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The first person ever to break par at an Open Championship was Bobby Jones in 1927. Maybe that’s why they loved him!

July 16, 2015
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The Year I Visited St Andrews

July 16, 2015

It was the summer of 1999. I had just finished my freshman year at Arizona State, and I was in the British Isles as part of a study abroad program with the Barrett Honors College. For six weeks, we attended classes in London, England, Dublin, Ireland, and Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s been several years, but there are a few things I still remember: enjoying a Stella Artois at the pub across from our…

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Comparing Jordan Spieth to Ben Hogan

July 16, 2015

Let’s get something straight: golf is thirsting for another iconic superstar. There was Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. There was Tiger Woods. And for the time being, there’s Jordan Spieth. It could be Rory McIlroy, but Rors is still a little too inconsistent. The guy misses way too many cuts for someone of his caliber. Rickie Fowler could be a star, but he’s just now coming into his own at…

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Dustin Johnson is off to a great start at St. Andrews. Let’s see if he says the greens on The Old Course are better than Chambers Bay.

July 16, 2015
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Exploring The Old Course

July 15, 2015

The 144th Open Championship gets underway early Thursday morning on The Old Course at St Andrews. The Open Championship is the oldest of golf’s major championships, and The Old Course hosts the tournament every five years. It’s hosted The Open 28 times since 1873. Take note – locals don’t call it the British Open. They call it the Open Championship. The Old Course is one of the world’s oldest golf courses. The golf here…

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What It Means to Be Champion Golfer of the Year

July 15, 2015

The Open Championship was founded in 1860 by pioneering golfers who had one guiding principle – to crown the Champion Golfer of the Year. From earlier greats such as Harry Vardon and Bobby Jones to modern legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros to exceptional talents of today such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the greatest players in the world have faced the unrelenting challenge of The Open. For 155 years now,…

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Flops & Lobs: How, When, And Where

July 14, 2015

The last couple of shots we’re learning in Advanced Elements of the Short Game this semester are the flop shot and the lob. These are specialty, low-percentage shots that today’s players like to use and abuse. You can understand why. They’re fun. But you should use these shots as a last resort – only when there’s NO other option for getting the ball anywhere close to a makeable distance. The…

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Woods On St Andrews: It’s Totally Changed

July 14, 2015

The Open Championship returns to St Andrews for the first time since 2010 Thursday. But has The Old Course really changed that much since Louis Oosthuizen last raised the Claret Jug there? Tiger Woods think so. In his first look since playing it five years ago, Woods was surprised to see green grass and slow fairways. Woods spoke to ESPN.com and USA Today after playing three holes with five area junior players…

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Jordan Spieth tees off early Thursday morning alongside Hideki Matsuyama and the man who three-putted the U.S. Open away, Dustin Johnson.

July 13, 2015
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Why Jordan Spieth Is Going to Win The Open

July 13, 2015

Here comes that Jordan Spieth guy… again! Spieth birdied four of his final six holes and then beat Tom Gillis in a playoff to win the John Deere Classic Sunday. It’s the same venue where Spieth earned his first career PGA Tour victory as a 19-year-old in 2013. That year he needed three playoff holes. Yesterday, he needed just two. Spieth now has four Tour wins this season, and in the 18…

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