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David Dusek
Rickie Fowler's golf equipment at the 2014 British  Open.
Rickie Fowler's golf equipment at the 2014 British Open.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Rickie Fowler is using this week at the Open Championship:

DRIVER: Cobra BiO Cell Pro (9.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Cobra BiO Cell (13.5 degrees with an Aldila Tour Blue TX 75 shaft)

IRONS: Cobra AMP Forged (3-iron with a Matrix OZIK hM2 X shaft), AMP Cell Pro (4-9 with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Cobra Tour Trusty (47, 51, 55, 59 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport Prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x ...

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Alistair Tait
Tiger Woods was one of many players who wore a black ribbon on their hat Saturday in honor of Bob Torrance.
Tiger Woods was one of many players who wore a black ribbon on their hat Saturday in honor of Bob Torrance.

HOYLAKE, England – What did Bob Torrance mean to golf? The black ribbons on the hats of competitors in the 143rd Open Championship said it all.

Torrance died yesterday at age 82 after a long battle with cancer. Players sported the black ribbons as a mark of respect to one of the greatest coaches the game has ever seen.

“It’s the end of an era,” said Stephen Gallacher, who worked with Torrance for many years.

“He was a character and had a lot of wisdom.”

When asked if he had any stories that would amplify Torrance’s larger-than-life character, Gallacher ...

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Alex Miceli
Darren Clarke's recent weight loss can be seen during Saturday's third round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Darren Clarke's recent weight loss can be seen during Saturday's third round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

Darren Clarke knows what it takes to play links golf.

The Ulsterman also knows what it takes to win an Open Championship and for him to get even close Sunday, Royal Liverpool will need a bit of breeze.

Unfortunately the forecast is for light to moderate northwest winds. Sitting nine shots back of young Rory McIlroy it will be a tall order, but one that Clarke at 45, seems to relish.

“I've just got to go play,” Clarke said after a 5-under 67, his best round in the Open Championship since a 67 in the third round at St ...

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Golfweek Staff
Rory McIlroy had a bogey and birdie in his opening eight holes on Saturday.
Rory McIlroy had a bogey and birdie in his opening eight holes on Saturday.

Rory McIlroy began Saturday's third round at the British Open with a four-shot lead – then grew it to six shots thanks to a third-round 68 at Royal Liverpool that saw him card two eagles and a birdie in his last five holes.

Can anyone catch him? Rickie Fowler has the best shot thanks to his Saturday 68, with Sergio Garcia another shot back – just in case McIlroy repeats his Honda Classic form from earlier this year and can't close out.

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, again will start near the back of the post-cut field after a 1-over 73 that ...

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Alistair Tait
Padraig Harrington (right) is watched by coach Bob Torrance during a practice session at Celtic Manor before the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Padraig Harrington (right) is watched by coach Bob Torrance during a practice session at Celtic Manor before the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Editor's note: This column was written in 2008 about legendary golf coach Bob Torrance, who passed away Friday. Read more about him here.

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LARGS, Scotland – At 10 a.m. on a cold, windy, Thursday afternoon in June, Bob Torrance is in his usual spot. He is seated on a cheap, red plastic chair in the drab surroundings of the Inverclyde National Golf Training Centre. Torrance is in the first driving bay watching Turnberry assistant professional Michael Sweeney hit balls.

A small, portable table sits next to Torrance. On it sits an ashtray, a box of biscuits and a cold ...

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Nick Masuda
Tiger Woods will have an early Saturday tee time for the third round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England (shown here during play Friday).
Tiger Woods will have an early Saturday tee time for the third round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England (shown here during play Friday).

With inclement weather expected Saturday, the R&A for the first time is sending groups off both nines in threesomes.

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Here are complete tee times and groupings for Saturday's third round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England (all times EDT):

Off No. 1

4 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Phil Mickelson

4:11 a.m.: Thongchai Jaidee, Gary Woodland, D.A. Points

4:22 a.m.: Kristoffer Broberg, David Hearn, Graeme McDowell

4:33 a.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Byeong Hun An

4:44 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Stephen Gallacher, Matteo Manassero ...

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David Dusek

Rory McIlroy talks about his Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 driver with Golfweek's David Dusek.

Jeff Rude
There weren't a lot of smiles to go around for Tiger Woods after he carded a dismal 5-over 77 on Friday at the British Open.
There weren't a lot of smiles to go around for Tiger Woods after he carded a dismal 5-over 77 on Friday at the British Open.

HOYLAKE, England – Forget about what we saw and said Thursday. He’s not ready. An inconsistent Tiger Woods clearly needs more competitive repetitions, particularly with a driver, before he’s ready to contend in a golf tournament. His stunning 5-over 77 Friday in the Open Championship second round rammed that perspective home.

