Martin Kaymer was approaching the sixth tee during a practice round at Royal Birkdale when he told his playing partners that he was calling it a day. He walked up the fairway and off into the distance, leaving Paul Broadhurst and Richard Bland to debate the tee shot. Quite a few other golfers might like to avoid the hole at this British Open. A 499-yard par 4 this year, the left-to-right dog-leg has played the hardest hole on the course in each of the last two Opens at Birkdale — in 1998 and 2008. In '08, the scoring average was 4.77, making it the second most difficult hole at an Open Championship from 1982-2016 after the 17th at St. Andrews in 1984. There were only 10 birdies there all week.
SOUTHPORT, England – Apparently, fame has its benefits. Jordan Spieth said he and swimming legend Michael Phelps have become “good friends” since the Phoenix Open in February. That week, Phelps, a fellow Under Armour endorser, invited Spieth and caddie Michael Greller over to his house after one of the rounds, and they chatted deep into the night about their competitive lives – “the good, the bad, everything that comes with what we do,” Spieth said. The Open: Full-field scores | Live blog: Day 1 | Full coverage Spieth and Phelps met up again a few weeks ago in Cabo, where they celebrated the July 4 holiday with Michael Jordan, Russell Wilson and Fred Couples. “I looked around the room there and
Australian golfer Jason Day on Wednesday offered an unusual excuse for arriving later than planned for practice at the British Open—it was U.S. President Donald Trump's fault. The former world number one normally pitches up a week earlier for major tournaments to allow himself time to adjust to the course. But this time Day only arrived on Monday. "I had three weeks off before this, so I could have got in early," he said. "I was supposed to come in on Sunday. And I was flying through JFK, and President Trump was there and there was a bunch of delays. So I just decided to move my flight back a little bit later." Trump had been coming back through New York from the U.S. Women's Open at the Trump