Thursday at St. Andrews. No, not by opening with a 66 – Rory McIlroy did him three better, tying the record for low score at a major – but by becoming the first player to compete at the Old Course in pants that resemble protozoa flocking in a petri dish.
wonders what it might be like to be Rory McIlroy, at the top of his game on a calm day at St. Andrews.
I want to be Rory McIlroy, who shot a 9-under 63 in the opening round of the British Open.
McIlroy goes low at Open
On a calm day at St. Andrews, Rory McIlroy tied the major championship record with a 9-under 63. Scores were so low across the board Thursday that Jim McCabe thought the British Open felt a little bit like the John Deere.
says after spending the last two Opens on the sidelines, Andrew Coltart is relishing his spot near the top of the leaderboard.
There’s nothing like doing a proper job to inspire a sports person to rededicate themselves to their profession.
says with hardly any wind and only a sprinkling of rain, players are taking advantage of a defenseless Old Course.
The opening day of the British Open is half over, and par is taking a severe beating. An aggregate of 4-under par isn’t even in the top 10.
reports that while Hank Haney is not at St. Andrews this week, he still has an opinion on Tiger Woods' Open chances.
Hank Haney has made numerous trips to the British Open in his teaching career, first with Mark O’Meara and then with Tiger Woods. But this week Haney is in Lake Tahoe looking over Charles Barkley and Ray Romano at the celebrity event.
explains why the luck of the draw is even more vital at the Open Championship.
Whoever wins this year’s Open Championship might do so because of a simple stroke of luck.
says considering the deluge that hit the Old Course in the wee hours of Thursday morning, getting play underway was something of a result.
And they’re off and running in the 139th Open Championship.