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Francesco Molinari (68-70—138) For the second straight day, Francesco Molinari, the younger of the two Molinari brothers in this week’s Open Championship, bogeyed Royal Liverpool GC’s opening hole. He responded with six birdies en route to a 2-under 70. Molinari found just 9/14 fairways in round two (14 in round …

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Defending champion Phil Mickelson got off to a less-than-ideal start, posting a 2-over 74. He has been able to open an Open Championship with a round in the 60s on just three occasions (21 starts). Mickelson is making his 88th start in a Major Championship this week, with just nine missed cuts. Since 2000, he has …

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2014 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (The 36th of 41 events in the PGA TOUR Season), Royal Liverpool GC, July 17-20, 2014  ; FedExCup Pts: 600;  Hoylake, England, Par/Yards: 37-37—72/7,312 - EARLY First-Round Notes – Thursday, July 17, 2014 First-Round Leader Stats Since 1975, just five first-round leaders of the Open …

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Hoylake, July 17: A hot putter kept Thai star Thongchai Jaidee in damage control mode as he scrambled to an even par 72 in the first round of The Open Championship on Thursday. The triple Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, who has won once and finished top-five in his last five tournaments in Europe, missed nine …

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Hoylake, July 17: Korean star K.J. Choi laughed off a ‘colourful’ last 10 holes which did not include a single par en route to a level par 72 in the first round of The Open Championship on Thursday. The eight-time PGA Tour winner, who is also an Asian Tour honorary member, launched his campaign at Royal Liverpool …

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Adam Scott, World Golf #1 The World’s No. 1 golfer will be making his 15th Open Championship start, with top-10 finishes in 2006 (T8), 2012 (2nd) and 2013 (T3). The 2006 Open Championship was contested at Royal Liverpool. Scott, carried a four-stroke lead into the final round of the 2012 Open Championship at Royal …

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Justin Rose at The Open 2014 Justin Rose from England will be making his 13th Open start, with T4 in his inaugural appearance in 1998 his lone top-10 finish. Missed the cut in his last two Open Championship starts on 2012 and 2013. Rose, won last week’s Scottish Open to move from No. 6 to No. 3 in the Official …

Tom Watson’s 37th Open Championship & 141st Major Championship start

Tom Watson at The Open Championship 2014 Tom Watson, will be making his 37th Open Championship and 141st Major Championship appearance. Open Championship Starts: 36 (1975-1995, 1997-2003, 2005-06, 2008-13) Open Championship Wins: 5 (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983) Watson’s runner-up finish in 2009 came 34 years …

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Two of the most popular areas at The Open Championship 2014 shall be the R&A SwingZone and HSBC Golf Zone. THE R&A SWINGZONE Free professional golf lessons are available all week from PGA qualified instructors in The R&A Swingzone. HSBC GOLF ZONE Back by popular demand for the fourth time is the HSBC …

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For finishing as the top three not otherwise exempt into The Open Championship 2014 inside the top 10 and ties at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 2014, Scott Jamieson, Tyrell Hatton and Kristoffer Broberg have earned exemptions into the major. Well done guys and all the very best for The Open 2014 at …