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Tiger Woods parts company with caddie Steve Williams

Tiger Woods parts company with caddie Steve Williams | Golf News | Scoop.it
Former world number one Tiger Woods has parted company with Steve Williams, who had been his caddie since 1999.
Woods, who missed last week's Open because of a leg injury, made the announcement on his official website.
Woods said: "I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie, but I think it's time for a change.

"Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future."

Williams has been working with Australian Adam Scott at the last two majors, and Woods has made no announcement yet about who will replace him when the 14-time major champion returns to action after his injury.

Williams was Woods's caddy for 13 of those 14 major wins, and was at one stage thought to be New Zealand's highest earning sporting figure.

Speaking to his official website, Williams confirmed the end of his relationship with Woods and revealed he would team up with Scott on a permanent basis.

He said: "After years of loyal service needless to say this came as a shock.

"Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger's scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries, I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time.

"I have had the opportunity to work of late for Australian Adam Scott and will now caddie for him on a permanent basis.

"Having started my caddying career with Australian great Peter Thompson and working for Greg Norman in the 80's I am excited about the future working for another Australian. "
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The Open 2011: Darren Clarke one shot ahead after R3

The Open 2011: Darren Clarke one shot ahead after R3 | Golf News | Scoop.it
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Open at Royal St George's on Sunday.

The 42-year-old escaped some brutal morning weather and fired a one-under 69 to edge to five under on a day of attrition on the Kent coast.

American Dustin Johnson climbed into second after sharing the joint best round of the day, a 68, with countryman Rickie Fowler.

The 22-year-old Fowler's impressive score, despite enduring some of the worst of the driving rain and 35mph winds, took him up to a tie for third with first-round co-leader Thomas Bjorn (71) of Denmark.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez slipped to a two-over 72 to end one under alongside joint overnight leader Lucas Glover (73) of America.

World number six Phil Mickelson headlined a group at level par comprising fellow American Anthony Kim (70), US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love (72), Germany's world number three Martin Kaymer, Dane Anders Hansen (72) and South African George Coetzee (72)...
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The Open 2011: Darren Clarke & Lucas Glover share halfway lead

The Open 2011: Darren Clarke & Lucas Glover share halfway lead | Golf News | Scoop.it
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke and American Lucas Glover head into the weekend with a one-shot lead at the 140th Open Championship.

Clarke shot a two-under 68 and 2009 US Open champion Glover carded 70 to set the pace at four under on a glorious summer's day at Royal St George's.

They head joint overnight leader Thomas Bjorn (72), Chad Campbell, Martin Kaymer and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
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Scottish Open: Donald wins but Montgomerie to miss Open

Scottish Open: Donald wins but Montgomerie to miss Open | Golf News | Scoop.it
World number one Luke Donald maintained his impressive form ahead of next week's Open with victory in the rain-hit Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

Donald carded a final-day score of 63 to clinch the title by four shots on 19 under from Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

"I am high in confidence going into the Open," Donald told BBC Sport.

Colin Montgomerie's score of 10 under par was not good enough to see him qualify for the Open, an event he will sit out for the first time since 1989.

The former Europe Ryder Cup captain needed a top-five finish at Castle Stuart to stand a chance of making next week's major in Sandwich...
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Scottish Open: Rain causes chaos

Scottish Open: Rain causes chaos | Golf News | Scoop.it
Torrential rain, floods and landslides caused chaos at the Scottish Open with no play taking place on day three.

The tournament at the Castle Stuart course near Inverness has been reduced to 54 holes, with 78 players yet to complete their second rounds.

After several delays, officials decided to start play at 1930 BST on Saturday.

Players took their places out on the course but the officials decided the conditions were still not good enough and abandoned play for the day.

Second-round play was suspended on Friday evening with Graeme McDowell, Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford tied for the lead at 11 under par.

Half the 156-strong field had still to complete their second rounds and the pre-Open warm-up event has been cut from 72 holes.

The course suffered severe flooding, plus landslides on holes one and 12.

It is hoped that the second round will be able to get under way at 0700 BST on Sunday, with the third and final round taking place after that.

European Tour official Mike Stewart said: "We have decided that, in the best interests of everyone, it will be reduced to a 54-hole tournament."
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Canada drug doctor pleads guilty

Canada drug doctor pleads guilty | Golf News | Scoop.it
A doctor who has treated Tiger Woods, baseball star Alex Rodriguez and other elite athletes has admitted charges of bringing illegal drugs into the US.

Canadian Anthony Galea has been charged with smuggling drugs including human growth hormone (HGH) into the country.

The Toronto-based physician, not licensed to work in the US, was said to have treated 20 professional athletes from October 2007 to September 2009.

