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Who wins the British Open?

The 2020 British Open was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the reigning champion remains Shane Lowry of Ireland. In the 2019 season, Lowry won over Tommy Fleetwood by a six-stroke margin over Tommy Fleetwood. DraftKings NationBritish Open 2021: Past winners, who has won it the most times, why no 2020 winner

Who's favored to win the British Open?

Johnson is listed at 15-1 in the latest 2021 Open Championship odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while Mickelson is a 70-1 long shot. Jon Rahm is coming off his first major win at the 2021 U.S. Open and is the 7-1 favorite in the Open Championship odds 2021, while Bryson DeChambeau is next on the board at 14-1. CBSSports.com2021 British Open odds: Open Championship picks, top predictions by same model that nailed Jon Rahm's win

What type of course is Royal St George?

It's essentially laid out as valleys between huge sand hills. It's a classic British links course. It might fairly be said that Sandwich is more at the high end of country club courses than a threat to crack the list of top 50 world courses, unlike others in the Open rota. Sports IllustratedAssessing Royal St. George's Place in the British Open Rota, and the Field of Contenders This Week

British Open: Dustin Johnson sets a wedding date, returns to No. 1 and site of one of his epic major meltdowns

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“Yeah, it’s next year,” said Johnson.

Whether or not he will hold the title of World No. 1 when he says, “I do,” still is to be determined. Johnson regained the pole position this week from Jon Rahm, but it is a tenuous hold in part because of Rahm’s hot run, which includes winning the U.S. Open last month, as well as Johnson’s sudden cold spell. Since the Genesis Invitational in February, he has recorded just one top-10 finish – a rather disappointing T-10 at that at the Palmetto Championship – and has been a non-factor at the three majors since slipping into his Green Jacket in November (missed cuts at the Masters in April, PGA in May and T-19 at the U.S. Open in June).

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“I need to step up my game a little bit,” he said.

Johnson, 37, is returning to one of his favorite courses on the Open rota, and one where he has enjoyed past success. He called St. Andrews his hands-down favorite British Open site – it will host next year’s 150th Open – but Royal St. George’s apparently isn’t too far behind.

“Put it down as No. 2,” he said.

What in particular does Johnson like about this year’s classic links test in Sandwich, England?

“You’ve got to hit golf shots, and you’ve got to hit them where you’re looking or you’re going to have a tough time,” he said. “For me, I feel like most of it’s going to be driving. If I can drive it well, then I feel like I’m going to have a really good week.”

Royal St. George’s is the site of one of Johnson’s runner-up finishes at majors back before he’d nabbed the U.S. Open in 2016 and added the Masters less than a year ago. That was back when his ability to close at a major was a big question mark. He shot 72 in the final round, tying with Phil Mickelson two strokes behind champion Darren Clarke. Trailing by two at the par-5 14th on Sunday, Johnson had 261 yards into the wind and flared a 2-iron out of bounds. His chances of hoisting the Claret Jug, the silver trophy awarded custody for one year to the championship’s winner, all but ended there.

“That is absolutely shocking,” NBC’s Paul Azinger said at the time. “What was he thinking there? He had half of Kent to his left.”

“That was a long time ago, but obviously I have good memories here, and I did play well,” Johnson said. “Take that shot back, yeah, I’ve got a really good chance to win.”

And if he were to add the Claret Jug to his trophy cabinet, Johnson was asked both where winning it would rank – “It would definitely be right up at the top” – and what he’d drink from it – “Probably beer, I would say, would be the first thing.”

