Tag:British Open
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:35 am
 

Video: Tom Watson's hole in one at British Open

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Two years ago, Tom Watson, then 59, showed up at Turnberry and almost won the British Open. Stewart Cink held him off down the stretch, but it was the latest evidence that Watson and the Open Championship are forever intertwined. He has five Claret Jugs on his resume, and he's one of the most popular players in British Open history.

So it was only fitting that he showed up at Royal St. George's this week to wild applause and ended up in the same group as 20-year-old British amateur Tom Lewis, who was named for Watson.

While Watson's two-round, 2-over total is currently good for 52nd, we got a glimpse of why he is one of the best links players ever. On Friday, he carded a hole in one on the par 3, 176-yard sixth hole.



The best part (other than the pleasure of writing "1" on the scorecard): when Watson saw the replay for the first time he shouted: "Oh! A slam dunk!"

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:13 am
Edited on: July 15, 2011 10:17 am
 

Miguel Angel Jimenez' 'sexy' stretching routine

Posted by Will Brinson

One of the truly great things about writing about sports from home is that you can watch the early rounds of golf tournaments on Fridays and Saturdays. Sometimes, however, this takes a turn for the worse.

Like when the network that airs the tournament decides to show video of Miguel Angel Jimenez stretching before Friday round of the British Open. (Hey, did you know we're live-chatting it? And that you can get all the coverage you could possibly want right here? You can!)

As Dan Jenkins of Golf Digest tweeted on Friday, "The Mechanic" "has a warm-up routine that would get a stripper arrested."

And cost me my breakfast.



Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 12:16 am
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

Posted by Will Brinson

This is the week of the British Open in Sandwich, England -- you can follow all of the deliciousness at our British Open homepage -- and that means it's time to examine the odds, courtesy of BoDog, for various players to win the only foreign golf tournament that people care about major of the year.

As one might expect, Rory McIroy is a ridiculously prohibitive favorite, clocking in at 13/2. Compared to Luke Donald and Lee Westwood at 11/1, that makes him Tiger Woods-like, which should inspire plenty of "he's not Tiger yet" stories once McIlroy comes up short in his bid for a second-straight major.

Martin Kaymer follows at 22/1 and Sergio Garcia is a surprise entry at the top of the favorites at 28/1 (it's worth noting I've seen him even lower elsewhere, which seems insane, even if Sergio's "more inspired" or whatever). Steve Stricker, fresh off a recent win, is also at 28/1, and momentum's never a bad thing in golf.

2011 British Open Coverage

Phil Mickelson makes an appearance at 40/1, which is the level of odds where "guys with a big enough name value but have no real shot at winning" usually appear. Joining him are Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel. For what it's worth, that's probably pretty good value for Lefty, even though he's historically struggled at the British -- he's just too good a player to be given 40/1 odds.

There are some nice values later down the line, including Adam Scott at 50/1, Brandt Snedeker at 100/1, Webb Simpson/Anthony Kim/Camilo Villegas at 150/1.

If you're feeling particularly spicy, you can go all-in on Rory playing like he did during the final round of the Masters and take him at 9/1 to miss the cut (1/25 that he makes it, which is free money, theoretically, but hard to earn).

Tom Watson's a fun bet to take at 4/1 for the best senior, considering his recent success across the pond.

And, frankly, I LOVE Lee Westwood at a 2/1 prop bet to finish in the top-five. That's what he does.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Nike's new Lunar Control shoes for British Open

Posted by Will Brinson



Last month, before the U.S. Open began, Nike introduced the new Lunar Control U.S. Open Edition golf shoes (the Lunar Control with special colors for that major). And today, they announced similar plans for the British Open, which begins next week.

Which, by the by, if you feel like getting prepped for the Open Championship, head on over to our center for British Open coverage and get all caught up on the stories leading up to the world's oldest major.

The shoe is "inspired by traditional English tailoring" and takes "a cue from classic British dress shoes and briefcases" with the upper featuring "tumbled leather with patent-leather accents."

As you can tell above, the collar's got "Herringbone tweed" (it's like a suit -- on a shoe!). But the best part? The lining is "inspired by polka-dot handkerchiefs."

Beginning on Monday, July 11 in the UK/EU and US the shoes will be available for a limited-time purchase at NikeStore.com.



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