Who is leading the British Open?
Collin Morikawa, the 2020 PGA Champion, is tied for the lead with Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen at 11 under. The Athletic2021 British Open live updates: Leaderboard, final round tee times, schedule, odds, scores for The Open Championship
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The Open prize pool was increased $750,000 from 2019. (Winner Shane Lowry won $1.935 million for his victory in 2019.) Sports Illustrated2021 British Open: Final Purse, Prize Money, Payouts From Open Championship at Royal St. George's
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18 July, 2021 - 02:10pm
Michael Collins: Experience. When things start happening around him on Sunday, remembering what he did in 2010 to win will carry him. Tiger Woods talked about it at the Masters in 2019, feeling the nostalgia of "I've done this before, I can do this now." Plenty of players will make runs at him, but they will come up short because Oosthuizen will stay loose and relaxed.
Mark Schlabach: The golf gods are fair. The South African has more than earned a chance to win a second major after so many near misses over the past 11 years. It has been more than a decade since he won The Open at St. Andrews in 2010, and he has been runner-up in a major six times since then. That includes twice this year. He has to be consistent off the tee and hit fairways, which he didn't do at Torrey Pines when Jon Rahm won. He was even worse off the tee in the final two rounds at the PGA Championship, where he tied for second behind Phil Mickelson. Keep the ball in the fairway, King Louis.
Tom VanHaaren: In the past, Oosthuizen hasn't finished majors in strong fashion. Since 2019, he's 37 under in the first two rounds at majors and 12 over par in the last two rounds. He had the second-best scoring total through the first two rounds of a major at The Open this week and now has the second-best total at The Open through 54 holes. He finished his third round at 1 under, bucking his trend of poor play on Saturday and Sunday. The Open is the only major he has won. He knows the type of patience and creativity it takes to win, and he's going to put his consistent play on display on Sunday to take home the Claret jug.
Harig: By making the key putts. It is the one aspect of his game that is not as strong as others. Morikawa has quickly taken to the links style; he has learned the various intricacies well enough to be able to find fairways and hit greens. And he has shown tremendous patience. He got off to a slow start Saturday but stayed steady, and a couple of back-nine birdies put him right there with a chance to win his second major.
Collins: He's an old soul in a young body. The way he played the 18th hole to finish the round on Saturday, hitting iron off the tee so he'd have a full wedge instead of a finesse shot, is something a wily veteran would do. Morikawa showed at the PGA Championship -- when he won in what was his debut in that event -- age truly is just a number. Morikawa will play smarter than anyone else, hitting more greens than any others on top of the leaderboard, and will use that to force his way past Louis to get the win.
Schlabach: Morikawa might have a few more wins than he already has if not for an unreliable putter, but that hasn't been the case this week. He has putted exceptionally well this week at Royal St. George's, where the greens aren't as slick as they typically are on the PGA Tour. He's even doing it while using two putting grips -- a traditional one on longer putts and a saw grip on shorter ones. He is tied for sixth in average number of putts (1.54) through 54 holes, which is remarkably good for a guy who ranked 172nd in strokes gained putting among PGA Tour players entering this week. We know the iron play will be there. He won't be bothered by nerves, even in a Sunday final pairing in his first start at The Open. Morikawa probably doesn't even know that he would be the first player in the Masters era (since 1934) to win two major championships in his first eight starts.
VanHaaren: He's one of the best ball strikers and iron players in the world, and putting the ball in the right spot is exactly what's needed this whole week. He has hit some errant shots that have gotten him in trouble, but he has had only four bogeys all week and nothing worse than that. That consistency is going to help him on Sunday and push him past Oosthuizen. It's strange to say Morikawa has the experience to handle the pressure on Sunday since this is only his eighth major start, but he can handle it and has the iron play to put himself on top at the end.
Collins: He plays Jordan Spieth golf and hits it all over the map. He'll find a way to hit greens from places others have nightmares about. Then, to stick a dagger in the heart of the other players, Spieth makes a few 35- and 40-footers -- one for eagle, two for par saves that carry him to victory. All the while, his stats say he should've lost by 12 shots and the "shots gained anything" people cannot wrap their heads around it all.