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To Bryson DeChambeau and all the other power merchants who believe they can gobble up the major courses with their insatiable driving, the guardians of this layout have a warning: “Here is a Sandwich that can actually eat you alive.” It will doubtless be an emotional scene on the first tee at 6.35am when in-form English veteran Richard Bland hits the first tee-shot off the 149th Open Championship, two years and an ongoing pandemic after the 148th edition. Yet after the joy subsides at the return

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If you tell the average sports nerd that literature’s greatest golf match took place at Royal St George’s – the venue for this week’s Open Championship – he’ll shake his head in a superior manner and say “No mate, it was at Stoke Park.” That’s because our expert is thinking about the movie version of Goldfinger, during which the dastardly henchman Oddjob decapitates a statue with a whirl of his bowler hat. But the source material is actually set in Kent, on an unmistakeable links course that aut

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A New York federal judge on Wednesday nullified the suspension of horse trainer Bob Baffert, finding that the New York Racing Association acted unconstitutionally by failing to let him adequately respond to claims made against him after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test. In her written ruling, Brooklyn Judge Carol Bagley Amon said a prompt post-suspension hearing where Baffert could refute the claims was required to meet constitutional muster. Attorney W. Craig Robertson III, who represented Baffert at a Monday hearing before Amon, said the ruling confirms that “following the Kentucky Derby, there was an improper rush to judgment and Mr. Baffert has been treated unfairly.”

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Richard Bland: First tee shot at The Open ‘very nerve-wracking’

Yahoo Eurosport UK 15 July, 2021 - 07:01am

Bland was given the honour of getting the delayed 149th Open under way at 6.35am and had been warned what to expect by 2011 champion Darren Clarke who fulfilled the same role at Royal Portrush two years ago.

“I played with Darren the last couple of days and he said ‘Trust me, you’ll be feeling it on the first tee’,” said Bland, who won his first European Tour event at the 478th attempt in the British Masters in May.

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“Darren’s pretty much done everything there is in golf to be done and he had hit two iron off that tee every day in practice at Portrush, but he just pulled the head off the driver and said I wanted the biggest club [head] I can hit.

“He was feeling it as well. If he’s feeling it I’m definitely going to.

“It was very special, very nerve-wracking. I was all right when I got on the tee but when he calls your name and yours is the first shot the nerves cranked up a little bit.

“Once you got away and I hit a nice wedge shot you’re fine and settle down and it was playing golf as normal. I was hoping I might get a good draw but that was something else. I’m very grateful to the R&A for considering me for doing it.”

Bland admitted he wasn’t too pleased when his alarm went off at 4am, but three birdies and three bogeys resulted in a solid level-par 70.

“There are some tricky flags out there, it’s a major so they are not going to stick everything in the middle of the green,” added Bland, who at 48 became the oldest halfway leader in US Open history at Torrey Pines last month before finishing 50th.

“There are some flags you have to be very careful of. If you get it just a little wrong par is going to be very tricky.

“A few holes on the back nine are playing tough but then you have a couple of the par fives playing a little easier today. Seven was a little more off the left so even I could almost get up today and I knocked it on [in two] on 14 as well.

“I hit a good tee shot and it was a perfect three wood with 260 [yards] to the flag.

“I know you’ve got the out of bounds right and if you miss left it’s not the best leave, but I was hitting it good off the tee so it was a matter of just standing up and trusting it.”

Kerber, a three-times Grand Slam winner, won the silver medal in the women's singles event at the 2016 Rio Games. "Representing Germany in London 2012 and Rio 2016 as part of the German team has always been one of my favourite memories of my career so far," Kerber said in a statement.

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England's Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan along with South African Justin Harding set the early clubhouse target with rounds of 67 as the 149th British Open started in sunny conditions at Royal St George's on Thursday. Canadian Mackenzie Hughes moved to five under par after 13 holes and American Jordan Spieth, the 2017 Open champion, made four consecutive birdies on the front nine to join Willett, Sullivan and Harding on three under.

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The left-hander had five birdies in eight holes only to drop a shot after missing the ninth green.

Bland was given the honour of getting the delayed 149th Open under way at 6.35am.

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Cardiff half-backs Tomos Williams and Jarrod Evans will both start after impressing off the bench in last week’s 20-20 first Test draw.

England’s superiority on home soil ultimately saw them over the line.

