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July 27, 2014 | 11:20 a.m.

David Horsey wins Russian Open in playoff

David Horsey acknowledges the crowd at the eighth during the final round of the M2M Russian Open.
David Horsey acknowledges the crowd at the eighth during the final round of the M2M Russian Open.

MOSCOW — David Horsey of England defeated Ireland's Damien McGrane in a playoff on Sunday to win the Russian Open, his first European Tour title in three years.

Horsey rallied after making double-bogey on the 12th hole with an eagle on the 17th and then par on the final hole to finish level with McGrane at 13-under 275 at the end of regulation.

The Englishman then two-putted for par on the 18th hole in the playoff, while McGrane found a greenside bunker and took a bogey.

McGrane made seven birdies in the final round, but failed to close out his ...

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Peter Whiteford fired a 4-under 66 to join a share of the 54-hole lead at the Russian Open.
Peter Whiteford fired a 4-under 66 to join a share of the 54-hole lead at the Russian Open.

MOSCOW — England's David Horsey and Scotland's Peter Whiteford share the lead, four shots clear of their nearest rivals, heading into the final round of the Russian Open.

Horsey, who led the opening two rounds, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to reach 13-under 203 and was joined by Whiteford who shot a 66 at a sunny but windy Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club in suburban Moscow.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson (69), Italy's Andrea Pavan (64) and Belgium's Thomas Pieters (72) share third place at 9-under.

Horsey is one of just three players in the event ranked ...

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David Horsey holds a two-shot lead after 36 holes at the Russian Open.
David Horsey holds a two-shot lead after 36 holes at the Russian Open.

MOSCOW — David Horsey shot a 4-under 68 Friday for a two-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Russian Open.

The 29-year-old Englishman dropped two shots in his first four holes of the second round but then birdied four of the last six for an overall 11-under 133.

Double European Tour winner Horsey is just one of three players in the world's top 200 competing at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club course near Moscow.

Belgium rookie Thomas Pieters is second on 9 under after also shooting 68.

Scotland's Peter Whiteford, looking for his first Tour success in ...

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Alistair Tait
R&A CEO Peter Dawson will retire in September 2015.
R&A CEO Peter Dawson will retire in September 2015.

All members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club will vote on women joining the 260-year-old, previously male-only club, rather than just those who turn up to the club’s Sept. 18 business meeting.

The Royal & Ancient, the members’ club attached to the R&A, released a statement today which read:

“A postal ballot among members of the Club on a motion to admit women as members will be conducted prior to the announcement of the result on 18 September 2014. This replaces the vote that was previously scheduled to take place at the Club’s Business Meeting on that day ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Rickie Fowler moved to third in U.S. Ryder Cup points with his T-2 finish at the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.
Rickie Fowler moved to third in U.S. Ryder Cup points with his T-2 finish at the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.

"Two words to sum it up, Ryder Cup."

That's what Rickie Fowler said of his British Open runner-up performance. Never mind that it has him 3-for-3 finishing in the top five at majors this year.

At Royal Liverpool, Fowler was thinking of Gleneagles and the fact he rose from seventh to third in Ryder Cup points – pretty much securing a spot on the U.S. roster. He also let his patriotic spirit shine on Twitter.

"Well, going into the year the goal was to be in contention at majors and play well and have chances to win – and with ...

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July 21, 2014 | 11:21 a.m.

Rory McIlroy on Adam Scott's heels in OWGR

Bill Zimmerman
By winning the British Open, Rory McIlroy moved to No. 2 in OWGR behind Adam Scott (shown here during last month's U.S. Open).
By winning the British Open, Rory McIlroy moved to No. 2 in OWGR behind Adam Scott (shown here during last month's U.S. Open).

Winning a major comes with plenty of accolades. For Rory McIlroy after the 2014 British Open, it also vaults him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

By gaining six spots, McIlroy made the biggest leap in the top 15 of the OWGR with his victory at Royal Liverpool. Runner-up Rickie Fowler gained even more spots, rising seven spots from 25th to 18th. Sergio Garcia rose four spots from ninth to fifth.

Tiger Woods had possibly the most notable drop, his 69th-place finish in Hoylake dropping him from seventh to ninth. His Sunday playing partner, Jason Dufner, and ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Rickie Fowler claimed his third top-five finish at a major championship in 2014 on Sunday at the British Open.
Rickie Fowler claimed his third top-five finish at a major championship in 2014 on Sunday at the British Open.

HOYLAKE, England – Rickie Fowler has two words to sum up his week at the Open Championship: Ryder Cup.

The orangeman is primed for another big stage and he piled on the points this week to prove it. Fowler’s joint runner-up finish with Sergio Garcia matches his performance at the U.S. Open, where he also played in the final group. While Rory McIlroy didn’t distance himself in Martin Kaymer-like fashion, he had enough of a cushion to keep any late runs from spoiling the Northern Irishman’s coronation.

On the eve of the final round, Fowler had this ...

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Alex Miceli
Phil Mickelson shot a 4-under 68 in Sunday's final-round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.
Phil Mickelson shot a 4-under 68 in Sunday's final-round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.

