With his successful defense of his Open Championship title, Tiger Woods earned the right to defend his crown in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the season-ending showcase of major champions. Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy already have qualified.
Majors are supposed to separate the men from the boys, says PGA.com contributor Grant Boone, and the 135th Open Championship did exactly that. Earl Woods' boy and Norma DiMarco's boy made their parents very proud.
Earl Woods would have loved this Open Championship. Every lesson he ever taught his son about life and golf seemed to be in play over four days at Royal Liverpool and, with his victory, Tiger proved that he remembered them all.
Chris DiMarco cheered up his grieving family and proved that his game was back on track at Hoylake. And, says T.J. Auclair, his strong finish just might have spared U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman a very difficult decision.
Struggles in the middle of his final round ended Ernie Els' chances of overtaking Tiger Woods for the Claret Jug. And though disappointed at again failing to beat Woods, the Big Easy also is pleased to be fully recovered from his knee problem.
For Sergio Garcia, Sunday at Hoylake played out in all-too-familiar fashion. With a chance to beat Tiger Woods in a major, the excitable Spaniard fell behind early, struggled to stay in contention and finished the day looking up at the winner.
Plus, Adam Scott questions the hole locations, Royal Liverpool sets an attendance record, Jim Furyk hails Tiger Woods, Tom Watson predicts big things from the leading amateur, Sean O'Hair's father-in-law assumes a new role, and more.
After finishing up at 5-under 283, Phil Mickelson described the pin placements as very difficult, but stopped short of criticizing them. And though disappointed with his week, he said he learned a lot about how to prepare for next year.
No one predicted that unheralded Anthony Wall would wind up as the highest finisher among all the British players. But after posting an 8-under 280 total, the 31-year-old Londoner believes his best years are still in front of him.
PGA.com contributor Grant Boone fully expected Tiger Woods and Ernie Els to feast on a hard, fast Royal Liverpool on Saturday. Instead they both lost their appetites as the field closed in fast at the 135th Open Championship.
Sergio Garcia hasn't fared well when facing Tiger Woods with major titles on the line, but he's got another shot at a big breakthrough. He tees off Sunday having played as well as anyone in the field, but still must overcome his history.
Tom Watson laments his trouble at the start and finish of his round. Plus, Paul Casey cards two back-nine triple-bogeys, Scott Verplank professes his love of links golf, John Senden chalks up the second ace of the week, and more.
Chris DiMarco has plenty of experience in contending in majors, and with a break here or there at the 2004 PGA Championship or 2005 Masters, he could be a major champion, too. He doesn't want to let another chance slip away on Sunday.
Despite being disappointed at his performance so far this week, Phil Mickelson wants to put together one completely solid round before he heads back to America. He was properly prepared, he said, but just didn’t execute the shots.
Plus, Greg Owen gets some medical advice from Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald believes the pressure has gotten to the British players, a Norwegian and Italian battle for the silver medal, Henrik Stenson can only laugh at his 9, and more.
The only Argentine golfer to win a major was Roberto De Vicenzo right here at Royal Liverpool back in 1967. On Sunday, two of his biggest fans and protégés, Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero, have a chance to follow in his footsteps.
With his wife struggling in her battle with cancer, Darren Clarke has finished up his Open and returned home for the foreseeable future. His compatriots hope he can return for the Ryder Cup, but he said he can't even think about that now.
As we watch Tiger Woods and friends continue their chase for the coveted claret jug at Royal Liverpool, PGA.com contributor Grant Boone can't get enough of BBC announcer Peter Alliss, "without a doubt the best listen" in the game.
Erie Els played like the Big Easy of old on Friday at Royal Liverpool. That was Step One in his return to championship form. Step Two is winning a weekend showdown with the world's best player, and Els is happy to have the chance to try it.
Plus, Tiger Woods talks tennis and travel with an Italian interviewer, Nick Faldo asks Woods for a parting gift, Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy believe plenty of players are still in the hunt, David Duval makes another major cut, and more.
As if a lingering back injury suffered while on a ski trip wasn't bad enough, the sudden death of his mother on July 4 compounded Chris DiMarco's agony. But here he is, at peace with himself and within sight of his first major.
After a two-eagle 66 on Friday, Retief Goosen hopes to put some front-nine pressure on leader Tiger Woods on Saturday. But Goosen concedes that he might be playing for second unless something brings Woods back toward the pack.
Even after making his third straight Open cut at age 56, Tom Watson sees room for improvement over the next two days. Plus, Miguel Angel Jimenez motors right into contention, Kenneth Ferrie's back goes out at a bad time, and more.