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News and Highlights from The 2006 Open Championship

Published: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:36:24 EDT

Last Build Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:36:24 EDT

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Woods earns a shot to defend his PGA Grand Slam title

Mon, 24 Jul 2006 17:04:00 EDT


With his successful defense of his Open Championship title, Tiger Woods earned the right to defend his crown in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the season-ending showcase of major champions. Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy already have qualified.

Grant Me This: Their inspiration at Hoylake was a-parent

Mon, 24 Jul 2006 12:00:00 EDT


Majors are supposed to separate the men from the boys, says contributor Grant Boone, and the 135th Open Championship did exactly that. Earl Woods' boy and Norma DiMarco's boy made their parents very proud.

Woods follows his father's advice and wins one for Dad

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 17:08:00 EDT


Earl Woods would have loved this Open Championship. Every lesson he ever taught his son about life and golf seemed to be in play over four days at Royal Liverpool and, with his victory, Tiger proved that he remembered them all.

DiMarco's finish makes Lehman's job a whole lot easier

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 16:45:00 EDT


Chris DiMarco cheered up his grieving family and proved that his game was back on track at Hoylake. And, says T.J. Auclair, his strong finish just might have spared U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman a very difficult decision.

Mixed emotions for Els as he finishes a solid third

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:43:00 EDT


Struggles in the middle of his final round ended Ernie Els' chances of overtaking Tiger Woods for the Claret Jug. And though disappointed at again failing to beat Woods, the Big Easy also is pleased to be fully recovered from his knee problem.

Garcia comes up short of Woods in a major yet again

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:33:00 EDT


For Sergio Garcia, Sunday at Hoylake played out in all-too-familiar fashion. With a chance to beat Tiger Woods in a major, the excitable Spaniard fell behind early, struggled to stay in contention and finished the day looking up at the winner.

Notebook: Protesters briefly disrupt the closing hole

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:20:00 EDT


Plus, Adam Scott questions the hole locations, Royal Liverpool sets an attendance record, Jim Furyk hails Tiger Woods, Tom Watson predicts big things from the leading amateur, Sean O'Hair's father-in-law assumes a new role, and more.

Sunday pin positions were challenging, says Mickelson

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 14:49:00 EDT


After finishing up at 5-under 283, Phil Mickelson described the pin placements as very difficult, but stopped short of criticizing them. And though disappointed with his week, he said he learned a lot about how to prepare for next year.

Top British finisher Wall is scaling new career heights

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 14:16:00 EDT


No one predicted that unheralded Anthony Wall would wind up as the highest finisher among all the British players. But after posting an 8-under 280 total, the 31-year-old Londoner believes his best years are still in front of him.

Grant Me This: The big dogs went hungry Saturday

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 10:00:00 EDT

(image) contributor Grant Boone fully expected Tiger Woods and Ernie Els to feast on a hard, fast Royal Liverpool on Saturday. Instead they both lost their appetites as the field closed in fast at the 135th Open Championship.

Tears flow as Tiger takes 135th Open Championship

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 08:19:00 EDT


Garcia gets another chance to topple Woods in a major

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 17:35:00 EDT


Sergio Garcia hasn't fared well when facing Tiger Woods with major titles on the line, but he's got another shot at a big breakthrough. He tees off Sunday having played as well as anyone in the field, but still must overcome his history.

Notebook: Hopeful Watson struggles with inconsistency

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 15:50:00 EDT


Tom Watson laments his trouble at the start and finish of his round. Plus, Paul Casey cards two back-nine triple-bogeys, Scott Verplank professes his love of links golf, John Senden chalks up the second ace of the week, and more.

DiMarco finds himself in a familiar final-round position

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 15:30:00 EDT


Chris DiMarco has plenty of experience in contending in majors, and with a break here or there at the 2004 PGA Championship or 2005 Masters, he could be a major champion, too. He doesn't want to let another chance slip away on Sunday.

Chin up, Mickelson aims to finish the Open with a flourish

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 14:50:00 EDT


Despite being disappointed at his performance so far this week, Phil Mickelson wants to put together one completely solid round before he heads back to America. He was properly prepared, he said, but just didn’t execute the shots.

Notebook: Faldo reveals his plan to cash in with Woods

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 14:45:00 EDT


Plus, Greg Owen gets some medical advice from Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald believes the pressure has gotten to the British players, a Norwegian and Italian battle for the silver medal, Henrik Stenson can only laugh at his 9, and more.

Cabrera and Romero bid to emulate De Vicenzo's victory

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 14:40:00 EDT


The only Argentine golfer to win a major was Roberto De Vicenzo right here at Royal Liverpool back in 1967. On Sunday, two of his biggest fans and protégés, Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero, have a chance to follow in his footsteps.