His plea means a trial, revealing his clients, will not be held.

The indictment did not identify any clients, but prosecutors in the US city of Buffalo said they included golfers, professional baseball and American football players.

Golfer Tiger Woods said recently that he had been treated by Galea, but categorically denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
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Thomas Levet could miss British Open after breaking shin while celebrating

Thomas Levet could miss British Open after breaking shin while celebrating | Golf News | Scoop.it
Thomas Levet could miss the Open Championship after picking up a freak injury whilst celebrating his French Open victory.

The 42-year-old won his home championship for the first time with a one-shot triumph on Sunday and became only the second Frenchman to win his home championship after Jean-Francois Remesy (2004 and 2005).

But some of the gloss has been taken off Levet's success after he sustained a small fracture to his shin by jumping into a lake at Le Golf National to celebrate.

He had his leg put in a cast on Monday and has already been ruled out of this week's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.
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Watney excels as Fowler crumbles at AT&T National - PGA Tour

Watney excels as Fowler crumbles at AT&T National - PGA Tour | Golf News | Scoop.it
Nick Watney's excellent year got better on Sunday as he marched to victory by two strokes at the AT&T National.

The world No. 15 began 2011 with two PGA tour titles to his name, but that figure has now been doubled in the first seven months of the year as he added to his March triumph in the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Starting the final round as joint leader alongside Rickie Fowler, Watney stayed steady as Fowler capitulated, clearly feeling the pressure of chasing his maiden PGA Tour crown. A four-under round of 66 was enough to clinch the trophy for Watney, who completed the 72 holes in a winning score of 13-under...
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How an errant golf ball saved West Chester man's life

How an errant golf ball saved West Chester man's life | Golf News | Scoop.it
There were so many things Chris Logan could have done last Fourth of July.

He could have slept in. He could have hung around his apartment and gone out later for a holiday barbecue. One item pretty far down his list that day was to walk around Aronimink Golf Club in 95-degree heat for several hours watching the final round of competition in the AT&T National.

Eventually, his love of the game combined with the lure of tickets, and Logan traveled to the golf course with a friend. But he had his day cut short when a tee shot from Sean O'Hair, one of his favorite players, struck him in the left temple at the 18th hole.
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As emergency medical technicians hustled him to a nearby tent to be examined, Logan had no idea this would be the luckiest day of his life.

While checking him out for a concussion, a doctor inquired about a lump just below his throat and urged him to visit his family doctor to get it checked out. The lump turned out to be a malignant tumor on his thyroid. He underwent two surgeries less than six weeks after being struck by the ball.

Almost one year after it happened, Logan, who now is cancer-free, finally got to meet and shake hands Tuesday with O'Hair at Waynesborough Country Club, where O'Hair and fellow Tour player Hunter Mahan were giving a junior golf clinic...
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Bubba In Paris: "All Watson’s done is tarnish his fun-loving image and drawn comparisons to the ‘ugly American tourist’ that we all thought we saw the back of decades ago."

Bubba In Paris: "All Watson’s done is tarnish his fun-loving image and drawn comparisons to the ‘ugly American tourist’ that we all thought we saw the back of decades ago." | Golf News | Scoop.it
I was so excited when I turned on the Golf Channel Thursday and saw America's best golfer teeing it up in Paris. I thought, wow, Bubba Watson's picking up a nice appearance fee, experiencing a different culture and scouting out the 2018 Ryder Cup venue. Not to mention, quieting Euro skeptics who say Americans don't travel.

You go Bubba!

Then I read Bernie McGuire's account of day one for Bubba in Paris and after a 74, well, it seems there won't be a return visit. And most likely, no return invite either.

But when politely asked for a post round comment all the World No. 12 could say was: “I think this might be the only time I play in Europe. I miss my home.

“I love France. France is a nice place. Paris is a beautiful city. I went to the Eiffel Tower, to the Louvre, somthing like that, and the arch way, and saw the castle that we are staying next to (Versailles Palace).”

Louvre, something like that...
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Two heart transplants can't stop 31-year-old Compton

A lot had to be going through Erik Compton's mind after he endured the second heart transplant of his life three years ago, a procedure that threatened his career in professional golf.

Would he ever play again? If he did, would he have the stamina needed to grind for four consecutive days of tournament golf? He once was among the nation's top junior golfers, but would his game return to the level needed to earn a spot on the PGA Tour?

On Sunday, 37 months after that second transplant, the 31-year-old Compton earned the biggest tournament title of his life, capturing the Mexico Open on the Nationwide Tour. As a result, he gained a PGA Tour card - that is, playing privileges - on the 2012 tour...
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Woods says McIlroy a better young pro than he was at 22

Tiger Woods said on Tuesday it was fun watching Rory McIlroy run away with the U.S. Open this year and feels the Northern Irishman is a better player than he was at the tender golfing age of 22.

