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Where is the Barbasol Championship played?

While the golf world's eyes are on The Open Championship this week, the PGA Tour will host its opposite-field event, the Barbasol Championship, across the pond in Nicholasville, Kentucky, at the Keene Trace Golf Club. Golf ChannelBest value picks to win the Barbasol Championship

Who are the favorites 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

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At 6 feet, 9 inches, Thomson, who just completed his first round in a major Thursday, is the tallest player ever to tee it up either on the PGA or European tours. The English giant doesn't have a long golf pedigree — he only qualified his way into this year's Open Championship, thanks to a qualifier fortuitously located at his home club. But he's still drawing notice all over Royal St. George's because of the very long shadow he casts.

Here's a look at Thomson from 2018 in South Africa:

His official bio notes that Thomson has the nickname "Jigger" because "he often danced in his nappies as a toddler." (British humor, folks.) He first picked up a club at the age of 5, and grew up playing with future Masters champion Danny Willett.

But there's more to his story than just his massive size. As Golf Digest learned, Thomson took a long, painful path to the Open. At age 7, he was diagnosed with leukemia. During four long years of chemotherapy and a year of recovery, Thomson could only play golf; contact sports were forbidden. 

He persevered, working his way up through a range of developmental tours. Last year on the Portugal Pro Tour, he matched a world record by carding nine birdies in a row. Even though he's had a rough summer — he missed five of six cuts coming into the Open — he made it to a major at last. 

Thomson struggled from the jump, going bogey-double-bogey over his first three holes to sit at +4, but calmed down and played strong golf the rest of the way. A four-birdies-in-five-holes run on the back nine helped leave him at +1 at the end of his first round. 

Thomson may or may not be around for the weekend. Either way, he'll be tough to miss on Friday. 

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Brooks Koepka had a solid breeze behind him when he stepped to the tee at the par-4 10th hole.

SANDWICH, England (Reuters) -Jordan Spieth gave his big-hitting fellow American Bryson DeChambeau a masterclass in the complexities of links golf as the former champion began his latest British Open campaign in fine style on Thursday. Spieth, who claimed the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale in 2017 but whose form has slumped, recovered from an early bogey to card a five-under 65 -- producing a beautifully controlled round in a moderate breeze around the Royal St George's layout. Playing partner DeChambeau crunched a few trademark monster drives but all too often found himself chopping out of thick rough on his way to a disappointing one-over 71.

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Former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he crashed his SUV in a suburban Seattle construction zone, tried to break in to his in-laws' home and then fought with officers, who used a police dog to apprehend him. Sherman was booked into jail in Seattle on suspicion of resisting arrest, malicious mischief and residential burglary. The burglary charge is a felony that includes a domestic violence component because it was the home of relatives.

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Louis Oosthuizen leads early at The Open Championship: Results, recaps, highlights from the PGA TOUR

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DraftKings Live recaps PGA TOUR golf results from the Open Championship.

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In the final major championship of 2021, Oosthuizen ($9,300; 60.0 DKFP) sits atop the pantheon of The Open Championship after shooting a six-under 64. He leads Brian Harman ($7,100; 47.5 DKFP) and Jordan Spieth ($9,700; 46.0 DKFP) by one stroke heading into Friday. Oosthuizen was status quo for the first seven holes until he birdied Hole 8 and Hole 9. He completed the unblemished round with birdies on 10, 13, 14 and 16. DraftKings Sportsbook still has Spieth as the favorite to win it at +350, but Oosthuizen is right behind at +450. — Stan Son

Entering the 149th Open Championship, English ($7,300; 9.0 DKFP) was 60-to-1 to win it all. In the $2.5M Fantasy Golf Millionaire tournament on DraftKings, he was rostered in 17% of lineups. Now, after the carnage that took place on Thursday, it will be difficult for English to even make the cut. It was an ominous beginning as he bogeyed the first hole of the day. He got it back right away on the next hole, but bogeys on 3, 5 and 9 put him at three-over after the front nine. On the back nine, English had two quick bogeys, and though he got those strokes right back on the following holes, a double-bogey on 18 was the killer. — Stan Son

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Preston Summerhays, 18, gets hot early at Barbasol Championship, his second PGA Tour start

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Preston Summerhays’ first PGA Tour start came in a major when he was 18 years old. Last fall at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, Summerhays reaped the benefits of his first U.S. Golf Association championship. He gained entry into the 2020 U.S. Open when he won the 2019 U.S. Junior, but missed the cut at Winged Foot.