Schlabach: He forgets what happened on the final two holes of the third round, when back-to-back bogeys cost him a chance to be right on Oosthuizen's tail. Instead, he'll be 3 shots back on Sunday. Great note from ESPN Stats & Information: Four of the previous eight champions of The Open came from at least three shots back in the final round to win. If he clears his head, he'll have the confidence and game to do it again on Sunday.
VanHaaren: Golf is about feel sometimes, and it just feels like Spieth is going to win something big soon. He's so close, and he has worked on his swing and the mental side of his game to put himself in position to win several times over the past six, seven months. I would love to throw out some stats and technical reasons, but sometimes it's about feel -- and it feels like it'll happen soon. He's 3 shots off the lead heading into Sunday, and in the past eight Opens, the winner of the tournament has overcome a 3-shot deficit after 54 holes four times.
Harig: Corey Conners. Ranked 38th in the world, the Canadian is known for his ballstriking ability. He stayed steady Saturday, making nine straight pars to open his round before four birdies on the back nine. He's coming off of two missed cuts, but he tied for eighth at the Masters and showed some form at the PGA. He has been getting better in the big tournaments and has held firm this week.
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Collins: None of the above. This, for me, is a situation where I don't trust any of the non-major winners within 6 shots of the lead. The problem is not only the shots, but the major winners who are also in that mix. So, if you gave me $20 and said you want me to go bet it on a non-major winner within 6 shots of the lead going into Sunday, I'll take the money and use it to buy a couple of pints just to watch a former major winner take the title.
Schlabach: Corey Conners is one of the better ball strikers on tour and it's showing again at The Open. The Canadian leads the field in approach play, hitting 81.48% of the greens in regulation. Plus, he was so accurate off the tee on Saturday, leading to a bogey-free round of 4-under 66. He probably won't catch the leaders, but it's time to recognize that he has played very well in the majors lately. He tied for 10th and eighth in the past two Masters and tied for 17th at the PGA Championship. He's staring down another top-10 at The Open.
VanHaaren: The only non-major winner I could see having a shot is Scottie Scheffler. He's 4 shots back right now, which seems daunting given who's above him, but it doesn't seem impossible. Looking at the leaderboard, I just don't think I would trust anyone else to light the course up so much that they could overcome a decent-sized deficit. Unless the weather takes a turn for the worse and makes the conditions impossible, I think Scheffler is the only one who makes sense to me.
Harig: Koepka. Johnson has been off for a couple of months, barely contending since winning the Saudi International. He missed cuts at the Masters and PGA and has shown only bits of the form that carried him to the No. 1 ranking last fall. Koepka usually thrives in these situations, and he put himself in great position with a 66 on Friday. But just two birdies on Saturday and four bogeys left him well back.
Collins: Koepka. But it was karma that bit him. He decided to take a spot next to Bryson DeChambeau when he warmed up before his round while DeChambeau was putting in work after he finished. Brooks had been playing well in majors and will need a really good Sunday just for a backdoor top-5, but it was still disappointing to see his ballstriking not be what it should right now. I don't know anyone who expected big things from DJ this week.
Schlabach: Koepka was probably more surprising, but DJ continues to disappoint at majors. Since winning the pandemic-delayed Masters in November, his game has been a mystery. He had five bogeys and two birdies while carding a 3-over 73 on Saturday. He still might be the No. 1 player in the world, but he probably won't have a top-10 at a major this year. He missed the cut at both the Masters and PGA Championship and tied for 19th at the U.S. Open.
VanHaaren: I was surprised by Koepka. He had only two birdies in his third round after eight in his second round. I picked him to win and thought he was going to put together an entire week of good golf, but this round took the train of the tracks. He has been known for being able to close out majors, but that mantra might be slipping, as he hasn't been able to finish strong and close one out since 2019. He finished T-4 at the U.S. Open and T-2 at the PGA Championship, so I really thought those tournaments would motivate him to go out and win one of the two majors he hasn't won yet.
