British Open 2024: Bets not panning out? New research says they shouldn’t
Australian Golf Digest
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8h ago
If gambling were an investment strategy, Charles Schwab would be sponsoring it. Golf, specifically wagering on golf, is of course the most capricious of enterprises, with just as many Scottie Schefflers and Xander Schauffeles populating leaderboards as Nicolai Højgaards and Sam Horsfields. In short, golf betting is a roulette wheel in an earthquake, and getting anything right is like throwing darts on top of the Royal Troon clubhouse Thursday morning. Don’t believe us? There’s now research that shows golf to be the most unpredictable professional sport there is (to some, at least: our expert ..read more
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Open Championship 2024: 7 things you need to know about Daniel Brown, the surprise 18-hole leader at Troon
Australian Golf Digest
by US Golf Digest
8h ago
[PHOTO: Tom Shaw/R&A] If you predicted Daniel Brown would be the outright leader after the first round of the Open Championship at Royal Troon, well congratulations are in order. You either have amazing foresight or you’re a friend/family member of the 29-year-old Englishman who had to wait until 4:16pm – the second-last threesome – to begin the first round of his first career major start, only to shoot a bogey-free 65 to outpace Shane Lowry by one shot. To conceive that the DP World Tour pro would be the 18-hole pacesetter would have been particularly challenging considering his recent f ..read more
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Open Championship 2024: Shane Lowry’s links artistry is key to his strong opening round
Australian Golf Digest
by US Golf Digest
9h ago
[PHOTO: Kevin C. Cox] In what must be seen as a something of a victory for art over science, old-school over new, subtlety over strength, Shane Lowry lit up the opening day of the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon. In conditions that befuddled many and bemused most of the rest, the Irishman nipped round the blustery Ayrshire links in five-under-par 66. It was quite the score – second only to Englishman Dan Brown’s 65 – on a day when more than a few of golf’s luminaries shot themselves out of contention early. As many as 12 members of the 157-strong field failed to break 80, a list that i ..read more
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British Open 2024: Bryson blamed his equipment for his woes on Day 1—does he have a point?
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10h ago
After a less-than-satisfying opening-round 76, Bryson DeChambeau was asked if he could turn it around for round two of the British Open at Royal Troon. His answer came with some interesting comments. “I’m going to go figure it out,” he said. “It’s something equipment related. The golf ball is … look, I’m not at 190 ball speed, so particularly when I’m hitting driver or 3-wood, those clubs are built for around that speed, that 190 ball speed, and my 3-wood around 180, so colder, firmer conditions the golf ball is not compressing as much. … I felt like I was swinging it somewhat OK, just t ..read more
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British Open 2024: This surprise contender earned one of the great golf nicknames of all time on Thursday
Australian Golf Digest
by US Golf Digest
10h ago
Major winners Shane Lowry, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Xander Schaffele, Brooks Koepka, Matt Fitzpatrick and Scottie Scheffler are all in (or right around) the top ten after strong opening rounds at Royal Troon. That’s a terrifying leaderboard, especially for a major, but if anyone can figure out how to survive when things get tough, it’s “The Da Vinci Code.” We’re unsure if that absurd nickname will stick for 29-year-old Englishman Daniel Brown but for just his third PGA Tour event, Brown looks like he’ll be sticking around for the long haul. With six birdies and no bogeys over his first 18 ..read more
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British Open 2024: 10 stats that tell the story of Day 1 at Troon
Australian Golf Digest
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10h ago
TROON, Scotland — The longest day of the year in major championship golf is nearly over, Shane Lowry leads at five under, the unlikely Daniel Brown lurks at four under, and Justin Thomas is a shot behind that. As we prepare for what should be a drier but equally windy Friday, here are 10 stats from Day 1 hat tell the story of the Open Championship so far. (These stats were prepared close to the end of play on Thursday, and to the extent that they change, it will be a slight and statistically insignificant change.) 1. Only one hole played under par, and just barely This was a brutal day at Tro ..read more
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Open Championship 2024: Cameron Smith struggles to his worst round at the majors
Australian Golf Digest
by Evin Priest
12h ago
[Photo: Ross Flannigan] Cameron Smith impressively fronted up to media after his worst score at the major championships came on day one at the Open Championship at Royal Troon. A bogey on the opening hole and a triple-bogey 7 immediately after amounted to a nine-over-par 80, eclipsing a nine-over 79 at the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills as his worst round in golf’s four biggest championships. He finished day one at the 152nd Open a whopping 14 shots behind first-round leader, Shane Lowry. The 2022 Open champion Smith made the turn in seven-over-par 43 and added four more bogeys, and two bir ..read more
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British Open 2024: This Brooks Koepka near-ace stinger is the nastiest shot you’ll see all week
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12h ago
Brooks Koepka got off to a rough start at Royal Troon on Thursday, bogeying two of his first three holes. Then, despite the swirling winds and rain, things took an unexpected turn as the Smash GC skipper carded four straight birdies to move from two over to two under faster than you can say “Playing Through.” Of all the shots in Koepka’s sizzling four-hole stretch, it was his tee shot on the par-3 5th—a NSFW near-ace stinger—that produced the most drooling. Get a cold shower going and check it out. RELATED: Jon Rahm becomes latest top golfer to have his haircut roasted by Golf Twitter Goodnes ..read more
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British Open 2024: Tiger Woods struggles again at a major with his season set to come to early end
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12h ago
TROON, Scotland — The belief that better days lie ahead remains for Tiger Woods. But the results keep suggesting otherwise. On a drizzly, breezy Thursday afternoon at Royal Troon, the 15-time major winner struggled to find any rhythm, making six bogeys and a two doubles en route to an eight-over 79 that left him ahead of just 12 other players after 18 holes at the British Open. “I didn’t do a whole lot of things right today,” Woods said after the round. “I made that putt on the third hole [one of just two birdies], and then I think I had, what, three three-putts today. I didn’t hit my irons v ..read more
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The classiest move I’ve ever seen on a golf course
Australian Golf Digest
by US Golf Digest
12h ago
For many private golf clubs, July is member-guest season, and my club, Rock Ridge C.C. in Newtown, Conn., is no exception. A great event in any year, this edition was defined by perhaps the greatest display of sportsmanship I’ve ever seen at the club level. The background: Like many member-guests, mine includes a “horse race” of flight winners and wild cards with teams eliminated on each hole. This year, the final two teams standing, former champs Michael Simes and Ben Palazzo and Ed Knauf and Dan Patti, were exchanging pars on the par-3 finisher when the unthinkable happened. On the third ho ..read more
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