Welcome to Golfweek’s Tea Time: Complete British Open coverage! This page will be your one-stop shop for all things Claret Jug. Be sure to check back daily as Golfweek brings you closer than anyone to the action at Carnoustie with:
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• Daily commentaries from Golfweek’s fleet of reporters.
• Recaps, news and notes after every round at Carnoustie.
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Now on GolfweekTV:
• The 136th Open Championship is in the books. Dave Seanor, Rex Hoggard and Alistair Tait put a cap on the drama-filled week.
• Sergio is on track to win his first major. Alistair Tait and Rex Hoggard discuss what, if anything, might stop him.
• Dave Seanor has found the finest European cuisine at the British Open.
• Moving day hascome for another Open Championship. Did your favorite player make it through?Alistair Tait and Jeff Rude have some observations from the second round.
• Rex Hoggard and Jeff Rude reflect on the first day headlines from Carnoustie.
• Things are a little different across the pond. Jeff Rude and Jeff Babineau have a little something to say about that.
• Jeff Rude is feeling an itch that only a British bookie can scratch.
• How do you name a hole? Our European bloke Alistair Tait recounts some of the stories behind hole names at Carnoustie.
• Scores at this year’s Open Championship are predicted to be a wee bit lower compared with 1999’s Carnoustie mess. Alistair Tait explains how the rough has been cut back for this go around.
• Alistair Tait has a conversation with Drew Weaver, the 2007 British Amateur champ.
• Preferred Lies: The Gang is in Carnoustie for the Open Championship. Are we going tosee a repeat of 1999’s “Carnasty?” Dave Seanor joins native Scots AlistairTait, and guest Colin Calender in discussion.
Sunday (Round 4):
• Cheers!: Let’s celebrate Padraig Harrington’s road to Open stardom, writes Alistair Tait.
• Irish eyes are Open wide: Padraig Harrington did what Jean Van deVelde couldn’t. The Irishman took a beating from the Barry Burn on the72nd hole of the British Open, but still found a way to win his firstmajor championship. Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in a four-holeplayoff.
• No three-peat for Tiger: Tiger Woods’ attempt to become the first golfer inmore than a half-century to win three straight Open championships endedquietly Sunday, without providing even the glimmer of a rousingcomeback.
• Notes: Stricker struggles in spotlight: Steve Stricker is known as one of the PGA Tour's best putters, but the flatstick let him down at the most inopportune time.
• Romero pulls ‘a Van de Velde’: Andres Romero had the British Open right inhis grasp after an amazing stretch of golf. Then, suddenly overwhelmedat seeing his name atop the leaderboard, he pulled a Van de Velde.
• Anti-doping chief criticizes PGA Tour: The head of the World Anti-Doping Agencysupports Gary Player’s claims that some golfers take drugs andcriticized the PGA Tour for refusing to acknowledge there may be aproblem.
Saturday (Round 3):
• Pat on the back: O’Bryan making all the difference as DiMarco’s caddie, writes Dave Seanor.
• El destino: Destiny is on Sergio Garcia’s side as he seeks his first major, writes Alistair Tait.
• Instant Classic: Sunday is shaping up to be one for the Open ages, writes Rex Hoggard.
• Orange crush: Garcia dominating Open: Sergio Garcia isn’t blinking or backingdown. The colorful Spaniard is putting on a ballstriking clinic and iscontinuing his steady putting at the British Open. He leads SteveStricker, who shot 64 Saturday for the lowest ever Open Championshipround at Carnoustie.
• Notes: Senden bounces around 18th hole:John Senden made double bogey on the 18th hole Saturday, but itcould've been worse if not for a fortuitous bounce off a fence post.
• Stricker coming full circle at Open: Steve Stricker’s story of success and failure ingolf is a familiar one, but unlike most players he’s remarkably candidin talking about both the doubts that afflicted him about his swing andhis desire to play.
• DiMarco finding form with clever 65: Chris DiMarco has been a forgotten figure since he finished two shots behind Tiger Woods last year, his third runner-up in a major.
• Consistent Rose again in major hunt: Justin Rose is closing in on a thirdconsecutive top-10 finish in a major after shooting a 4-under 67 at theBritish Open on Saturday.
• Spectator gets stitches after Woods’ shot: A woman was hit in the head by Tiger Woods’ball when he sliced an approach at the British Open on Saturday. Sheneeded two stitches to close the wound.
• Stenson fined for whacking tee marker: Henrik Stenson was fined more than $1,000 for taking outhalf of a tee marker on the par-3 eighth hole Friday. He made triple bogey and missed the cut by a shot.
Friday (Round 2):
• Steady Sergio stealing Open spotlight: For a change, Tiger Woods is chasing SergioGarcia at the British Open. After making seven birdies yesterday,Garcia holed a slew of testy putts in Friday’s even-par 71 to maintainhis lead at Carnoustie. Woods wasn’t as sharp and trails by seven shotsafter limping in with a 3-over 74.
