Spieth wins British Open for third major
Jordan Spieth won the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday by three shots from fellow American Matt Kuchar. Spieth, 23, shot a final round of 69 to finish on 12 under par, with Kuchar second at nine-under. He is the first man to post four rounds in the 60s in an Open at Birkdale. It is Spieth's third major title after he won the Masters and US Open in 2015.
Jordan Spieth in prime position to claim third major title
Jordan Spieth is in prime position to claim his third major title as he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday. The American star sits atop the leader board on 11 under par after shooting a flawless 65 on Saturday while compatriot Matt Kuchar is his nearest challenge at eight-under.
Trish Johnson completes wire-to-wire victory at inaugural Senior LPGA Championship
Briton Trish Johnson completed a wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank on Wednesday on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. She turned in a final-round 73 to finish at 4-under, 212 for the 54-hole event, three shots clear of American Michele Redman.
Brittany Lincicome urges Donal Trump to stay away from US Women’s Open
Two-time major winner and United States Solheim Cup star Brittany Lincicome has urged President Donald Trump to stay away from this week's US Women's Open, staged on the Bedminster course that Trump owns. Lincicome did not go as far to suggest the major should have been switched from Trump National, but she made her feelings known off the back of Trump's discriminatory views towards women during his campaign trail.
The Open Championship to pay out in American dollars
The Open Championship is paying its prize money this year in American dollars. Golf's oldest championship announced Wednesday that the total purse will be $10,250,000, with $1.845 million going to winner. The Open is July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale along the Lancashire coast in England.
GOLF – Charl Schwartzel Hoping To Find Form For Us Open
PGATour.com is reporting that South African golfer Charl Schwartzel is looking to regain form before the US Open tees off at Erin Hills in Wisconsin next week. Schwartzel has been struggling with an injury since being struck on the left wrist by a golf ball during the Valspar Championship in March. Regardless of the injury, Schwartzel came close to securing his second green jacket in Augusta where a four-under par final round of 68 saw him finish third at the Masters - just three shots behind champion Sergio Garcia and runner-up Justin Rose. Schwartzel took to Twitter to give an update on his game and said that he wanted to use the St Jude Classic to find some form ahead of the second golf major of the year. "I started hitting the ball much beter on the weekend, I entered @fesjcmemphis to see if I can find some better form before @usopengolf," wrote Schwartzel.
GOLF – Louis Oosthuizen A Major Coup For Mauritius Open
Supersport.co.za is reporting that former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen will become the first Major winner to tee it up in the new era of the 2017 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club at Heritage Resorts this November. The winner of the 2010 Open at St Andrews has confirmed his place in the field for the 30 November to 3 December tournament, which is tri-sanctioned between the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour.
Graeme McDonnell sets his sights on 2018 Ryder Cup
Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDonnell is eyeing a place in the European team ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup which will be hosted by France. The 37-year-old missed out on the last Ryder Cup which was won by the U.S at home and McDonnell is now focusing on the next tournament. "It was very motivating, very inspiring. When I look to France, to 2018, a golf course which I love, I certainly want to be there that's for sure," McDonnell said on Sky Sports. The 2010 U.S Open champion has enjoyed some success in France - having won the Open de France twice in 2013 and 2014. "I think my focus had come back a long time before that Ryder Cup. But I think not being on that team was a reinforcement to me that I'm not doing what I want to do in the game. "I'm still very, very motivated and that I still want it badly enough to go out there and do whatever it takes. I guess that's the key." Next year's Ryder Cup will be held from 28-30 September at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in the French capital, Paris.
Tiger Woods commits to play 2017 Masters Tournament
Golf icon Tiger Woods is confident that he will participate in the 2017 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, U.S.A. Woods, has won the Masters Tournament four times, recently made his competitive comeback at the Hero World Challenge last month. The 41-year-old former world No.1 is now looking forward to playing in the Golf major and hopefully winning it for the fifth time. "I have played one time in the last 18 months. I just need to get in some tournament golf. I am looking forward to it," Woods said on Sky Sports. "I feel I am strong enough to handle the workload. I sat out long enough. I have been on the sidelines so long. I am hoping to get everything right so I can play. I am thinking about it (Masters) now. "I would love to play and I would love to win. I'm hoping I can get everything right, so yes, I'm looking forward to it." American Woods' countryman Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters Tournament wins, six - having won the competition between 1963 and 1986. This year's tournament is scheduled for April 6-9 in Georgia.
