Bernhard Langer and his long putter will be back in the spotlight this week at the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl. The 59-year-old told The Telegraph on Wednesday that it is “hurtful” some would accuse him of still anchoring his putter against his sternum, which was outlawed by golf’s governing bodies in 2016. Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee has been one of the most ardent critics of Langer and fellow ex-anchorer Scott McCarron, who have combined to win three of the four majors this year. The USGA has defended both players. “I personally don’t understand it,” Langer told The Telegraph, “because I’m a man of integrity, and the last thing I want to do is break rules and be known for cheating.
A former sixth-grade math teacher, Michael Greller is strong in numbers. Jordan Spieth leaned more on his caddie's words at the British Open. "This is as much mine as it is his," Spieth said as he clutched the silver claret jug. And then he turned to look over at Greller and said, "You deserve all the credit in the world for this major championship." Greller still had to work out some new math at the most critical juncture of the final round at Royal Birkdale. Spieth was hitting his third shot from the driving range and couldn't see any part of the par-4 13th hole. He thought he was about 270 yards away and was planning to hit 3-wood. Greller estimated the yardage closer than that and told him
Matt Kuchar and Ian Poulter now have something in common. They both got their hearts broken at Royal Birkdale. Nine years ago, Poulter holed a 15-footer on the final green that he thought would give him The Open title. That's when Padraig Harrington came home in 32, with an eagle on the 71st hole, to win by four. Poulter was crushed, and now Kuchar can relate. Playing alongside Jordan Spieth, Kuchar was one shot clear with five holes to play, shot 2 under the rest of the way … and lost by three. “I haven’t really spoken to Matt in person, I just said to him, ‘Congratulations,’” Poulter said. “Second place is always kind of a bittersweet feeling. … “I’ve been in that position, and it’s a hard