Matt Kuchar did enough to win the British Open last week. He should have, by any normal standard: Holding a one shot lead over Jordan Spieth with just five holes left to play, Kuchar played his next four holes in two under yet, somehow, arrived at the 18th hole trailing by two. It was a cruel twist of fate, one brought about by Spieth's transcendent talent. Kuch handled the loss with his typical class and graciousness, which was especially hard for him given his family had flown over the Atlantic on a last-minute flight, hoping to see their father capture his first major. Ahead of this week's RBC Canadian Open, Kuchar talked about how grateful he was to see them after his round, but also about
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.
Dustin Johnson conceded Wednesday that he’s still not 100 percent after suffering a freak back injury prior to the Masters. Johnson had been cruising heading into Augusta, winning three consecutive starts, but he said he slipped on a flight of stairs at his rental house and was unable to play in the year’s first major. After a tie for second at the Wells Fargo Championship, he hasn’t finished better than 54th in his last three starts – his worst stretch in more than three years. “I’m still feeling the effects of it,” he told reporters at the RBC Canadian Open. “No pain or anything like that. But it’s still a little tight. I’m having to get worked on a good bit just to try to loosen up those