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British Open: Tiger, turf examples of how much things can change

HOYLAKE, England — The British Open packs 154 years of history on links courses that have been nurtured more by time than by tractors. It returns this year to Royal Liverpool, the second-oldest golf club in England, established in 1867 before anyone in America knew …


Rory McIlroy’s dad, dad’s friends win $340K on 10-year-old bet


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy was not the only winner at the British Open on Sunday. The BBC said McIlroy’s father, Gerry, and three of Gerry’s friends placed a combined bet of 400 pounds (now $680) in 2004 on McIlroy winning the British Open before …

Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had to work a little harder and sweat a little more. No matter. Just like his other two majors, this British Open was never really in doubt. With two key birdies around the turn, and a powerful tee shot at just the right moment, McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at Royal Liverpool and captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

Rory McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy looked as though he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared …

Rout 66: Rory McIlroy takes huge lead at British Open


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy has shot his second straight 6-under 66 at the British Open, giving him a commanding lead heading to the weekend. Shaking off the second-round doldrums that marred his year, McIlroy closed with three birdies in his final four holes Friday …

Tiger Woods barely makes cut at British Open


Tiger Woods has shot one of his worst rounds at the British Open, a 5-over 77 that nearly cost him a chance to play this weekend.

Tom Watson becomes oldest player to make cut at British Open­—again


The ovations from the packed galleries remain as warm as ever for Tom Watson at the British Open. His scoring continues to be just as impressive, too.

Zach Johnson, William McGirt on top at John Deere


SILVIS, Ill. — Zach Johnson and William McGirt were at 12-under-par 130 and tied for the lead at the halfway point of the John Deere Classic.

They were a stroke ahead of Steven Bowditch, Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman.

Three-time Deere winner Steve Stricker shot …

Tom Lehman puts bogey bugaboo aside, leads by 3 at North Shore

Tom Lehman opened a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 before play was suspended because of a thunderstorm. Lehman had a 13-under 131 ­total at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, playing the first 36 holes without …

Tom Lehman shoots 65, leads Champions Tour event by one

After making some putts en route to a 7-under-par 65 that put him atop the leaderboard after the first round Friday, Tom Lehman was pleased to be in contention for his first Champions Tour victory since 2012 at the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country …

Martin Kaymer wins U.S. Open for his second major championship


PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer returned to the elite in golf with a U.S. Open victory that ranks among the best.

A forgotten star for two years while building a complete game, Kaymer turned the toughest test of golf into a runaway at Pinehurst No. …

Champions Tour coming this week to Glenview

In this era of entitled athletes, a breath of fresh air is about to blow into Chicago.

The Champions Tour will make its second visit this week to North Shore Country Club for the Encompass Championship, and the over-50 golfers couldn’t be happier about it. …

Martin Kaymer blazes to record-breaking 10-under at U.S. Open


PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer shot the best 36-hole score in U.S. Open history Friday with his second straight 5-under 65. Taking advantage of a course softened by overnight rain, Kaymer was at 10-under 130 midway through a tournament he is turning into a rout. …

Graeme McDowell starts strong at U.S. Open


That wasn’t so tough. With former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell leading the way, Pinehurst No. 2 gave up more birdies than expected in the early going Thursday.

U.S. Open the place to establish the next Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson


It’s not easy to see it now, but there’s opportunity galore for a watershed U.S. Open at Pinehurst No.  2 this week.

It’s looking less and less likely that the era of Tiger and Phil will endure much longer. And while no one has truly filled …

Harbor Shores is pulling Michigan town out of a hole


BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Building an upscale golf course to help revive a down-on-its-luck Rust Belt industrial town may sound like the script of a made-for-TV movie. But in this southwestern Michigan community, it’s a reality show that will be put on display when the …