Ian Poulter took an early lead on two-under-par at the 146th British Open, rolling in two birdie putts on the second and fourth holes. Rain and crosswinds tested the resolve of the early starters with the first four groups taking a collective 16-over par on the tough par-four first hole.
Jason Day's caddie presented British Open officials with an interesting option on the par-4 ninth hole at Royal Birkdale. Colin Swatton wondered about hitting a tee shot onto the adjacent 10th fairway for a shorter, clearer shot into the green.
Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are the bookmakers' favourites to win the British Open, which starts at Royal Birkdale on Thursday. Spieth, third in the rankings and twice a major winner, will tee off alongside Swedish defending champion Henrik Stenson.
Mark O'Meara made the worst possible start when he sent his opening tee shot out of bounds as the American veteran got the 146th British Open underway in cold and wet conditions at Royal Birkdale.
World number one Dustin Johnson believes he is entering the British Open close to his best again after recovering from the injury he suffered prior to the US Masters in April. Johnson won three tournaments in a row ahead of Augusta.
Two Indian golfers -- Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Kapur -- will be looking to make an impact when they tee off at The Open, starting in London on Thursday. It is only the third time that there will be two Indians in the same edition of The Open championships.
28-year-old Rory McIlroy, a former world number one now ranked fourth, is rated a 20-1 shot by bookmakers to repeat his 2014 Open victory at Royal Birkdale this week. McIlroy's last major title came at the 2014 U.S. PGA Championship a few weeks after he won the British Open.
Shiv Kapur has claimed that he will have a couple of strategies in place to face the Royal Birkdale course as he takes part at The Open on Thursday.
Jordan Spieth has come the closest to any player of repeating the kind of dominance that Woods enjoyed, producing a magnificent 2015 season when he captured the U.S. Masters and U.S. Open titles and came close to winning the Open and U.S. PGA Championship.
After turning professional, Justin Rose missed the cut in his first 21 events and although he gradually built up his form, reputation and ranking, it was not until the 2013 U.S. Open that he finally won a major.
A leading golf association triggered criticism after tightening rules over what female golf players are allowed to wear on the fairway.Women who break the new rules risk being fined $1,000 - with penalties doubling each time the dress code is broken.
The last seven major championships have been won by players who had never won a major in their lives. That could go to eight this week if an up and coming player the likes of John Rahm who dominated the Irish Open in his last outing can win the British Open.
Choi Hye-jin, the world number two amateur, finished runner-up to compatriot Park Sung-hyun at the US Women's Open in New Jersey on Sunday, coming within three shots of becoming the first amateur champion since Catherine Lacoste in 1967.
On another signature day for Spanish golf in 2017, Cabrera Bello followed up an 8-under 64 _ a course record at Dundonald Links _ with a birdie in a sudden-death playoff against Shinkwin to win his third European Tour title.
Last year Choi was the low amateur, finishing 38th at CordeValle in California. Her performance over the four days at Trump National suggests she will flourish as a professional when she makes the switch.
First local activists sported pink umbrellas on the warm, sunny day and spelled out messages written on their white tee-shirts as they posed in front of the Trump National clubhouse.
Park, who won seven times on the Korean LPGA Tour in 2016, saved par at the par-five 18th with a superb chip from a tight lie behind the green to post a five-under-par 67.
Dustin Johnson, the current world number one player in men's golf, knows his dip in form won't matter until he's on the first tee on Thursday morning for his first competition in 34 days, dating to a missed cut at the US Open.
The 51-year-old, Prayad Marksaeng, won his 10th Asian Tour title at the Singapore Open in January to qualify for the year's third major, which will tee off at the Merseyside course on Thursday. He is playing his first British Open since 2012.
Bomb-sniffing dogs examined vehicles entering the 500-acre grounds, military personnel patrolled in jeeps and Secret Service agents tried to blend into the crowd in sky blue golf shirts, given away by the corded earphones running down their collars.
After her birdie on No. 10, she made a triple bogey on the par-4, 11th hole, chipping her third shot from behind the green off the front and leaving her chip back up short. A bogey on the 12th hole dropped her five shots off the lead.
The top six players chasing Shanshan Feng are all from South Korea, and you have to go all the way to eighth place to find a U.S. player. That's Cristie Kerr, who was five shots off the lead.
The pick of the day was Andy Sullivan, whose 67 had six birdies, but the sequence of bogey-double bogey-eagle from 16th to 18th presented an adventurous journey as he zoomed from T-31 to fourth.
President Donald Trump sat in one of more than a dozen black SUVs that rolled through the gate into the 500-acre grounds as the 156-player field were deep into the second round on a rainy day in New Jersey's horse country.
Hootie Johnson, a former chairman of the executive committee at Bank of America who served eight years as chairman of Augusta National from 1998-2006, died on Friday, the club said in a statement.
Known in Korea as Lee Jeong-eun6, as the sixth player with that name to have played on the Korean tour, the 21-year-old has 10 top-10s from 14 events, including a win at the Lotte Rent a Car Ladies Open and a pair of runner-up finishes.
The 45-year-old Harrington had feared his career could be over after suffering an elbow injury last month, but the world number 169 continued to roll back the years with a round of 68 ahead of next week's British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Vani Kapoor clinched her third win in four starts on the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour with a bogey free three-under 68 in the final round of the eighth leg of the Tour at Clover Greens. Gaurika Bishnoi maintained her top spot with Vani moving from fifth to third spot.
Two two-time major winners, Lydia Ko and So Yeon Ryu, who won the first major of the year at the ANA Inspiration, are at 68. Minjee Lee, who at 21 has already won three LPGA events, is three back at 69.
The 27-year-old from Hawaii called a rules official over at the par-three 14th and was ready to pull out, but physios arrived and, granted 15 minutes for treatment, she was able to carry on. She also had her neck massaged on course.
Shanshan Feng, who played an event last week in China and arrived in Bedminster exhausted on Monday after an overnight flight, scored in bursts with two batches of three birdies in a bogey-free round at the course some 50 miles west of Manhattan.
Rickie Fowler, who won the Scottish Open when it was held at Gullane, missed the 2016 tournament because of scheduling conflicts arising from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which clogged up the golfing calendar last summer.
Cristie Kerr has not lost any of her enthusiasm and said she sees nothing to stop her from piling up wins for another decade or two on the LPGA Tour. Kerr notched her 19th career tour victory by winning April's LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii.
Trish Johnson completed a wire-to-wire victory Wednesday in the Senior LPGA Championship, closing with a 1-over 73 to beat Michelle Redman by three strokes in the first-year event. Johnson finished at 4-under 212 on French Lick Resort's Pete Dye Course and earned $90,000.
Gaurika Bishnoi was second behind Tvesa Malik. Gaurika has finished outside Top-4 only once this season and that has also been the only time she has finished outside Top-4 in her entire pro career spanning nine starts – two last season and seven this year.
The U.S. Golf Association would neither confirm nor deny a report on Tuesday that then U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to sue them if they decided to move the U.S. Women's Open from his Bedminster course.