Last summer, the opportunity to defend that junior title slipped away when the championship was one of 10 USGA championships canceled because of COVID-19. By the time the U.S. Junior returns next week at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Summerhays will be too old to defend. He turns 19 on July 22, which is two days ahead of the deadline and thus makes him ineligible.

This week’s start at the Barbasol Championship seems like a nice consolation. Summerhays played his way into this event by winning the inaugural Barbasol Junior Championship last month. He was 11 under after 36 holes at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, and a had a six-shot lead when the final round was canceled because of heavy rain. He was declared the winner.

On Thursday at Keene Trace, Summerhays came out of the gate with an even-par 72. He was 3 under after three birdies on the front nine, but a double-bogey at No. 11 and a closing bogey at No. 18 set him back.

“I played decent today,” Summerhays said. “I got off to a really good start, 3 under through nine. Then hit a couple bad shots on the back side, but I feel really good about my game. Like you said, it was my second start, so I’ve been able to take some experience from the past Open and put it into this event and it’s been really fun so far.”

Summerhays is watching closely this week at how Tour players score and how they handle themselves – not that he doesn’t have an inside track on that kind of thing anyway. The Summerhays family is deep in golf, from Preston dad’s Boyd (also his caddie this week), who is a well-known instructor and former PGA Tour player, to his great uncle Bruce, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions.

As for how Preston plans to improve for the next round?

“I’ll probably just need to work on my wedges,” he said. “I probably could have hit it a little closer today. I hit a lot of great putts that just didn’t fall, but I feel pretty good overall, just need to make sure I keep hitting fairways, hit it close and make some putts.”

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Fassi said the education started on Monday during a practice round at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

“I’ve been able to learn so much of just how the game should be played,” said Fassi. “For me, it's just been a lot of fun. I think I've been able to smile really more than I have all year.”

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Josh Teater Round 1 Recap at 2021 Barbasol Championship - PGA Tour

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In his first round at the Barbasol Championship, Josh Teater hit 9 of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in regulation, finishing at 3 under for the tournament. Teater finished his round tied for 13th at 3 under; Brian Stuard is in 1st at 8 under; Vaughn Taylor and J.T. Poston are tied for 2nd at 7 under; and Taylor Pendrith, Greg Chalmers, Scott Harrington, Bo Van Pelt, and Sam Ryder are tied for 4th at 6 under.

On the par-4 first, Teater's 75 yard approach to 3 feet set himself up for the birdie on the hole. This moved Teater to 1 under for the round.

On the 461-yard par-4 fourth hole, Teater reached the green in 2 and sunk a 16-foot putt for birdie. This moved Teater to 2 under for the round.

On the par-5 fifth, Teater's approach shot set himself up for the eagle on the hole. This moved Teater to 4 under for the round.

Teater got a bogey on the 423-yard par-4 sixth, getting on the green in 3 and two putting, moving Teater to 3 under for the round.

After a drive to the right side of the fairway on the 451-yard par-4 seventh hole, Teater chipped in his third, carding a birdie for the hole. This moved Teater to 4 under for the round.

On the 567-yard par-5 eighth, Teater had a birdie after hitting the green in 2 and two putting. This moved Teater to 5 under for the round.

After a drive to right rough on the par-5 11th, Teater hit his 74 yard approach to 13 feet, setting himself up for a birdie. This moved Teater to 4 under for the round.

On the 516-yard par-5 15th, Teater had a birdie after hitting the green in 2 and two putting. This moved Teater to 5 under for the round.

On the 429-yard par-4 18th, Teater had a double bogey after hitting the green in 5 and one putting, moving Teater to 3 under for the round.

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