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U.S. Ryder Cup Team Seizes Big Lead on a Wild Opening Day

U.S. Ryder Cup Team Seizes Big Lead on a Wild Opening Day

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HAVEN, Wis. — A snapshot panorama from the first day of the Ryder Cup would start with a crowd of 40,000 — 90 percent of it American fans because of pandemic-related travel restrictions — noisily arriving before sunrise on Friday to roar unabated for 12 hours and through eight matches that concluded in the gloaming. Patriotic costumes were in vogue, though not among the most prominent spectators in the mix: Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry.Whistling Straits, the topsy-turvy golf fun house designed by Pete Dye along Lake Michigan, almost claimed two competitors as a stumbling Jordan Spieth ended up a hop step from a Great Lakes face plant and Ireland’s Shane Lowry flopped to his backside on an embankment like a toddler on a water slide. Tiger Woods, still recovering from a devastating car c...
British Open Heads for Furious Finish With Stars Tight at the Top

British Open Heads for Furious Finish With Stars Tight at the Top

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SANDWICH, England — Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth had much in common as the third round of the British Open ended on Saturday in the sort of gentle breezes and golden, early evening light more associated with Augusta National than the English seaside.Morikawa and Spieth are precocious and thoughtful American golf stars in their 20s who have proved that they can win a major championship. Both are still in hot pursuit of Louis Oosthuizen, the mild-mannered South African who remains in the lead but hardly in charge of this major with just one round to play at Royal St. George’s.Oosthuizen is 12 under par. Morikawa, who was paired with him on Saturday, is one shot back at 11 under. Spieth is in third at nine under.But though Morikawa and Spieth are in similar positions, they finished their...
Jordan Spieth Makes the Most of a Mercurial British Open Course

Jordan Spieth Makes the Most of a Mercurial British Open Course

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SANDWICH, England — Jordan Spieth, a born communicator, was, as usual, talking to himself, to his caddie, to his ball in flight and on the roll.There was no shortage of good news to discuss on Thursday as Spieth dodged the danger and rolled in the birdies on the first day of the British Open.It was Spieth’s first time playing Royal St. George’s, and you would never have known as he finished with a five-under-par 65, one shot off the lead held by Louis Oosthuizen.“For the most part historically I’ve come into venues I’ve never seen before in any tournament, not just an Open, and I’ve always tried to find something I love about it,” Spieth said. “There’s been times recently where I’ve said, ‘Man, I just really don’t like this place.’ But I came in here, and I’ve been in a really good mood ab...
That Brooks Koepka Feud Won’t Leave Bryson DeChambeau Alone

That Brooks Koepka Feud Won’t Leave Bryson DeChambeau Alone

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As play was concluding at the Memorial, a grinning Koepka playfully threw another barb in DeChambeau’s direction. After thanking fans for shouting his name Friday, he posted a video on Instagram and Twitter offering a case of beer to the first 50 people whose time at the tournament, as he said, “might have been cut short.”The clamor around DeChambeau may have had no effect on his golf, but after shooting a one-under 71 in the first round, which included 15 holes played Friday morning, DeChambeau stumbled badly at the start of the second round Friday afternoon. With three putts from 28 feet, he double bogeyed the first hole, then took four shots to reach the par-4 third green, which led to a bogey. DeChambeau responded with an eagle and four birdies but also had three more bogeys for an inc...
Hideki Matsuyama Charges Into the Lead at the Masters

Hideki Matsuyama Charges Into the Lead at the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The third round of the Masters tournament began Saturday with a gusting wind that bedeviled the field and seemed to make the firm, already crusty Augusta National Golf Club greens more parched, speedy and vexing.Then, just before 4 p.m., a rainstorm with the potential for thunder and lightning sent the golfers scurrying to the safety of the clubhouse. After a 78-minute suspension of play, players returned to a golf course that was far more forgiving with dampened, significantly slower greens. The wind had all but disappeared.Sensing the reprieve, many in the field attacked.Leading the charge was Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who shot a sparkling 65 by playing his final eight holes in six under par. At 11 under par for the tournament, Matsuyama, 29, will take an authoritative fo...
At the Masters, Justin Rose Is an Outlier, and Establishes an Early Lead

At the Masters, Justin Rose Is an Outlier, and Establishes an Early Lead

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — A golf course does not have feelings.Or does it?It would be the easiest way to explain the revenge Augusta National Golf Club exacted on the field in the first round of the Masters tournament on Thursday, after the course was routed by many of the same players last year.Five months ago in November, a month when Augusta National is typically just waking from a good slumber, the world’s best golfers arrived to play the 2020 Masters, which was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The course was somnolent and unprepared, especially since it got good and sloshed by rain the night before the event began.Golf’s elite took no pity on the venerable, if vulnerable, aristocrat of major championship golf courses. Dustin Johnson’s winning score of 20 under par was a tournament record, an...
How to Grip a Putter: 9 Ways the Pros Use

How to Grip a Putter: 9 Ways the Pros Use

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Accurate putting is widely considered the most pivotal golf skill, and the most intractable. While golfers generally hold their clubs the same way for a full swing, when it comes to rolling a little white ball into a hole roughly four inches wide, even the best players in the world contort their hands and arms into exotic grips to calm their nerves and foster consistency.Here are nine ways that top golfers at this week’s Masters Tournament try to solve the eternal puzzle of putting:Lee WestwoodThe ClawCredit...Doug Mills/The New York TimesLee Westwood: The ClawPopularized about 25 years ago, the claw grip, in right-handed golfers, features a right hand that does not merge with a stabilizing left hand at the top of the putter, as was done in conventional grips for decades. Th...
Without Tiger Woods, the 2021 Masters Leaderboard Is Wide Open

Without Tiger Woods, the 2021 Masters Leaderboard Is Wide Open

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Masters Tournament, after an aberrant autumn appearance five months ago, returns this week to its customary place as a ritual of spring, and golf fans will find familiar the sight of vibrant azalea bushes and blooming magnolia trees. But beyond aesthetics at the Augusta National Golf Club, this year’s Masters may be at a crossroads, when golf’s most tradition-bound event turns a new page.Slightly more than a year ago, the energy driving the golf world was a fervent zeal to watch Tiger Woods defend his seismic 2019 Masters victory. Now, the next chapter of the Tiger era at the Masters remains wholly undefined. Because of the serious leg injuries he sustained in a February car crash, Woods will not compete at the Masters, something that has happened three times since 2014....