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Up the road from the Open: the Hitler Trophy and the Hitler Tree

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:10
By David OwenHesketh Golf Club is an hour’s drive up the Lancashire coast from Royal Liverpool, where the Open is being played. It’s near the northern end of the resort town of Southport, and it has an...

18 numbers you should know from the first round of the British Open

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:10
By Mike O'Malley HOYLAKE, England -- Doing the math on the first round at Royal Liverpool: 0: Number of Beatles that Bubba Watson is able to identify, even if you spot him John, Paul and...

Justin Rose started his first round at the British Open without his driver, but he can explain

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:13
By E. Michael Johnson HOYLAKE, England -- Justin Rose's opening round at the British Open on Thursday got off to what he called "a comedic start" when he discovered upon arriving at Royal Liverpool...

Watch Ernie Els miss the shortest putt ever -- and then the putt after that (Updated)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:34
By Alex Myers Ernie Els has battled putting problems late in his career, but this was just ridiculous. On his opening hole at the British Open today, Els missed a one-foot putt. No, really....

Bubba Watson 'sitting on a powder keg with a lit fuse'

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:22
By John Strege Shortly after Bubba Watson teed off in the British Open at Hoylake on Thursday, ESPN’s Paul Azinger posed a question that Watson answered. (Getty Images photo) “Bubba gives you the feeling sometimes...

Ben Crane gambled on a trip to the Open and lost. Well, sort of . . .

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:56
By Dave ShedloskiHOYLAKE, England -- Ben Crane was able to make his scheduled tee time Thursday afternoon. It just wasn't in the 143rd Open Championship.After a frantic 24 hours of travel that enabled him to arrive...

The Liverpool crowd absolutely loves the local bloke playing in the British Open

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:49
By Luke Kerr-Dineen HOYLAKE, England -- John Singleton stepped onto the first tee and looked nervous. Probably because he was. A few weeks ago he was a factory worker at Liverpool who nobody had...

Encouraging as it was, Tiger Woods' start was evidence of a golfer not all the way back

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:23
By John Huggan HOYLAKE, England -- In all, the three shots took only maybe 90 seconds, but they told us a lot. When the 9:04 a.m. threesome teed off on the 458-yard first hole...

Golfers asked to name the Beatles, hilarity ensues (George…Lucas?)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:34
By John Strege ESPN asked several of those playing in the British Open at Hoylake to name the four Beatles, who hailed from nearby Liverpool. They failed, none to the degree that Bubba Watson did....

5 things Rory McIlroy can do to avoid blowing up on Friday

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:23
By Ryan Herrington HOYLAKE, England -- It may be an exaggeration, but only a moderate one. When Rory McIlroy steps to the tee Friday at Royal Liverpool, it might be the most anticipated second round in...

There's a reason you're not hearing any Beatles songs on ESPN this week

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:11
By Geoff ShackelfordHOYLAKE, England -- "Live and Let Die" to send you to commercial break? Say it ain’t so!Sure, the 1973 track is a centerpiece of the Paul McCartney live set and has kept pyro-technicians employed...

Jim Furyk takes self-imposed hiatus, likes what he sees when he returns

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:47
By Dave ShedloskiHOYLAKE, England -- A three-and-a-half week break, a first for Jim Furyk in the middle of summer, obviously agreed with him.After a closing 67 at Pinehurst No. 2 lifted him into a T-12 finish...

Writing off Tiger Woods? Naysayers? They were talking about one of their own

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:11
By John Strege ESPN’s Paul Azinger and its annual guest analyst Peter Alliss each dismissed those who had discounted Tiger Woods’ chances in the British Open this week. “There are a lot of naysayers out...

GIF: Henrik Stenson continues a British Open tradition, snaps a club in anger

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:55
By Luke Kerr-Dineen It's actually kind of odd because Henrik Stenson is, by all accounts, a genuinely nice guy. His alter-ego, on the other hand, might need to work on his temper a bit. The...

3 things we can learn from Tiger's first round at the British Open

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:44
By Luke Kerr-Dineen HOYLAKE, England -- Tiger Woods made his return to the major golf scene Thursday, his first appearance since last August's PGA Championship. If you were asleep and didn't get to catch...

Tiger Woods has returned the draw to his arsenal

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:31
By John Strege The early analysis of the state of Tiger Woods’ game has less to do with his score in the first round of the British Open than with the fact that the draw...

Where did the British Open's yellow leader boards go?

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 03:40
By Ryan Herrington HOYLAKE, England -- When it comes to charm, the British Open is hardly in short supply. Perhaps then the loss of manual leader boards around the course in favor of electronic models...

What they said, what they meant: Peter Dawson's R&A press conference edition

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:47
By Geoff Shackelford HOYLAKE, England -- The transcript did not tell the full story from the annual R&A pre-tournament press conference Wednesday at Royal Liverpool. Particularly when the topic pivoted to the R&A's pending...

Here are 5 GIFs of Tiger Woods' first hole at the 2014 British Open

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 01:03
By Luke Kerr-Dineen HOYLAKE, England -- All eyes were on Tiger Woods (apart from most of the eyes in America, which were sleeping) as he made his return at the 2014 British Open at...

Forget the Beatles. Golf has another British import to remember

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:41
By Alex Holmes With the British Open back in England we take a look at the trouser that has a distinctly British origin: the Khaki. As the story goes, in December 1846, Sir Harry...