"That was pretty good, wasn't it? That was some seriously good playing," Woods told reporters at the AT&T National PGA event he is hosting this week at Aronimink.

McIlroy set a number of U.S. Open scoring records en route to an eight-shot win on June 19 that recalled Woods's 12-shot triumph at the 1997 Masters as a 21-year-old and the American's 15-shot win at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

"In 1997 when I was, what, 21, granted I had some success, but I didn't like my golf swing. That's why I changed it," the 14-time major winner said when asked to compare himself to McIlroy. "I felt like at the same age, his swing is definitely better than mine was at the same age..
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Sergio Garcia misses out on title in Munich but qualifies for the Open

Sergio Garcia misses out on title in Munich but qualifies for the Open | Golf News | Scoop.it
Sergio García is back. Almost. The Spaniard, who last summer took a two-month sabbatical in an attempt to rekindle his enthusiasm for the game, narrowly failed to win his first tournament in three years on Sunday, losing on the fifth play-off hole at the BMW International Open to Pablo Larrazábal.

García, the former world No2, forced the tournament into extra holes when he birdied the final hole of regulation play in Munich but a three-putt bogey on the decisive hole handed the victory and the £290,000 winner's cheque to his fellow Spaniard.

There was consolation for García, whose second-place finish earned him a place in next month's Open at Royal St George's. More significantly, perhaps, he has edged closer to the ranks of top-class players who can expect to contend in the biggest events, following up his seventh-place finish in last week's US Open with another good finish in one of the European Tour's more prestigious tournaments.

"My goal was to qualify for the British Open and I've done that," he said. "It was a pity one of us had to lose but seventh in the US Open, and this, shows my game is coming around.''
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Tiger Woods' ex-caddie Steve Williams upset at sacking

Caddie Steve Williams says he has "wasted two years" after Tiger Woods ended their 12-year partnership.


The New Zealander, who carried Woods' bag for 13 of his 14 major wins, joined the former world number one in 1999.

After being ditched, he told Television New Zealand: "You could say I've wasted the last two years of my life.

"I've stuck with Tiger and been incredibly loyal. I'm not disappointed I've been fired - that's part of the job - but the timing is extraordinary."

Williams, 47, caddied for Australian Adam Scott at last week's Open Championship and the preceding major, the US Open, after Woods withdrew with ongoing injuries.

"I am extremely disappointed, given that the last 18 months has been a particularly difficult time," Williams continued.

"With the scandals, a new coach, a swing change, I've stuck with him through thick and thin and been incredibly loyal - and then this happens.

"I wouldn't ditch someone when the chips are down. I've stuck by Tiger and put myself and my family in a difficult position."...
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The Open 2011: Darren Clarke captures maiden major win

The Open 2011: Darren Clarke captures maiden major win | Golf News | Scoop.it
Darren Clarke kept his nerve to clinch his maiden major title with a three-shot victory in the Open at Royal St George's.

The 42-year-old Northern Irishman fired a final-round 70 to finish five under to hold off Americans Phil Mickelson (68) and Dustin Johnson (72).

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn ended on one under after a 71 with American trio Rickie Fowler (72), Chad Campbell (69) and Anthony Kim (70) on level par.

Clarke, playing in his 20th Open Championship, is the first winner from the UK since Paul Lawrie in 1999 and becomes only the second Northern Irishman to win the Open after Fred Daly in 1947.

And he follows in the footsteps of countrymen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell who both won their first majors at the US Open this year and last, respectively...
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The Open 2011: Donald and Westwood fail to make cut

The Open 2011: Donald and Westwood fail to make cut | Golf News | Scoop.it
The world's top two players, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, headed a host of big names who failed to make the cut on day two of the Open at Sandwich.

Donald bogeyed the final four holes for a 75 to finish six over while Westwood had a 73 - his four over total one shot beyond the qualifying mark.

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell carded a 77 and finished five over.

Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter, Ernie Els, Angel Cabrera and John Daly were others who failed to make the weekend.
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The Open 2011: Amateur Tom Lewis shares lead with Bjorn after round one

The Open 2011: Amateur Tom Lewis shares lead with Bjorn after round one | Golf News | Scoop.it
English amateur Tom Lewis and Danish veteran Thomas Bjorn lead the 140th Open Championship after the first round at Royal St George's.

Bjorn, 40, fired a five-under 65 on Thursday morning and was joined late in the day by the 20-year-old Lewis.

The pair lead by one from 47-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2009 US Open champion Lucas Glover and American debutant Webb Simpson.