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First tee shot at the Open ‘very nerve-wracking’ for Richard Bland

Yahoo Eurosport UK 15 July, 2021 - 06:22am

Bland was given the honour of getting the delayed 149th Open under way at 6.35am and had been warned what to expect by 2011 champion Darren Clarke, who fulfilled the same role at Royal Portrush two years ago.

“I played with Darren the last couple of days and he said ‘Trust me, you’ll be feeling it on the first tee’,” said Bland, who won his first European Tour event at the 478th attempt in the British Masters in May.

“Darren’s pretty much done everything there is in golf to be done and he had hit two iron off that tee every day in practice at Portrush, but he just pulled the head off the driver and said I wanted the biggest club (head) I can hit.

“He was feeling it as well. If he’s feeling it I’m definitely going to.

“It was very special, very nerve-wracking. I was all right when I got on the tee but when he calls your name and yours is the first shot the nerves cranked up a little bit.

“Once you got away and I hit a nice wedge shot you’re fine and settle down and it was playing golf as normal. I was hoping I might get a good draw but that was something else. I’m very grateful to the R&A for considering me for doing it.”

Bland admitted he wasn’t too pleased when his alarm went off at 4am, but three birdies and three bogeys resulted in a solid level-par 70.

“There are some tricky flags out there, it’s a major so they are not going to stick everything in the middle of the green,” added Bland, who at 48 became the oldest halfway leader in US Open history at Torrey Pines last month before finishing 50th.

“There are some flags you have to be very careful of. If you get it just a little wrong par is going to be very tricky.

“I hit a good tee shot and it was a perfect three wood with 260 (yards) to the flag.

“I know you’ve got the out of bounds right and if you miss left it’s not the best leave, but I was hitting it good off the tee so it was a matter of just standing up and trusting it.”

Kerber, a three-times Grand Slam winner, won the silver medal in the women's singles event at the 2016 Rio Games. "Representing Germany in London 2012 and Rio 2016 as part of the German team has always been one of my favourite memories of my career so far," Kerber said in a statement.

The Bantams have put their name to the initiative set up by Nujum Sports.

The Holland attacker admitted he was not happy but had to make a ‘smart decision’ to retire.

England's Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan along with South African Justin Harding set the early clubhouse target with rounds of 67 as the 149th British Open started in sunny conditions at Royal St George's on Thursday. Canadian Mackenzie Hughes moved to five under par after 13 holes and American Jordan Spieth, the 2017 Open champion, made four consecutive birdies on the front nine to join Willett, Sullivan and Harding on three under.

2021 could yet include a career-defining moment for the 33-year-old from Sheffield.

The incident resulted in a yellow card for South Africa’s star scrum-half.

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The former Wolves boss succeeded Jose Mourinho at Spurs.

The left-hander had five birdies in eight holes only to drop a shot after missing the ninth green.

The team, enjoying a successful Tour de France, was required to provide copies of all training files.

Dan Evans was due to play singles and doubles with Neal Skupski, but 35-year-old Murray will now be his partner.

The Lions are experiencing an injury crisis at fly-half.

Cardiff half-backs Tomos Williams and Jarrod Evans will both start after impressing off the bench in last week’s 20-20 first Test draw.

England’s superiority on home soil ultimately saw them over the line.

Since the age of five, Sam Schmidt's ambition was to be an IndyCar champion. But months later, on Jan. 6, 2000, Schmidt crashed during a practice lap at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, severely injuring his spinal cord. "It was my passion my entire life and then this happens and it kind of turns things upside down," Schmidt told Reuters.

The 34-year-old suffered life-changing injuries in Afghanistan.

Team GB medal hopeful Oliver Dustin has confirmed he is not under investigation and is clear to compete at the Tokyo Olympics following claims that traces of cocaine had been found in one of his drug samples. Reports emerged on Wednesday that 800 metres runner Dustin, 20, was facing a potential ban after cocaine was found during an in-competition test in France. However, it is understood Dustin’s sample was cross-contaminated with another sample and the French authorities have dropped the case.