Open behind him, Clarke begins a total break from golf

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 14:30:00 EDT


With his wife struggling in her battle with cancer, Darren Clarke has finished up his Open and returned home for the foreseeable future. His compatriots hope he can return for the Ryder Cup, but he said he can't even think about that now.

It's anybody's major to win Sunday at Royal Liverpool

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 09:59:00 EDT


Grant Me This: No better alarm clock than Peter Alliss

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 08:46:00 EDT


As we watch Tiger Woods and friends continue their chase for the coveted claret jug at Royal Liverpool, contributor Grant Boone can't get enough of BBC announcer Peter Alliss, "without a doubt the best listen" in the game.

Like old times, Els is back in contention at a major

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 17:47:00 EDT


Erie Els played like the Big Easy of old on Friday at Royal Liverpool. That was Step One in his return to championship form. Step Two is winning a weekend showdown with the world's best player, and Els is happy to have the chance to try it.

Notebook: Even Woods knows there's a long way to go

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 16:34:00 EDT


Plus, Tiger Woods talks tennis and travel with an Italian interviewer, Nick Faldo asks Woods for a parting gift, Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy believe plenty of players are still in the hunt, David Duval makes another major cut, and more.

Despite injury and tragedy, DiMarco has 'a great peace'

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 15:33:00 EDT


As if a lingering back injury suffered while on a ski trip wasn't bad enough, the sudden death of his mother on July 4 compounded Chris DiMarco's agony. But here he is, at peace with himself and within sight of his first major.

Goosen fears he could get left behind yet again

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 14:20:00 EDT


After a two-eagle 66 on Friday, Retief Goosen hopes to put some front-nine pressure on leader Tiger Woods on Saturday. But Goosen concedes that he might be playing for second unless something brings Woods back toward the pack.

Notebook: Watson makes the cut, wants to improve

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 13:07:00 EDT


Even after making his third straight Open cut at age 56, Tom Watson sees room for improvement over the next two days. Plus, Miguel Angel Jimenez motors right into contention, Kenneth Ferrie's back goes out at a bad time, and more.

Grant Me This: I was only joking, really

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 07:07:00 EDT

(image) contributor Grant Boone apparently touched a few nerves with his previous edition of Grant Me This. It seems fans of Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner currently fighting for his life, are a fiercely loyal bunch.

Tiger-Ernie final pairing has Royal Liverpool all abuzz

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 04:40:00 EDT


Woods battles through errant shots to stalk the leader

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 17:34:00 EDT


Tiger Woods found himself in trouble several times on Thursday as he visited a pot bunker, a dusty path and that wispy rough. But the ending to his opening round was pure Tiger, as he drained a 25-footer for eagle that left him just one shot back.

Notebook: Captain Lehman shows his players the way

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 16:50:00 EDT


Plus, Darren Clarke saves his day with a brilliant back nine, Colin Montgomerie lets a good scoring opportunity slip away, Seve Ballesteros making a surprisingly positive return, Padraig Harrington has to change his strategy, and more.

Europeans are excelling, just not the ones you'd expect

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 16:20:00 EDT


Many experts predicted that a European finally won a major this year, but few forecast that Anthony Wall, Greg Owen and Graeme McDowell would be outplaying such big names as Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington.

Graeme Slam: McDowell charges into lead with 6-under 66

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 16:04:00 EDT


Decade after his debut, Garcia is still seeking a big title

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 14:30:00 EDT


Ten years after he made his Open Championship debut at age 16, Sergio Garcia knows he hasn't yet blossomed into the major champion that everyone expected he would become. An opening 67 is giving him lots of hope this week, though.

Notebook: A wasted week for Faxon and Parnevik

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 14:15:00 EDT


Alternates Brad Faxon and Jesper Parnevik hung around Royal Liverpool for days, but are heading home disappointed. Plus, Ian Poulter makes another fashion statement, Fred Couples calculates his finances, and more. 

Playing well heals hurt for Owen after 2005 Open snub

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 13:27:00 EDT


Greg Owen thought he could skip an international qualifier for the Open Championship last year because he knew his standing on the World Golf Ranking list would get him in. That's not the way the R&A saw it. On Thursday, he got sweet revenge.

Defending champ Woods says his game is back on course

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 18:57:00 EDT


Tiger Woods says he shook off the rust at the Western Open, and his expectations are high this week. He even brought his 2-iron out of an eight-month retirement to hit low, penetrating tee shots that run endlessly on the baked fairways.

Following the Beatles, Wild Thing rocks the Cavern Club

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 18:33:00 EDT


In between practice sessions at Royal Liverpool, John Daly strapped on his guitar and played a set at the famed nightclub frequented by the Fab Four. Daly earned a rousing reception, and is hoping for another hit performance at Hoylake.

