Padraig Harrington’s British Open title defense ended with a three-over 73 for a 12-over-par total of 292, but he defended the swing changes which have come under scrutiny after a poor season. Harrington, a double major winner in 2008 and going for a hat-trick of British Open titles at Turnberry, spent the winter re-modelling his swing and results have been disappointing. He came into the British Open off the back of five missed cuts in PGA and European Tour events, but remains undaunted
The Ailsa course at Turnberry will offer a degree of difficulty worthy of a major championship, world number one Tiger Woods tells CNN as he bids to win his fourth British Open at the Scottish links. Woods had never played Turnberry before arriving for the third major of the season and after three practice rounds is fully aware of the challenge it presents, particularly if the wind blows
A top Australian government official met with Chinese authorities Saturday to discuss the arrest on spy charges of an Australian mining executive.
World number two Phil Mickelson has confirmed he will not take part in the British Open which begins in Turnberry on Thursday. The American, who has been replaced by compatriot Ben Crane in the 156-player field, has pulled out so he can be with his wife and mother who are both battling cancer. Mickelson, who has contested every Open since he turned professional in 1994 but only finished in the top 10 once when he was third at Troon in 2004, confirmed his decision with an announcement on his official Web site, www.philmickelson.com.