Harig: Those players 7 under par and better still have a chance. I think 6 under is too much because there are eight players to pass, and it's tough to see all of the top three -- Oosthuizen, Morikawa and Spieth -- faltering. But even the players at 7 under and 8 under par need a lot to happen -- a low round coupled with some indifferent play from the three at the top.
Collins: I'd say 6 shots is the furthest back you can be -- and even that number is a stretch. But ... someone teeing it up early at 6 under who gets in the house with a 64 to get to 12 under and then some wild weather shows up ... (shoulder shrug). That kind of weather is NOT in the forecast, but that doesn't mean it can't happen If everything stays as is, and 5 shots would be where the "miracle" will live.
Schlabach: I'm guessing anyone outside of 4 shots is probably out of it with the way Morikawaka, Spieth and Oosthuizen are playing. But Jon Rahm has played exceptionally well when it mattered most this year -- he is 14 under in the final rounds of majors. If he can make some noise early, Oosthuizen might get a little nervous with Rahm trying to chase him down again.
VanHaaren: I mentioned above that the winner of the past eight Opens has come back from 3 shots back after 54 holes four times. With the players at the top of the leaderboard, I really think 5 shots is too far off. You have Oosthuizen, Morikawa and Spieth all in prime position. I can't imagine all three of them blowing a lead over someone sitting 5 shots back. Out of the group that's currently 7 under, I could see only Rahm trying to make a push, but even that seems too much to overcome. Scottie Scheffler, at 8 under, even seems like a stretch but not out of the question. I just have to imagine the winner comes from the top 3.
Harig: Spieth was understandably steaming after his round, letting some key shots get away with bogeys at the last two holes. But he has played nicely, staying in play off the tee and hitting a good number of greens. I like his chances if he figured out those putting issues during a long session on the practice green after Saturday's round. I'm going with a fourth major title for Spieth.
Collins: Whom I'm rooting for and whom I'm picking are two different people. I'm not jinxing the guy I'm rooting for. Morikawa looks just like the guy who won the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. Coming down the stretch of that tournament, he hit quality shot after quality shot and made putts. I don't see that changing Sunday and when he will play almost mistake-free golf. He will be the "Champion Golfer of the Year."
Schlabach: I picked Spieth to win earlier this week, so I'll stick with him. Morikawa and Oosthuizen are going to be difficult to beat, but for all of Oosthuizen's heartbreaking runner-up finishes, Spieth might have been through even more pain the past four years. It's time for him to win another major, too.
VanHaaren: I said that golf is about feel, and I just feel like Morikawa is going to take this thing home. He's so consistent, he's such a good iron player, he rarely falters and he's only 1 shot back. If he wins, it will be the fastest any player has gotten two major wins since 1934 -- this is only Morikawa's eighth career major start. I think the winner comes from the top three, but Morikawa is what my gut says.
18 July, 2021 - 02:10pm
Louis Oosthuizen vowed to 'play my heart out' as he bids to make it third time lucky today and win the Open.
The silky South African survived a mid-round wobble to take a one shot lead over Collin Morikawa into the final day.
The 38-year-old, who finished runner-up in the USPGA Championship and the US Open this season, said: 'Finishing second never makes you feel great and the goal is obviously to go one better and win my second Claret Jug.'
Louis Oosthuizen has vowed to 'play my heart out' in the all-important final round of The Open
The silky South African endured a mid-round wobble at Sandwich, Kent on Saturday
'I was definitely not swinging it freely today, I was all over the place with iron shots and it felt like I kept it together at the end there,' Oosthuizen told Sky Sports.
'The R&A weren't happy with the low scoring and they put some pins out there which were questionable. (But) I'm very excited, it is a great position. I need to play well tomorrow and see if I can get rid of those loose swings.'