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Bleacher Report 15 July, 2021 - 06:00am

For the first time in two years, one golfer will soon be raising the Claret Jug as the winner of The Open Championship. The tournament, which was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, got underway Thursday at the Royal St. George's Golf Club in Kent, England.

This year's winner will also be taking home a bigger prize than Shane Lowry did when he won the last edition of the tournament in 2019. The R&A recently announced that the total purse for The Open Championship has increased to $11.5 million this year, with $2.07 million of that going to the winner.

"We have increased the prize fund for The Open this year and believe that it fully reflects the Championship's stature in world sport," R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a statement. "As the only men's major championship played outside of America, The Open has a global role to play and we are determined to continue to attract the top players."

Here's a breakdown of the top prizes that will be on the line for the 156 golfers in this year's field.

The top golfers in the world have returned to England to compete in The Open Championship, but it has been 10 years since the tournament was last held at Royal St. George's. Darren Clarke won the Claret Jug on that occasion in 2011.

This year marks the 15th time it's taking place at the course. With the action now underway, make sure to follow along with the live leaderboard at TheOpen.com.

While the tournament began earlier this morning, some of the top golfers in the field have yet to tee off. So there should be plenty of exciting action throughout the day as more of them hit the links.

Several former winners of The Open Tournament have later tee times for the first round. 2018 champion Francesco Molinari (8:15 a.m. ET), 2016 champion Henrik Stenson (10:32 a.m. ET), 2014 champion Rory McIlroy (10:21 a.m. ET) and 2013 champion Phil Mickelson (9:48 a.m. ET) are among recent winners soon heading to the greens.

After winning The Open Championship in 2014, McIlroy went on to win the PGA Championship a month later. However, the 32-year-old hasn't won at a major tournament since that stretch and has been stuck at four career major titles.

Clarke, whose lone major win came at Royal St. George's a decade ago, believes McIlroy is soon going to turn things around, perhaps even this weekend.

"There's no questioning his talent," Clarke said, per Keith Jackson of Sky Sports. "I think he's one of the most, if not the most, naturally gifted player in the world, so it's only a matter of time before he starts winning again."

Two more golfers to watch later in the day are Xander Schauffele (9:59 a.m. ET) and Justin Thomas (10:10 a.m. ET).

Schauffele has had numerous strong showings in major tournaments over the past five years, but he's still seeking his first career win. He tied for second at The Open Championship in 2018, marking his best finish at a major.

Thomas had his best career showing at The Open Championship in 2019, when he tied for 11th. His lone win at a major came at the 2017 PGA Championship, but he's coming off a solid showing at the U.S. Open last month, so he could potentially earn his first top-10 finish at The Open Championship.

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How to watch the first round of the 2021 Open Championship: TV, tee times, leaderboard

Detroit Free Press 15 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Where: Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. 

TV: NBC/Golf Channel

2019 Champion: Shane Lowry (-15)

After a year off, the final major of the 2021 season will take place at the Royal St. George's Golf Club in the early hours of Thursday morning. Jon Rahm enters as the favorite to win and could make some history in the process. No player has won both the U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same year since Tiger Woods won both back in 2000. 

Domestically, the usual American suspects — Brooks Koepka, his best friend Bryson DeChambeau, and Dustin Johnson — are among the favorites to win it all. Since 2015, an American has won the event twice, Jordan Spieth being the last to do it in 2017. Spieth enters Thursday's competition looking to end the majors part of the season with his second top ten finish after 3rd-place tie at the Masters this past April. 

Highlighted Tee Times (all times eastern): (3:13 a.m.) — Brooks Koepka; (4:03 a.m.) — Ernie Els, Gary Woodland; (4:25 a.m.) — Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau; (4:58 a.m.) — Shane Lowry, Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen; (5:20 a.m.) — Dustin Johnson, Will Zalatoris, Justin Rose; (8:15 a.m.) — Francesco Molinari; (9:48 a.m.) — Phil Mickelson; (9:59 a.m.) — Rickie Fowler; (10:21 a.m.) — Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Cameron Smith. 

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