This was a remarkable reversal. The 14-time major champion looked like a completely different golfer than the man who made five birdies in six holes during an opening 69 at Royal Liverpool. We’re seeing growing pains again, this time two events into a comeback from a March ...

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Alistair Tait
Rory McIlroy holds a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson after 36 holes at Royal Liverpool.
Rory McIlroy holds a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson after 36 holes at Royal Liverpool.

HOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy has found inner peace. He’s in the zone and in control of the 143rd Open Championship.

There was no Freaky Friday for the two-time major winner at Royal Liverpool, just another 6-under 66 to move to 12 under, four shots in front of Dustin Johnson. He's just 36 holes from the third leg of the Grand Slam to add to his 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship wins.

Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen are tied for third at 6 under.

“I feel like I ...

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Jim McCabe
Ernie Els during Friday's second round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, where he missed the cut along with other stars.
Ernie Els during Friday's second round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, where he missed the cut along with other stars.

HOYLAKE, England – Try as he might, Ernie Els couldn’t muster up any of his Birkdale magic. His worst score in an Open Championship was there five years ago, an opening 80, but in impressive fashion, The Big Easy rallied with 69-74-69 to finish in a share of eighth.

That memorable performance epitomized Els’ passion for golf’s oldest championship, but the two-time winner of the Claret Jug never was able to lift himself out of the hole he dug so early in Round 1 of the 143rd Open. Up against it thanks to an opening 79, Els managed just ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Tom Watson fired consecutive 73s to make the cut on the number at the 2014 British Open.
Tom Watson fired consecutive 73s to make the cut on the number at the 2014 British Open.

HOYLAKE, England – The Beatles sang about it; Tom Watson’s living it.

Here at Royal Liverpool, just down the road from where the English rock band began its revolution, Watson made the cut in the Open Championship at age 64.

“Let’s see what happens on the weekend,” said Watson, “see if the old guy can maybe get it rolling a little bit.”

Watson and the Open Championship go together like fish ’n chips. Sunburnt Brits rose to their feet on a crisp summer day at Hoylake as an old friend approached the 18th green. The five-time Open champion raised ...

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Jeff Babineau
Jim Furyk fired a 1-under 71 on Friday at the British Open in Hoylake, England.
Jim Furyk fired a 1-under 71 on Friday at the British Open in Hoylake, England.

HOYLAKE, England – Yet another blue-collar/lunchpail day in the books, hardscrabble Jim Furyk, one of the grittiest competitors at the 143rd Open Championship, was asked about his affinity for links golf.

“It’s grown on me,” he said after a second-round 71 moved him to 5-under 139, and, depending on the weekend whims of red-hot runaway leader Rory McIlroy, right in the mix as extreme weather moves in on Royal Liverpool.

“I do enjoy it,” Furyk continued. “I wouldn’t want to do it every week, I’d be dead honest with you. Twenty-five of these a year would probably ...

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Tiger Woods ran into trouble on his first two holes with driver in hand, including a double bogey at the par-4 first hole.
Tiger Woods ran into trouble on his first two holes with driver in hand, including a double bogey at the par-4 first hole.

Rory McIlroy and second rounds haven't always gone together like fresh-cut greens and made putts. Friday at the British Open, he certainly improved his record in that area with a second-consecutive 66 at Royal Liverpool for a likely four-shot lead as he heads into the weekend.

Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia are among McIlroy's closest pursuers, while Tiger Woods needed a birdie at the 18th to make the cut.

We'll keep you up to date right here as ...

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Jim McCabe
Bubba Watson during Friday's second round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Bubba Watson during Friday's second round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

HOYLAKE, England – When it comes to letting disappointment linger, Bubba Watson employs the antithesis of his golf mentality. Rather than take it deep, he keeps it short.

The short putt he missed at the 18th green to make a closing bogey? It meant a round of 72 and instead of being 3 over and somewhat in the hunt to make the cut at the 143rd Open Championship, he was 4 over and almost assuredly out of it. “Sit with you for a while?” he was asked, but Watson shook his head.

“I’ve already left it. I can’t wait ...

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Alex Miceli
Phil Mickelson carded a 2-under 70, capped by a birdie at the par-5 18th.
Phil Mickelson carded a 2-under 70, capped by a birdie at the par-5 18th.

HOYLAKE, England – Many times major championships are won not by eagles or birdies, but by the par save that keeps the round going.

That was the case Friday for Phil Mickelson, who needed to make a 6-footer on the par-5 10th hole to salvage a par and keep a good round from getting away.

“It was a crazy par save, wasn't it,” Mickelson said after shooting a 2-under 70. “You know, I played really well today, but there were a couple of loose shots. The drive on 10, the missed putt on 7 ended up costing me another one ...

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