Bunker Mentality

  • It was the greatest moment of Rory McIlroy's life. Stepping up to the microphone after an astonishing week of golf at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, and being presented to the crowd - in the R&A's quaint choice of words - the "champion golfer of the year".

    He kept his emotions in check; after all, this is a young man who has tasted few disasters so far in his career and was never going to be overwhelmed by that feeling of "FINALLY!". You know - the same impulse that made Andy Murray blub his way through his victory speech after winning Wimbledon after so many near misses in grand slam

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  • Tiger Woods looks glum during his final round of 75 at The Open

    Tiger Woods started well at The Open this year – but it all went horribly wrong, and he ended up with round of 69, 77, 73 and 75 to finish six over par, and in the bottom three of the tournament.

    After that opening round there had been high hopes that he could challenge, with fans and pundits whispering that, perhaps inspired by memories of his 2006 victory at Hoylake, he might again hit those majestic heights.

    But by the end of the week those had crumbled beneath a steady shower of bogeys, and so much so that one BBC commentator even suggested live on air that perhaps Woods should retire

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  • Dad of Rory McIlroy set for huge win courtesy of son

    Rory McIlroy’s six-shot lead heading into the final round of The Open on Sunday means he is on the verge of collecting a third Major and bouncing back to the upper echelons of golf after his split from Caroline Wozniacki.

    It also means, however, that his family are on the verge of a windfall of their own, even if not quite as lucrative as McIlroy’s winner’s cheque would be.

    According to BBC journalist Andrew Cotter, McIlroy’s father Gerry along with three friends made a legal bet that Rory would win The Open before he turned 26.

    The bet was made 10 years ago when the Northern Irishman was a

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  • What has become of Tiger Woods? Once the steely, ultra-focused and super efficient predator on the course, he was reportedly close to tears at The Open at Royal Liverpool.

    A downbeat Woods lamented a succession of errors after the former world number one ended up with round of 69, 77, 73 and 75 to finish six over par, and in the bottom three of the tournament.

    After that opening round there had been high hopes that he could challenge, with fans and pundits whispering that, perhaps inspired by memories of his 2006 victory at Hoylake, he might again hit those majestic heights.

    But by the end of

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  • On Saturday morning at the Open Championship, players took to the course at Royal Liverpool wearing black ribbons on their hats. The ribbons honor longtime Scottish golf instructor Bob Torrance, who died on Friday at age 82 after a long battle with cancer. Torrance was the father of Sam Torrance, a former European Ryder Cup captain.

    Torrance taught a wide range of European players, including three-time major winner Padraig Harrington and current European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. He also apparently once watched Rory McIlroy and declared that he could do nothing for McIlroy, and refused

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  • Organisers of The Open Championship have decided to change the schedule for Saturday's third round in view of the forecast for heavy rain and thunderstorms around Hoylake near the city of Liverpool.

    Play will begin at 0900 local time, with a simultaneous shotgun start on the front and back nines, in an effort to dodge the bad weather.

    "We have taken a number of decisions regarding tomorrow's play to maximise the chances of completing the championship on time," said Royal & Ancient (R&A) executive director of rules David Rickman.

    "These are that play is scheduled now to commence at 8am," he

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  • McIlroy finds a way to get two birdies on one hole

    Rory McIlroy was half-expected to have a bit of a disaster on Friday.

    After all, he averages nearly 74 on Fridays at the Open compared to just over 69 on the other three days of the weekend - and he's had a string of second round implosions in all events this season.

    But instead of a Freaky Friday he had a Fantastic Friday at Hoylake - the highlight of which was a double-birdie on the 8th.

    A double birdie? Yep. One pheasant, and one ten foot putt to follow it that went dead in the cup:

    The pheasant ran onto the green, stared the world number eight down for a minute or so, then skittered off

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  • Sergio Garcia hits miracle shot to light up The Open

    Oh, Sergio. You are the most enthralling and most infuriating player on Tour. And it's because of shots like this: a hole-out eagle on the second, bracketed by bogeys on 1 and 3.

    Garcia was about 150 yards out from the hole, right on the edge of the soul-clutching rough that's already claimed a few Open hopes. His shot took advantage of the flat, skittery greens at Hoylake, and moments later, Garcia had himself a pretty little eagle.

    Cue high-fives with playing partners Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler:

    Sergio Garcia

    The shot kept Garcia within sigh of leader Rory McIlroy but it's anybody's guess as to

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  • Tiger Woods

    You didn't think Tiger Woods would let you forget him, did you?

    In his first major round of 2014, one of his first competitive rounds since March, Woods took advantage of some very un-British conditions to turn in an Open Championship performance that ought to have him sticking around until Sunday. Woods wrapped his round at -3, good enough to have him tied for eighth at the time. Yep, he's going to tease everyone once again.

    The day began ugly with two bogeys, and it appeared Woods' Open could be over before most of the players even awoke. But he settled down, made the turn at +1, and then

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  • Open Championship marshall hit twice in space of an hour

    The world's best golfers are good - but not infallible. Just ask Bill Davies.

    Davies was working as a marshall on the 16th hole at The Open when he was clobbered by a wayward shot by Charl Schwartzel.

    Then, just minutes later, it was Rickie Fowler who managed to take him down with another misplaced shot at the par-5.

    “It hit me on the shoulder and I went down and lay there for a little bit of time, I wasn't too bad but having two detonating things happening to you within three quarters of hour, then you know, you start worrying,” Bill told the BBC.

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    The players apparently apologised as soon

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