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Steve Wheatcroft Takes Boise Open in Playoff

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 19:08 Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:55


Canadian Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Steve Wheatcroft rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Steven Alker and win the Albertsons Boise Open.

The pair battled back and forth at Hillcrest Country Club and were tied at 24 under after regulation play.

Wheatcroft watched as Alker’s 30-foot birdie try stopped a couple feet short of the cup and then stepped up and made his putt.



Rory McIlroy Wins British Open for 3rd Major

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:05 Sunday, 20 July 2014 15:41

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf's oldest trophy.

On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.



Lydia Ko Wins Marathon Classic with Closing Birdie

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 15:11 Sunday, 20 July 2014 15:03

Lydia Ko

Canadian Press

SYLVANIA, Ohio (Rusty Miller/AP) — Now that she's officially a millionaire, Lydia Ko joked she'll have to keep a closer watch on where her paychecks go.

"I'll probably see that going into my mom's account," she said with a laugh, referring to the $210,000 she got for winning Sunday's Marathon Classic.

The 17-year-old broke free from a late tie with So Yeon Ryu, hitting a wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the 72nd hole to take the lead. Then she tried in vain — she's just 5-foot-5 — to see past the large gallery at 18 as Ryu missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.



From the Fairway: R&A Vindicated Over 2-Tee Start at British Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 15:02 Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:56


Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (Steve Douglas/AP) — If organizers of the British Open needed any vindication of their historic decision to use a two-tee start at Royal Liverpool on Saturday, it came from Rory McIlroy about 30 minutes after his round.

Torrential rain was pounding the roof of the media tent as McIlroy was holding a news conference, discussing his third-round 68 that inched him closer to a first claret jug.

Asked if The R&A made the correct decision to go off two tees and send the whole field out early, the tournament leader looked up and pointed to the skies.

"It was a great decision," McIlroy said. "They got it right."



Tiger Watch: Woods Says Watson Should Pick Him for Ryder Cup

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:55 Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:51


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HOYLAKE, England (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Even after his worst 72-hole finish in a major, Tiger Woods says he would pick himself for the Ryder Cup team.

His first major of the year, and second tournament since March 31 back surgery, wasn't much of an audition for U.S. captain Tom Watson. Woods was never the same after opening the British Open with a 69. The mistakes kept piling up, and so did the big numbers, and he closed with a 3-over 75 on Sunday at Royal Liverpool.

"I just made too many mistakes," Woods said.



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