Former champ Hamilton is glad to get back to links golf

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:48:00 EDT


Todd Hamilton has struggled since his surprise victory at the 2004 Open at Royal Troon. But he is pleased to be back in the U.K., where his triumph is still widely recognized, and to again play the creative golf that links layouts require.

Notebook: No tension as Woods and Faldo cross paths

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:22:00 EDT


Plus, the R&A sees no more changes to encourage women to try to qualify, Chris DiMarco has one eye on the Ryder Cup standings, David Howell has an opinion on the weather, officials like what they see of Royal Liverpool, and more.

Seldom-seen Hoylake is a mystery to modern players

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 16:44:00 EDT


Only a handful of the players had ever seen Royal Liverpool before this week, and even those who had are dealing with some surprises. Among the biggest is that the course has been reconfigured to provide a more dynamic finish.

Brown British Open will require luck and imagination

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 16:14:00 EDT


None of the players was quite sure what to expect when they arrived at Royal Liverpool. More puzzling than the links, however, are the fastest, firmest and crustiest Open Championship conditions that anyone can remember in years.

Field could face different Royal Liverpool come Thursday

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 14:04:00 EDT


Interview with TNT Senior Producer Chris Carmody

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 07:02:00 EDT


Like Tiger Woods and friends, Chris Carmody has been preparing for the 2006 Open Championship for more than six months. caught up with TNT's Senior Producer for an inside look at what goes into producing such an event.

Mickelson is more than ready to move on, starting now

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:38:00 EDT


Hoping to accelerate the healing process from his Winged Foot debacle, Phil Mickelson has thrown himself into his Open preparation. He's played Royal Liverpool so much in recent weeks, in fact, that it's starting to feel like home.

Notebook: Proof of Els' past prowess is on the wall

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:33:00 EDT


Plus, Trevor Immelman heads home after his baby unexpectedly arrives early, Seve Ballesteros is searching for his missing magic, Graeme McDowell hopes his expertise on links courses will give him the upper hand, and more. 

Harrington's first look at Hoylake gave him a fright

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:29:00 EDT


Padraig Harrington, one of the favorites this week, admits that Royal Liverpool scared the life out of him when he first played it last week,. But, he says, he's getting used to the eccentric links layout more every day, and is even warming up to it.

Burning question is on Poulter's mind, and his pants

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:25:00 EDT


Ian Poulter wore a pair of trousers with a giant red question mark on one leg Tuesday. His question: Is this the week a European wins a major for the first time since Carnoustie in 1999? Poulter, for one, believes the answer is yes.

U.S. Open winner Ogilvy is soaking up life as a champion

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:21:00 EDT


A month after his surprise victory at Winged Foot, Geoff Ogilvy is still reveling in the life-changing triumph. After celebrating (a lot) in his native Australia, he's making his first start since the U.S. Open as a big, but not too big, star.

Notebook: Tiger doesn't expect much talk from Faldo

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 14:07:00 EDT

(image)'s T.J Auclair reports on the Tiger Woods' reaction to the most interesting grouping of the first two rounds, Geoff Ogilvy's career-long layoff, Phil Mickelson's new major preparation strategy, and more from Royal Liverpool.

Holy Hoylake! Sunbathers, players revel in the heat

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 09:50:00 EDT


Woods takes a quick look at the course, then disappears

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 19:48:00 EDT


Tiger Woods began his 400th week at No. 1 in the world in his usual fashion on Monday, with an early-morning practice session at Royal Liverpool. He and swing coach Hank Haney were out on the course at 6:30 a.m. and finished at 9:45.

After criticizing Woods on TV, Faldo is paired with him

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 19:38:00 EDT


Nick Faldo is comfortable in the broadcast booth, but he'll have to endure the on-course spotlight this week. He's been paired with Tiger Woods, whom he has criticized on the air, meaning his every move this week will be magnified.

Notebook: Faxon crosses the sea for a chance to play

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 19:28:00 EDT


Alternate Brad Faxon said he'd be upset if he stayed home and his number came up, so he flew to Hoylake just in case. Plus, Warren Bladon could frame his own victory photo, Seve Ballesteros wants to give it one more shot, and more.

Dad-to-be Immelman plays a waiting game at Hoylake

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 18:25:00 EDT


Trevor Immelman will play the Open this week with one ear cocked toward his cell phone. His wife Carminita is scheduled to have their first child next week, and if the delivery arrives ahead of schedule, he'll have a big decision to make.

Curtis recalls happy memories of his 2003 Open victory

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 18:15:00 EDT


Royal Liverpool reminds Ben Curtis a lot of Royal St. George's, where his victory in the 2003 Open was one of the biggest surprises in recent major history. But while he's looking back, he's also looking forward and hoping the wind picks up.

