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
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.
On Sunday, Jordan Spieth won his third major championship, further proving that the gamble Under Armour took on a little-known, 19-year-old golfer in 2013 was a brilliant one. Among Under Armour's bevy of MVPs and tops-in-their-sport athletes, is Spieth, the face of their golf line. As was the case with many of the other athletes on Team Under Armour, they jumped on Spieth's bandwagon early, long before he was a household name.