Jon Rahm, who birdied the last two holes at Torrey Pines last month to pip Oosthuizen to the US Open title, agreed with the South African's assessment of the pin positions, despite playing his final seven holes in three under to keep his hopes alive.
'Because of the weather conditions it's easy to think it could have been a little bit better, but the pin locations were no joke,' the Spaniard said.
Oosthuizen has been cool for the duration of the week and is on the cusp of another major
It has been 11 long years since the South African last won, having been perennially unlucky
'I don't know if on TV you could appreciate it, but those are some of hardest pin locations collectively I've ever seen.'
Paul Casey and Andy Sullivan headed the fading English challenge on five under, with defending champion Shane Lowry on the same score following two late birdies in his 69.
Scotland's Robert MacIntyre was four under after completing a 65 in brilliant fashion with a birdie on the 18th, the left-hander holing from 60 feet from a similar location to where Sandy Lyle almost came to grief on the 72nd hole of his title win in 1985.
'Obviously it was a bonus there at 18,' said the 24-year-old, who was sixth on his Open debut at Royal Portrush in 2019 and has made the cut in all seven of his major appearances to date.
Oosthuizen must stave off the challenge of Collin Morikawa in Sunday's fourth and final round
'You are not expecting to hole that, you are just trying to get down in two. But my pace was great all day and I managed to put good pace on it, had a decent line and it went in.'
The anticipated charge from the likes of world number one Dustin Johnson and four-time major winner Brooks Koepka failed to materialise, Johnson carding a 73 and Koepka shooting 72 to lie four and three under respectively.
Bryson DeChambeau, whose complaint following his opening round that his driver 'sucks' prompted an angry response from his club manufacturers, was in the second group out on Saturday and shot 72 to finish three over.
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18 July, 2021 - 01:43pm
United States’ Jordan Spieth reacts after missing a put on the 16th during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George’s golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
Jordan Spieth put on a Sunday charge that gave him a chance to win the British Open.
When it came up short, all he could think about was his Saturday meltdown, a bogey-bogey finish when he was in position to make birdie.
“Had I finished par-par, I’d have been in the final group. And if you’re in the final group, you feel like you have control,” Spieth said. “Obviously, those two strokes were important.”
Slowed by two bogeys over the opening six holes in the final round at Royal St. George’s, the three-time major champion began his rally with an eagle putt on the par-5 seventh hole and played the final holes in 6 under for a closing round of 4-under 66.
He wound up two shots behind Collin Morikawa, who played bogey-free over the final 31 holes and didn’t give Spieth or anyone else the help they needed.
Even more disheartening for Spieth is that the hallmark of his game — wedge and a putter — is what ultimately cost him a shot at his fourth major, and second British Open.
“The finish yesterday was about as upset as I’ve taken a finish of a round to the house,” said Spieth, who refused to speak to the media after his third round. “I walked in and wanted to … I said, ‘Is there something that I can break?’ I knew that was so important because I would have been in the final group.”
Tied for the lead as he stood in the 17th fairway Saturday afternoon, just under 60 yards to the pin, he came up short of the false front, hit putter from the fairway too strong and turned a birdie chance into a bogey. And then it got worse.
He had an uphill 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th that he missed, and what should have been a tap-in par from 2 feet barely hit the hole. Another bogey.
Instead of being in the final group, he was three shots behind and looking over his shoulder.
On the one hand, having to chase can give him freedom to fire at flags. But he spent the back nine making birdies and wondering what Morikawa was doing behind him.
“It’s a lot nicer when stuff’s happening in front of you and you can control, you can still birdie that hole,” Spieth said. “I get off the 16th today and it’s like, ‘Well, they could birdie behind, and there’s nothing I can do about it now.’
“When you’re the last to come in you’ve got the last chance on 18, and I think that’s the easiest place to come from, especially when it’s easier conditions.”
Spieth birdied the 13th and 14th holes to get within one shot. His birdie putt on the 15th hole burned the edge of the cup.
