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QUICK TAKE: Driver Test Shows R&A Continuing To Monitor Distance View More
Martin Slumbers, CEO of The R&A, discusses equipment testing during a new conference Wednesday at the Open Championship. REUTERS/Paul Childs

QUICK TAKE: Driver Test Shows R&A Continuing To Monitor Distance

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND | Read into it what you will that the R&A requested 30 players bring their drivers to an on-site testing facility at the Open Championship. Is it purely a matter of curiosity? Or is the R&A looking for something specific as the distance discussion continues to percolate? Might…

QUICK TAKE: Carnoustie Offers Scattering Of Strategies For Long-Hitters View More
Players agree that the rough at Carnoustie is preferable to bunkers. (Photo: REUTERS/Paul Childs)

QUICK TAKE: Carnoustie Offers Scattering Of Strategies For Long-Hitters

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND | The question inside the question at the Open Championship as it begins Thursday at Carnoustie is this: Are longer hitters such as Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka better off hitting drivers around the bunker-speckled layout or adopting a more conservative approach with irons off many…

QUICK TAKE: McIlroy Aims To ’Play Carefree And Just Happy’ View More
Rory McIlroy plays a shot during Wednesday's practice round at the Open Championship. (Photo: REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff)

QUICK TAKE: McIlroy Aims To ’Play Carefree And Just Happy’

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND – Rory McIlroy has seen the photos – taken 11 years ago when his round face was topped by bouncy, curly brown hair as he captured low amateur honors at Carnoustie in his first Open Championship – and laughs. “It’s good memories,” McIlroy said Wednesday. “When I looked…

QUICK TAKE: Americans’ Successful Major Run A Hot Topic View More
Masters winner Patrick Reed is a part of the Americans' success at recent majors. (Photo: Craig Brough, Reuters)

QUICK TAKE: Americans’ Successful Major Run A Hot Topic

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND – Consider the striking contrast between the recent major championship winners in men’s tennis and men’s professional golf. Each of the last eight tennis major championships have been won by men 30 years or older, most recently Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, none of them Americans. On the golf…

QUICK TAKE: Woods Aims To Capitalize On Firm Open Championship Conditions View More
Tiger Woods practices Tuesday at Carnoustie in preparation for the Open Championship. (Photo: Paul Childs, Reuters)

QUICK TAKE: Woods Aims To Capitalize On Firm Open Championship Conditions

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND – What has felt a bit like a Tiger Woods reunion tour this season has arrived at the Open Championship, the first time in three years the three-time winner will chase the Claret Jug. If you’re looking for a major championship that gives Woods the strongest chance of…

BREAKING NEWS: Inbee Park Bows Out Of UL International Crown View More
Inbee Park made a stunning move on Monday by withdrawing from the UL International Crown. (Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA Today Sports)

BREAKING NEWS: Inbee Park Bows Out Of UL International Crown

It was supposed to be a formality. Barring injury, long-term illness or a family member in some form of distress, Monday was the day that all the players who qualified for the UL International Crown (to be played in Incheon, South Korea October 4 – 7) were to confirm their…

QUICK TAKE: Groups To Watch At The Open Championship View More
Dustin Johnson waits with his caddie Austin during a practice round at the Open Championship. (Photo: Andrew Yates, Reuters)

QUICK TAKE: Groups To Watch At The Open Championship

The 147th Open Championship is about to get under way at Carnoustie, a brute of a course that promises to punish some of the best players in the world. Unlike most other tournaments, the Open Championship tends to space out the best players in the game rather than putting them…

QUICK TAKE: Spieth Hopes To Once More Hoist ‘Coolest Trophy’ View More
Jordan Spieth hands back the Claret Jug Monday at Carnoustie. (Photo: Paul Childs, Reuters)

QUICK TAKE: Spieth Hopes To Once More Hoist ‘Coolest Trophy’

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND | Jordan Spieth always knew he had to return the Claret Jug he won at the Open Championship a year ago at Royal Birkdale but he didn’t realize the formality of it. Despite the fact that Carnoustie felt almost empty early Monday afternoon, returning the most famous piece…