• Jim class: Alistair Tait writes how Scottish bookmakers are dead on with their odds for Jim Furyk to win the British Open.
• Summer surprise: Jeff Babineau writes how Virginia Tech’s Drew Weaver has reached unexpected heights on what seemed like a simple overseas vacation.
• McIlroy struggles, still makes cut: Rory McIlroy finally made his first bogey in theBritish Open on the second hole of the second round, and plenty morefollowed as the 18-year-old amateur from Northern Ireland came back toearth Friday with a 5-over 76.
• Choi becoming major force: His name is K.J. Choi, and he’ll be teeing off in the final group of a major on the weekend.
• Notes: R&A stands by rules official: The Royal & Ancient Golf Club stood by therules official who gave Tiger Woods free relief from television cablesin the British Open, even though its rules director said Friday he wasable to move the cables himself.
• Mickelson’s major struggles continue: These are lean times for Lefty in the majors. He ended another frustrating round at Carnoustie on Friday with a double bogey on his last hole for a 6-over 77, and he missed the cut at 6-over 148.
Thursday (Round 1):
• Garcia gets going at Carnoustie: Sergio Garcia, whose most memorable British Open performance might have to do with the yellow pants he wore during last year’s final round, shot a 6-under 65 Thursday to take the first-round lead at Carnoustie.
• Belly laughs: Jeff Rude explains how Sergio Garcia was able to finish his first round at Carnoustie 24 strokes better than he did in 1999. A lot of it has to do with a new putter.
• Green with envy: Alistair Tait compares Irish 18-year-old sensation Rory McIlroy, who left the other amateurs behind in the first round of the British Open, to a guy named Tiger Woods.
• Woods catches break with ‘weird drop’: As if Tiger Woods doesn’t have enough talent, a British Open rules official helped him along Thursday.
• Weaver takes Hokie pride to Open: Davis Love III and Justin Leonard signed upto play their final British Open practice round with Virginia Techjunior-to-be Drew Weaver (pictured). Not only did Weaver win theBritish Amateur last month, but he is inspiring others with his courageand attitude following the deadly shootings in Blacksburg.
• R&A official's racist joke cause uproar: Royal & Ancient rules official Graham Brown startedhis speech Tuesday night at the Associationof Golf Writers dinner with a fantastic impersonation of Seve Ballesteros,which segued to a series of racial and ethnic jokes.
• Rose trying to end Brit’s Open slump: Justin Rose leads several Britishcontenders – Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Montgomerie amongothers – who are trying to bring the title back home.
• Player urges random drug testing: Gary Player said Wednesday he knows of atleast one golfer who has used steroids, and he urged golf organizationsto move quickly toward a random drug-testing plan.
• Pernice Jr. replaces Olazabal at Open: Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal withdrew from the British Open because of an unspecified injury. Tom Pernice Jr., who already was traveling to Scotland as the next alternate on the list, will tak his place.
• A major European question: Who was the last European to win a majorchampionship? Paul Lawrie. When? 1999. Where?Carnoustie, site of this week’s 136th British Open. In case you werewondering, that was 31 majors ago. “I don’t like being the lastEuropean,” Lawrie says.
• Heart burn: Carnoustie’s surly stream: Little Barry Burn can sure cause plenty of havoc for the world’s best golfers. Theburn helped sink Jean Van de Velde at the 1999British Open. And it surely will be on the minds of those taking partin this year’s championship, which begins Thursday at Carnoustie.
• Notes: Cheeseheads vs. Carnoustie: Under the reconfigured PGA Tour schedule, theU.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee is now held the same week as theBritish Open. That’s not a big deal for most players, except those whogrew up and still live in the state.
• The unknown British Open champ: Paul Lawrie’s name is forever on the Claret Jug. It’s just not etched in anyone’s mind. Why? He won the Open that Jean Van de Velde lost.
• Wild Weather swirls at Carnoustie: The wind and rain was so severe Mondaymorning at Carnoustie that Tiger Woods hit 4-iron into a green and cameup short … from 112 yards. By the time Phil Mickelson arrived in theafternoon, the sun was out and Lefty was sporting shorts andflip-flops. Must be British Open time.
• Notes: Boo does Britain: Weekley brought his backwoods charm to Britain, and already committed a faux pas.
• Van de Velde tested for cancer: Jean Van de Velde would have preferred to be at Carnoustie this week, staring down his golfing demons in person. Instead,the guy who threw away the 1999 British Open is tackling a much morefrightening adversary: a mysterious ailment that has his doctorspuzzled and Van de Velde fretting about whether he’s got some sort ofdire disease.
• Ballesteros retires: Seve Ballesteros officially retired from golf onMonday, ending a charismatic run filled with spectacular shots thatcarried him to a record 50 victories on the European Tour, five majorchampionships and a Ryder Cup career that helped Europe shed itsunderdog image.