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Breaking down the top contenders to win The Open on Sunday

Breaking down the top contenders to win The Open on Sunday

Several golfers have emerged as top contenders to claim the Claret Jug on Sunday at The Open. Jon Rahm, the world number one, seeks his second major title, while Rory McIlroy eyes his fifth major and first Open Championship since 2014. Defending champion Collin Morikawa aims to retain the trophy and solidify his place among golf’s elite. Scottie Scheffler, the Masters champion, is another strong contender. Meanwhile, former Open champions Cameron Smith and Shane Lowry are hoping to repeat their past successes. With a challenging course and unpredictable conditions, this year’s Open promises an exciting finish.

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Meissner leads Spaun at Barracuda Championship

Meissner leads Spaun at Barracuda Championship

Henderson rallies for third Charles Schwab Cup victory

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (AP) — David Duval never should have given Pat Perez hope. Perez eventually did what a lot of people thought he would do, chipping in for eagle on the final hole of the BMW Championship for a two-stroke victory. With a one-shot lead and needing only to make par on the par-5 18th at Cog Hill, Duval hit a wild tee shot into the trees, then hit 5-iron so far left of the green that it disappeared into the rough.

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What to watch in Round 3: Can Shane Lowry hold on? Will Scottie Scheffler make a run?

What to watch in Round 3: Can Shane Lowry hold on? Will Scottie Scheffler make a run?

Round 3 at the 2024 PGA Championship

Shane Lowry enters Round 3 with a two-stroke lead, but the chasing pack is closing in. Scottie Scheffler, the world No. 1, is just three strokes back and will be looking to make a run.

Lowry has been in excellent form all week, but he will need to be at his best to hold off Scheffler and the rest of the field. The Irishman has a strong record in majors, having won the 2019 Open Championship, but he has never won a PGA Championship.

Scheffler, meanwhile, is looking to add to his impressive resume. The American has already won four PGA Tour events this season, including the Masters Tournament. He is one of the most in-form players in the world and will be a major threat to Lowry’s lead.

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He was an Open Championship long shot. On Saturday, he’s in the final pairing

He was an Open Championship long shot. On Saturday, he’s in the final pairing

Open Long Shot Surprises in Final Pairing

Cameron Young, an unexpected contender at the Open Championship, will play alongside Rory McIlroy in the final pairing on Saturday. Young, who began the tournament as a long shot, has impressed with his consistent play on the challenging Royal St George’s links course. His composure and ability to hit accurate shots have earned him a spot among the leaders, showcasing the unpredictable nature of the Open and the possibility of surprise victories.

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Why tee height might decide the 2024 Open Championship winner

Why tee height might decide the 2024 Open Championship winner

Tee height will be a key factor in determining the winner of the 2024 Open Championship. The R&A have announced that the tees at Royal Portrush will be raised for the tournament, which could make it more difficult for players to score.

The change in tee height is designed to make the course more challenging and to prevent players from hitting the ball too far. The R&A believe that this will lead to a more exciting and competitive tournament.

However, some players are concerned that the raised tees will make the course too difficult. They argue that it will make it harder to hit the ball close to the hole, and that it will lead to more bogeys and double bogeys.

The debate over tee height is likely to continue in the lead-up to the 2024 Open Championship. The R&A will be hoping that the changes they have made will lead to a more exciting and challenging tournament, but some players will be hoping that the tees are not raised too high.

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What to watch in Round 2: Will Royal Troon get any easier? Can Daniel Brown keep it up?

What to watch in Round 2: Will Royal Troon get any easier? Can Daniel Brown keep it up?

What to watch in Round 2: Will Royal Troon get any easier? Can Daniel Brown keep it up?

Royal Troon lived up to its reputation as a tough test of golf on Thursday, with 19 players finishing below 70 and just seven breaking 70.

Defending champion Cameron Smith shot a 1-over 72 to sit six shots behind overnight leader Viktor Hovland, while Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm also struggled to get going.

Can anyone tame Royal Troon in Round 2? And can Daniel Brown, the first amateur to lead The Open after the first round since 1947, keep it up?

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England’s Brown takes Open lead in major debut

England’s Brown takes Open lead in major debut

England’s Connor Brown took a one-stroke lead in the Open at Royal Portrush after a stunning first round.

The 23-year-old, who is making his major debut, carded a six-under-par 65 to leave him one ahead of American Xander Schauffele.

Brown birdied the third, fifth, ninth, 10th, 12th and 16th holes and is the youngest player to lead The Open after the first round since Rory McIlroy in 2010.

Schauffele, the world number 10, matched Brown’s score with six birdies of his own, but he also dropped a shot on the 18th.

Shane Lowry, who is seeking to become the first Irish winner of the Open since 1947, is among a group of eight players tied for third on four under par.

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2024 Open Championship Friday tee times: Round 2 groupings

2024 Open Championship Friday tee times: Round 2 groupings

2024 Open Championship Friday tee times: Round 2 groupings

The second round of the 2024 Open Championship will begin on Friday, July 14th at Royal Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland. World number one Rory McIlroy will tee off at 8:45 AM alongside Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm. Others grouped include Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth at 10:15 AM, and Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele at 10:30 AM. Fans can expect more exciting action on the greens as the field narrows down. The Old Course is known for its unforgiving rough and deep bunkers, so the players will need to be at their best to advance to the weekend.

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Scottie Scheffler’s Form and Pressure at The Open Championship

Scottie Scheffler’s Form and Pressure at The Open Championship

Changes to bunkers and rough at The Open impact gameplay

The bunkers at Royal St George’s have been modified for this year’s Open Championship, featuring a new sand that poses greater difficulty for players. Additionally, the rough surrounding the bunkers has been extended, increasing the challenge of retrieving errant shots. These alterations are part of the R&A’s effort to enhance the strategic nature of the course, testing players’ abilities and potentially influencing the outcome of the tournament.

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Scheffler in Tiger territory as Open betting fave

Scheffler in Tiger territory as Open betting fave

Scottie Scheffler, the world’s top-ranked golfer, is the betting favorite to win the U.S. Open, despite recent setbacks.

Scheffler has been in dominant form this year, winning four PGA Tour events, including the Masters. However, he missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament last week, raising some doubts about his form.

Despite the setback, Scheffler remains the favorite to win the U.S. Open, which starts on Thursday at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

The 25-year-old American is bidding to become the first player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year since Tiger Woods in 2002.

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