Phil Mickelson came in with less than his A-game, but in the end made a spirited defense of his Open Championship title.

Shooting a final-round 68, his best round in the majors this year, Mickelson leaves the United Kingdom with more confidence than he had before he hit the shores in Scotland.

“I played well, and I didn't give any shots away and kind of shot what I thought I should shoot over there,” Mickelson said after a round that included five birdies. “It was a good, solid round of 4-under. It was actually a good day for me ...

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Jim McCabe
Tiger Woods during Sunday's final round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Tiger Woods during Sunday's final round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

HOYLAKE, England – His final-round assignment in the 143rd Open Championship was a lethargic effort, hardly reminiscent of the last visit to Royal Liverpool. Back then, Tiger Woods was brilliant in pulsating warmth, winner of a third Claret Jug.

But in coolish weather Sunday, Woods was done and finished and headed back home by the time Rory McIlroy took to the stage. That McIlroy handled his duties wonderfully and earned a third victory in his last 14 major chances is impressive stuff and will immediately open a floodgate of comparisons to Woods.

All well and good, but some perspective is required ...

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Jim McCabe
Rory McIlroy after his 2014 British Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Rory McIlroy after his 2014 British Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

HOYLAKE, England – Perhaps he didn’t close it out with the emphatic flair of Tiger Woods, with whom he will be so often compared to in coming weeks. But being Rory McIlroy is quite sufficient, especially when armed with a six-stroke lead on the final day.

The fact that McIlroy made it stand up at Royal Liverpool – wobbly, perhaps, but successfully – earned him a Claret Jug and a spot among some distinguished company in golf annals. Having seen his seemingly insurmountable lead whittled to two by Sergio Garcia, McIlroy sealed his victory in the 143rd Open Championship not with thunderous ...

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Golfweek Staff
Rory McIlroy celebrates making birdie on No. 9 during the final round of the 2014 British Open.
Rory McIlroy celebrates making birdie on No. 9 during the final round of the 2014 British Open.

Three down, one to go.

At age 25, Rory McIlroy is just one major away from a career Grand Slam, having won the 2014 British Open championship in wire-to-wire fashion.

Sunday at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy never led by fewer than two shots as Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler tried to make a game of it. But entering the day with a six-shot cushion, McIlroy maintained his confident, consistent form and strode to a 71 – even handling bunker trouble at the 72nd – to finish at 17 under and claim his first Open Championship victory.

I've got a big team over ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Rory McIlroy after winning his first British Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Rory McIlroy after winning his first British Open championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

Notables from the game of golf – his competitors and otherwise – were quick to compliment 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year Rory McIlroy as he came down the stretch and after he claimed his first Claret Jug for winning the British Open. Here's a sampling:

Tom Watson, @TomWatsonPGA: "Great play @McIlroyRory especially your finish on Saturday @The_Open. Take it easy on us at the Ryder Cup OK? Enjoy the moment."

Ian Poulter, @IanJamesPoulter: "Congrats to @McIlroyRory that was an incredible week of golf. 3 out of the 4 majors already. #Respect"

Graeme McDowell, @Graeme_McDowell: "Happy with my week. Round one ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Tom Watson fired a 4-under 68 on Sunday at Royal Liverpool in the final round of the 2014 British Open.
Tom Watson fired a 4-under 68 on Sunday at Royal Liverpool in the final round of the 2014 British Open.

HOYLAKE, England – The ovations for Tom Watson at the Open Championship were long and heartfelt. Fans around the 18th stood twice for Watson on Sunday, reveling in the wonder of a 64-year-old who not only made it to the weekend at Royal Liverpool, but closed with a 4-under 68.

“It would’ve been nice to shoot 67 and end even par,” said Watson, who finished 1 over for the tournament, five strokes better than Tiger Woods.

Watson, a five-time Open champion, hit the par-5 18th in two, and excitement swelled as his lengthy eagle putt flirted with the hole. Next ...

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Alistair Tait
Rory McIlroy will take a six-shot lead in the final round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.
Rory McIlroy will take a six-shot lead in the final round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.

HOYLAKE, England – Garry Harvey could easily take tomorrow off. The official engraver of the Old Claret Jug can etch the name Rory McIlroy on the most coveted trophy in golf.

It’s hard to believe McIlroy can blow a six-shot lead.

The two-time major winner starts the final round on 16 under par after a third-round 68, six strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler and seven in front of Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson.

Use any cliché you want. The fat lady’s starting to sing; turn out the lights, the party’s over; whatever. After three rounds in the 60s ...

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Jeff Rude
Rickie Fowler shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday during the third round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool.
Rickie Fowler shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday during the third round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool.

HOYLAKE, England – Rickie Fowler was cruising along. He birdied seven of the first 12 holes Saturday at Royal Liverpool. He went from six strokes behind starting the Open Championship third round to climbing into a tie for first with Rory McIlroy through 13 holes.

But then, in the last 75 minutes or so, Fowler made three bad swings that led to three bogeys and McIlroy found a different gear – top gear – and surged to a six-shot advantage thanks to two eagle 3s and a birdie.

We’ve seen it before, when McIlroy won a pair of major championships by eight ...

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