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Els Hits Spectator in the Face with Opening Tee Shot

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 23:01 Friday, 18 July 2014 22:55

Ernie Els

Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (Dennis Passa/AP) — Ernie Els hit a spectator in the face with his opening tee shot at the British Open, shaking up the two-time champion for the rest of his first round at Royal Liverpool.

The man's injury and Els' subsequent triple-bogey 7 on the first hole were just the start of his problems. The Big Easy will have a big task trying to make the cut after carding a 7-over 79, including 42 on the front nine.

Els said he was "quite rattled" after he realized the man, who he estimated was in his 60s, was bleeding profusely from a shot that Els said hit the spectator directly in the face.

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Caddie Misplaces Rose’s Driver Before British Open

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 22:55 Friday, 18 July 2014 22:48

Justin Rose

Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (Steve Douglas/AP) — Justin Rose played the first two holes at the British Open without a driver after it was mistakenly removed from his golf bag and shipped nearly 300 kilometers south of Royal Liverpool.

Rose's caddie, Mark Fulcher, had arranged to send two drivers to a couple of his friends in the south of England. Unfortunately, one of the drivers he gave away belonged to Rose.

"It was a bit of a comedic start to the day, no doubt," said Rose, who managed to get the driver returned — but only after he started his first round in Hoylake.

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Tiger Woods Returns to Royal Liverpool

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 03:00 Tuesday, 15 July 2014 02:54

Tiger Woods

Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Tiger Woods returned to Royal Liverpool for the first time since he won his third British Open title in 2006.

The links course looked the same — except for the color of the grass.

Woods eight years ago played on a links that was baked out and brown from weeks of sunshine. The course was so firm and fast that he famously hit driver only once in 72 holes on his way to a two-shot victory over Chris DiMarco.

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Mickelson Just as Motivated to Win Another Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 02:53 Tuesday, 15 July 2014 02:41

Phil Mickelson

Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Phil Mickelson says he's just as motivated to win another British Open after capturing the claret jug a year ago.

The defending champion addressed the media at Royal Liverpool.

Mickelson has not won since his victory at Muirfield, where he closed with a brilliant 66. But he's eager to turn that around at the course in northwest England, saying he's looking to create "some new memories, some new opportunities."

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British Open Player Capsules

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 17:19 Monday, 14 July 2014 16:52

Henrik Stenson

Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (Doug Ferguson/AP) — A capsule look at 10 top players expected to contend at the 143rd British Open, to be played July 17-20 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club (players listed in predicted order of finish):

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