Northern Ireland's 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell and countryman Darren Clarke, England's Simon Dyson and Germany's world number three Martin Kaymer were in a large group on two under.

World number one Luke Donald struggled on the greens as he carded a one-over 71, the same score as second-ranked Lee Westwood and US Open champion Rory McIlroy...
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The Open 2011: Broken leg puts Thomas Levet out of Open

The Open 2011: Broken leg puts Thomas Levet out of Open | Golf News | Scoop.it
Thomas Levet withdraws from next week's Open after breaking a leg by jumping into a lake, while celebrating his victory at the French Open on Sunday.
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Tiger Woods out of British Open

Tiger Woods out of British Open | Golf News | Scoop.it
Tiger Woods announced today on his website that he is out of next week's British Open because his left knee has not fully healed.

"Unfortunately, I've been advised that I should not play in the British Open," Woods said. "As I stated at the AT&T National, I am only going to come back when I'm 100 percent ready. I do not want to risk further injury. That's different for me, but I'm being smarter this time. I'm very disappointed and want to express my regrets to the British Open fans."
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Thomas Levet edges out Mark Foster at French Open - European Tour

Thomas Levet edges out Mark Foster at French Open - European Tour | Golf News | Scoop.it
Frenchman Thomas Levet pipped Britain's Mark Foster by a single stroke to win the French Open at Le Golf National.

The 42-year-old was three shots behind going into the final day but his round of 70 put him at seven under overall.

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark could have forced a play-off but he missed a four-foot putt for par on the 18th and had to settle for second with Foster.

Britain's James Morrison, an overnight leader at nine under, slumped to joint seventh place after carding a 78.

Levet's win comes 25 years after his debut in the French Open and many of his supporters were shouting for him to be Europe's Ryder Cup captain when the competition comes to La Golf National in 2018.
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The bizarre tale of the young Welsh golfer, the thermometor and the Open Championship

The bizarre tale of the young Welsh golfer, the thermometor and the Open Championship | Golf News | Scoop.it
Rhondda golfer Matthew Phythian will be forgiven this week for going off his trolley - after a thermometor on his bag saw him ruled out of the running for the Open Championship at Royal St George’s

Because his Motocaddy S1 has got the 21-year-old Penrhys amateur disqualified from a possible spot among the stars of world golf at this month’s Open Championship at Royal St George’s, Sandwich.

The Sports Studies student at Glamorgan University was going along swimmingly at Rye Golf Club last Tuesday in final qualifying for Sandwich when a chance remark from fiancee and caddie Josephine about how hot it was at the Kent links course set into motion a chain of events that saw the dream Open ticket rapidly turn into a nightmare.

Being two under par after 14 holes Phythian heard over the radio he was to be disqualified after it was found he had a working temperature gauge on his electric trolley which contravened Rule 14-3 of the Royal and Ancient law book.

While the Open is a graveyard littered with some high-profile players disqualified – Mark Roe and Jesper Parnevik’s at Royal St George’s in 2003 being one of the most publicised when marking the wrong scorecards – Phythian’s elimination for a temperature gauge on his trolley will be one of most bizarre in Major history.
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Robert Garrigus says he and other golfers smoked pot during Nationwide Tour events

Robert Garrigus says he and other golfers smoked pot during Nationwide Tour events | Golf News | Scoop.it
Robert Garrigus, who finished in a tie for third at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club recently, said he and other golfers used to smoke marijuana while they were on the course playing in Nationwide Tour.

Garrigus, 33, went through a rehab program as he battled substance abuse issues early in his career.

As a player the Nationwide Tour, the PGA’s developmental circuit, he and other golfers would sneak off to smoke — often in portable toilets.
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European Tour Weekly - June 29, 2011

European Tour Weekly - June 29, 2011 | Golf News | Scoop.it
This week The European Tour heads to Paris for the oldest national open in Continental Europe, the Alstom Open de France. Le Golf National, the course that will stage the 2018 Ryder Cup, plays hosts for the tenth consecutive year and a world-class field including Martin Kaymer, Bubba Watson, Francesco Molinari who lost to Miguel Angel Jimenez in a playoff last year, his brother Edoardo and Matteo Manaserro will be competing...
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Tiger Woods likely to miss British Open

Tiger Woods likely to miss British Open | Golf News | Scoop.it
A Tiger Woods sighting at next month’s British Open is unlikely and the ailing former superstar may be on the shelf for the rest of the 2011 season, long-time friend Notah Begay III suggested Wednesday. A comeback in time for the Open Championship by a frustrated Woods -- still wearing an orthopedic boot to protect his achy Achilles tendon -- is "up in the air," the Post-Standard quoted Begay as saying.
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