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OPINION: Caddie Helps Change Rory’s Direction View More
Rory McIlroy stayed patient and recovered from a rough opening nine at the Open Championship. (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

OPINION: Caddie Helps Change Rory’s Direction

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND – Two more long, windy and potentially rainy days remain and there is ground to be made up on the Open Championship scoreboard but it’s possible that in a perfectly timed and brilliantly biting comment on Thursday, caddie J.P. Fitzgerald may have stirred the beast in Rory McIlroy…

QUICK TAKE: Stenson Perseveres Despite Burglary View More
Henrik Stenson played the second round of the Open Championship, trying to forget the burglary at his rental home the day before. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)

QUICK TAKE: Stenson Perseveres Despite Burglary

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND | Henrik Stenson, the defending Open champion, finished Thursday at 1-under par and minus his clothes, his credit cards and his watches. The house where he is staying had been looted while he was out on the course. “When I finished my (first) round, I was informed that…

QUICK TAKE: Mickelson Misses Cut ‘With Flair’ View More
It was a tough couple of days for Phil Mickelson at the Open Championship. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)

QUICK TAKE: Mickelson Misses Cut ‘With Flair’

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND | The good news for Phil Mickelson is he made a birdie at Royal Birkdale on Friday – actually four of them – after not making a birdie in the first round of the Open Championship. The bad news is Mickelson tacked on a second-round 77 to his…

QUICK TAKE: Winds Assert Friday Sway View More
Canada's Austin Connelly dressed for the weather, then shot 2-over-par Friday to stay near the top of the leaderboard. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)

QUICK TAKE: Winds Assert Friday Sway

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND | With a few exceptions, competitors in second round of the 146th Open Championship were struggling to match their Thursday scores. A buffeting wind was in the driving seat and making for problems on every one of the 18 holes. With the wind, the players had trouble staying…

WATCH: Three Americans Share Open Championship Lead View More
Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar raced out to hot starts at Royal Birkdale. (Photo Credit: Hannah McKay, Reuters)

WATCH: Three Americans Share Open Championship Lead

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND | What a leaderboard. Americans Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka handed in a couple of morning 65s. Then, by way of keeping a long, long day well and truly alive, Matt Kuchar, out at 1:37 pm UK time, sped to the turn in 29 on his way to…

QUICK TAKE: Sunny Skies Not Expected To Last At Birkdale View More
Spectators huddle under umbrellas early in the morning of the first round at Royal Birkdale. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)

QUICK TAKE: Sunny Skies Not Expected To Last At Birkdale

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND – A gift arrived Thursday afternoon at the Open Championship. The sunshine. Relatively gentle breezes. And almost no hint that when Mark O’Meara hit the opening tee shot at 6:45 a.m. at Royal Birkdale the weather was frightful. It was cold. It was blowing. It was raining. The…