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Carnoustie a challenge for Open field

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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) The eve of the British Open felt like cramming for a final exam, a multiple choice one with no obvious answers.

The wind that blows off the North Sea across the exposed links of Carnoustie has not been the primary concern during practice rounds. Players have a reasonable idea how far the ball travels in the air. They just don't know how far it goes on the ground.

"If you get it downwind and you hit that little flat draw and it gets running, it will go pretty much until it runs into something," Justin Thomas said.


Woods: Open my best shot at major win

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods doesn't feel as old at the oldest championship in golf.

Back at the British Open for the first time in three years, Woods broke from his tradition on Tuesday morning. Instead of being among the first on the tee for practice, he didn't show up at Carnoustie until his news conference just before lunch. Then, he played nine holes with Masters champion Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau. Read More...

Older, richer McIlroy back at Carnoustie

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Rory McIlroy was an 18-year-old with big head of curls and a big game to match when he teed it up as an amateur in his first British Open at Carnoustie in 2007.

Carefree and unafraid, he played the first round without making a bogey and went on to win the silver medal as low amateur. Soon he would turn pro, and anyone who knows golf knows how well the story has unfolded since. Read More...

Rose doesn't understand poor Open record

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) It's been 20 years since Justin Rose, his slight frame shrouded by a baggy red sweater, holed out for eagle to secure a tie for fourth place at the British Open.

He was just a kid then -a 17-year-old amateur seemingly with the golfing world at his feet - but it remains his best finish at his home major. Read More...

Masters champ Reed eyes 2nd major title

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Patrick Reed would figure to be a player British fans love to hate, largely due to his passionate play for the other side in the Ryder Cup.

But at least one Scot found something to like Tuesday as the Masters champion tried a variety of shots in a British Open practice round on the links of Carnoustie before hitting a Scottish-like punch 6-iron that ran some 100 yards on the ground before ending up next to the pin on the 16th green. Read More...

Knox giddy over Open pairing with Woods

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Getting into the British Open was a reward in itself for Russell Knox. And then it got better.

The text messages kept his phone buzzing - from his wife, his nephew, his brother-in-law - as he drove back to his hotel. He looked over at the screen and kept seeing the same message. Read More...

R&A tests drivers of several players

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Some players had to give up their drivers - at least temporarily - this week as British Open officials decided to test them to see if they were in violation of the rules.

The checks came in the midst of a distance debate that previously had been centered on golf balls, not clubs. Read More...

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