Goosen arrives at Hoylake in need of some confidence

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 17:45:00 EDT


Despite being a two-time U.S. Open champion, Retief Goosen describes the state of his game as rubbish. He's worried about his lack of accuracy both off the tee and into the greens, but hopes some thorough practice sessions will pay off.

Notebook: Senden and Romero earn last-minute tickets

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 19:55:00 EDT


Plus, with a baby on the way, 1997 Open champion Justin Leonard reluctantly withdraws; European No. 1 David Howell arrives playing his worst golf of the year; and rising star Nick Dougherty of Liverpool finds himself in a rut.

Back relapse gives Couples major doubts for the Open

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 16:50:00 EDT


A return of his chronic back problem last week at the Scottish Open has Fred Couples wondering if he'll be able to play at Royal Liverpool this week. He is looking to use the Open as a springboard back onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Major miss is Montgomerie's motivator this week

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 16:46:00 EDT


Rather than trying to forget the closing double-bogey that robbed him of the U.S. Open, Colin Montgomerie analyzed what happened at Winged Foot and says he'll be more motivated at Royal Liverpool because of it.

TNT's Huber: Hoylake should well be worth the wait

Thu, 13 Jul 2006 14:22:00 EDT


It's been 39 years since the Open Championship was contested at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. And TNT's Emmy Award-winning journalist Jim Huber hopes it won't be that long before it returns to the largest venue on the short Open rotation.

Qualifying ends with 12 sealing their spots at Hoylake

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 16:49:00 EDT


A dozen players emerged from more than 300 finalists in four qualifiers played near Liverpool on Monday and Tuesday. Among them are former British Amateur champions Warren Bladon of England and Mikko Ilonen of Finland.

Owens is anticipating the Open after missing out last year

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 16:42:00 EDT


Confusion over his status last summer forced Greg Owen to skip the 2005 Open Championship. But after a dramatic and painful 12 months, he is eagerly looking forward to giving Royal Liverpool his best shot and reigniting his career.

Storm leads Local Final Qualifying at West Lancashire

Mon, 10 Jul 2006 16:58:00 EDT


A day after tying for fourth at the Smurfit European Open in Ireland, Graeme Storm fired a 68 in England to keep alive his chances of making the Hoylake field. A dozen spots are up for grabs in the two-day qualifier that ends Tuesday.

Strong finishes propel Goggin and Wall into the Open

Sun, 09 Jul 2006 19:50:00 EDT


Mathew Goggin didn't win the Cialis Western Open on Sunday and Anthony Wall fell short at the Smurfit European Open. Their consolation prizes were that they played well enough to earn tickets to Royal Liverpool next week.

Notebook: Back problems force Toms to withdraw

Fri, 07 Jul 2006 12:56:00 EDT


David Toms will be replaced in the field by Jeff Sluman, who like Toms is a former PGA Championship winner. Plus, Jean Van de Velde suddenly decides to skip out of final qualifying, and the fields are set for the last chance to get in.

Page, who once beat Woods, is among those advancing

Wed, 05 Jul 2006 17:06:00 EDT


Paul Page, who beat Tiger Woods in the 1993 U.S. Amateur, was among 302 golfers who on Wednesday advanced to final British Open qualifying. A dozen spots will be decided next Monday and Tuesday near Liverpool.

No women in field for British Open regional qualifying

Tue, 04 Jul 2006 17:36:00 EDT


Royal & Ancient Golf Club officials changed their rules to allow the top female players to try to qualify, but none has chosen to give it a go this year. Regional qualifying tees off Wednesday around Great Britain with only men in the field.

Through qualifying changes, Open becomes more global

Tue, 04 Jul 2006 17:31:00 EDT


Gone are the days when players from around the world had to travel to Britain to try to qualify. Now, there are 25 ways for a challenger to get in without leaving home, as the Royal & Ancient Golf Club embraces global dreamers.

Re-routing of Royal Liverpool in place for Open

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 14:27:00 EDT


The 135th Open Championship in July will finish with a par-5 hole measuring 560 yards thanks to a re-routing of the back nine at Royal Liverpool. The adjustment to the order of play will make the risk-reward 16th the new closing hole. "The 18th will present a birdie opportunity, but as a left-to-right dogleg with out of bounds ever present on the right, will also be a hole for potential disaster," said Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A.

Lyle, Park, Kapur win Open qualifying spots

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 14:22:00 EDT


India's Shiv Kapur and Australia's Jarrod Lyle and Unho Park earned their maiden appearance at The Open Championship after surviving a nerve-jangling final round at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong course in Singapore.

Hughes, three youngsters claim Open spots Down Under

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 14:15:00 EDT


Australians Michael Wright, Bradley Hughes, Ben Bunny and Adam Bland earned places in the 2006 British Open Wednesday by finishing in the top four spots in a 36-hole international qualifier at Kingston Heath.