Tommy Fleetwood wins Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood won the 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship by one stroke over American Dustin Johnson and Spanish golfer Pablo Larrazabal. This is the 26-year-old golfer's second European Tour title - having won the 2013 Johannie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. The Abu Dhabi HSBC tournament was played at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Fleetwood won it after a final round 67. "I thought maybe the second win would come sooner to be honest. It's been a massive comeback," he told the European tour website. "I had a really hard time from July 2015 to July last year where I really struggled with my game. It's been an awkward curve. "The only thing left was 'let's get a win' but, you know, if you keep knocking on the door it will come," he added. "The chip-in on 10, birdie on 11, changed everything. All of a sudden from nowhere and I was leading."
Ernie Els: Tiger Woods can still dominate world golf in his forties
South African golf great Ernie Els would like to see Tiger Woods replicating his old form from the 90's and winning golf majors again. American golfer Woods, who recently returned from a long-term injury, dominated world golf between 1997 and 2008 winning 14 majors during that period. He made his return to competitive golf at the 2016 Hero World Challenge last month after 15 months out following a back surgery. Four-time major winner Els believes that age is no barrier for Woods, who will turn 42 later this year, as he looks to add to his 14 majors.. "I am in my late 40s and he is just getting into them," Els told Sky Sports. "There have been a few cases where we have won majors in our 40s, it doesn't happen that often but it does happen," Els, who will turn 48 later this year, said. "If players like myself, Darren Clarke and Mark O'Meara won [majors] in our 40s, surely Tiger thinks he can do it too. I am sure it's on his agenda," he continued. "Mentally, he is as strong as anybody but he needs to find some momentum at his favourite events and, if he gets that, he can start believing again. "I would love to see him play like he did back in the 90s, but I am not sure that is going to happen." Woods is expected to participate in the first major of the year, the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A in April.
Phil Mickelson set for comeback following two sports hernia operations
Phil Mickelson has announced that he will make his comeback from two sports hernia operations on Thursday, in the opening round of the PGA CareerBuilder Challenge. The Five-time major winner underwent surgery on October 19 and again December 12, but has been back on the practice tee since January 12 and played a practice round before teeing off in the California desert. "I feel good and I want to play," Mickelson is quoted as saying. "I don't know where my game is, but I figure the only way to find out is to play." The 46-year-old has missed three-and-a-half month's due to injury and has subsequently slipped to 21st in the world rankings. Mickelson will be seeking his first victory since the 2013 British Open with the left-handed golfer teeing off alongside Bill Haas, a former winner of the event. Patrick Reed, the world number eight, is the highest ranked player at the event.
South African caddie Thami Nkonyane helps Graeme Storm to glory
South African caddie Thami Jeffrey Nkonyane says it was special to help England’s Graeme Storm to victory in the BMW SA Open at a packed Glendower on Sunday afternoon. The 51-year-old Soweto-born caddie could collect the biggest cheque of his 32-year long career when he aided Storm to a major crown. The Englishman went toe-to-toe with Rory McIlroy, but came out on top at the third play-off hole. Storm might have weathered the onslaught of the world’s No 2 player, but a tsunami is about to hit Nkonyane’s bank account after the 37-year-old Storm pocketed R2,3-million for his efforts. “This will definitely be the biggest pay day of my life and of course the money is going to be great, but this is the proudest day of my career,” said Nkonyane. “It was very special to win the SA Open in front of my home crowd with Graeme because we’ve known each for many years. [caption id="attachment_581033" align="alignnone" width="800"] Storm with his trophy[/caption] “I caddied for him in his amateur days, when he came out to South Africa as a youngster to compete in the SA Strokeplay and SA Matchplay. “Then I picked up his bag again at the SA Open in 2004. We always reconnect when he comes to South Africa and he calls on me if he doesn’t bring his own bagman. This time his caddie went on honeymoon, so he called and I came. “I am so proudly South African today. This just shows you that we are as good as caddies anywhere in the world and I hope the youngsters watching saw what Graeme and I did today. “You can achieve anything if you work hard and you keep trying. My job was to keep him looking ahead and keep him in the game. I kept telling him not to get angry or upset and hurt himself. We worked well together and he had the confidence to tackle Rory.”