Golf fans everywhere knew Jim "Bones" Mackay would bring a unique perspective to Golf Channel's television broadcast when he signed on after splitting with Phil Mickelson after 25 years on the bag. And he delivered on his first day during Round 1 of The Open at Royal Birkdale. Following Bubba Watson down the back nine, "Bones" told a fantastic story about the time a college-aged Watson took on Mickelson in the late '90s, long before the two had ever donned a green jacket. In town visiting his caddie in Athens, Ga., Mickelson ran into Watson and the rest of the University of Georgia golf team. Watson apparently challenged Mickelson, a budding PGA Tour superstar at the time, to a match. The stakes?
The Latest on the British Open (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Jon Rahm has escaped a penalty for improving the area of his intended swing. As a result, his bogey became a birdie on the 17th hole at Royal Birkdale in the opening round of the British Open, and Rahm shot a 69. It happened in thick grass left of the fairway. Rahm went to move what he thought was a loose twig to the right of his ball. But it was a vine with thorns growing out of the ground. Lee Westwood noticed it and pointed out the violation (Rule 13-2). The walking official said it would be a two-shot penalty. After the round, Rahm met with R&A rules director David Rickman. He said the vine was not in his intended swing path. Rahm
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