Behind him, Morikawa came up short of the ridge on the par-5 14th, leaving himself a 20-foot birdie attempt. He poured it in to restore the lead to two shots. On the 15th, the 24-year-old Californian had a rare miss with an iron, pulling it into thick grass left of the green. He chipped on to 12 feet and made as important a par putt as he made all day.
“I needed a break, and I didn’t get it from him,” Spieth said. “I did all I could. So I’m upset because I really felt like I played well enough to win and made a couple of really dumb mistakes that possibly, if I had maybe played the week before, wouldn’t have made.”
That was a reference to taking three weeks off after the U.S. Open, returning to competition at the final major of the year. Then again, a three-week break before the British Open worked for him when he won at Royal Birkdale in 2017.
“But at the same time, I did everything I could in the past few hours to win this championship,” Spieth said.
He had one last good look from 12 feet by the 17th hole that stayed out to the right, and he found thick grass left of the 18th fairway. He did well to get it on the green, some 40 feet away, and had to settle for par.
Ultimately, he had to settle for the silver medal. It was his first runner-up finish in a major since he lost a five-shot lead on the back nine in the 2016 Masters and had to help Danny Willett into the green jacket.
The majors are over for the year, though Spieth’s game clearly is trending.
He ended nearly four years without a victory at the Texas Open in April. This was his seventh finish in the top 15 in his last 14 tournaments dating to February. He is back up to No. 14 in the world, one spot ahead of Rory McIlroy. Spieth was at No. 92 some six months ago.
“I hit shots that are still uncomfortable for me, getting over some scar tissue,” he said of his recent slump. “It was a good week. I played well enough to win this week. I haven’t felt that way in a major in quite a while. Under major championship pressure on the weekend, my swing held up nicely.”
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(NEXSTAR) - The parents of an estimated 60 million American children began receiving child tax credit payments from the IRS this week in a move expected to lift millions of families above the poverty baseline for the remainder of 2021.
As many parents know by now, the payments differ from stimulus checks in that they are not completely new funds, but rather an advanced payment on the Child Tax Credit parents already were deducting from their taxes at filing time. The total value of the credit was beefed up for 2021 as part of the Biden administration's American Rescue Plan. This year, parents are getting half of the funds in advance and the rest when filing is done next spring. That means the monthly check payments will run out at the start of 2022.
A survey of 2,000 American parents over 30 reveals this breaks down to about 219 hours for every year of parenting. The average respondent gets so distracted that they lose focus in up to three tasks a day — resulting in a loss of 36 minutes daily. Six in 10 blame “the blur” of not getting enough sleep and having low energy as the reason they don’t always properly hydrate (44%), miss meals (33%), and even forget birthdays (28%).
After several 911 calls, TCSO deputies reported to the Dessau Mini Mart located at 12915 Dessau Road around 9:07 p.m. The victim was found and taken to a local hospital, where he died later that night.
18 July, 2021 - 11:50am
What's trending in the sports world today.
The Open Championship has delivered excitement both on and off the course this week.
On the course, it’s shaping up to be a great finish on Sunday afternoon. Collin Morikawa is leading the field, though Jordan Spieth is storming from behind. Morikawa is at -15 for the tournament, while Spieth is at -13. We should get an exciting finish on Sunday afternoon.
Off of the course, there have been several viral fan moments. None were more viral than the shirtless fan who made the Twitter rounds earlier this weekend.
Former collegiate golfer turned sports media personality Paige Spiranac had perhaps the best take on the shirtless fan.
But yet people in my mentions telling me to cover up pic.twitter.com/MMvcS6cb2N
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) July 17, 2021
Spiranac, who played collegiately at the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, has faced some criticism from the golf “purists” for her on-course outfits.
The final round of The Open Championship, meanwhile, is currently airing on NBC.
Morikawa, 24, is attempting to win his second major championship. The California native took home the PGA Championship win last year.
The former Cal-Berkeley golfer is currently two strokes up with four holes to play.
Andrew Holleran is the managing editor at The Spun.