The Open 2010

The Open 2010

RBS ends sponsorship of The Open

THE Royal Bank of Scotland yesterday took a step back from its historic relationship with the most prestigious event in the British golfing calendar by ending its sponsorship of The Open Championship.

Bernhard Langer digs his heels in to win Senior Open title

BRIDGING a 27-year gap - he won the Glasgow Classic at Haggs Castle in 1983 as a fledgling European Tour player - Bernhard Langer chalked up only his second success in Scotland after holding off a spirited challenge from Corey Pavin, the US Ryder Cup captain, to notch a one-shot victory in the Open Senior Championship at Carnoustie yesterday.

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The Open 2010: Open to question

OPENS at St Andrews are always special things, but, sad to say, it is unlikely that history will recall the 139th playing of the world's oldest and most important championship with anything other than a stifled yawn.

'Farm boy' Oosthuizen splashes out on dream tractor to celebrate win

OPEN champion Louis Oosthuizen has splashed out on something special to mark his first major win - a tractor.

Oosthuizen triumph may herald new era of European Tour dominance

ANDREW Chandler, who manages new Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, has warned the Americans to get used to seeing European Tour players winning majors over the next few years.

Sweet dreams flow from the Claret Jug for Louis Oosthuizen

WHEN you've won the Open Championship at St Andrews as a 200-1 outsider who'd missed the cut in three previous appearances in the event, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a dream.

R&A declares Open a success and puts faith in Old Course for 2015

THE 150th anniversary Open Championship has been hailed a success by the R&A despite the cancellation of the Champions' Challenge, criticism of a decision to suspend play, revenue lost from a reduced attendance, and the Old Course producing a shock winner.

King Louis has Open arms for rising star David Li

FOR the day, he was the most famous sportsman in the world.

Gary Player revels in Louis Oosthuizen's storming victory and what it means for South Africa

A SOUTH African reigning supreme at the Open was perhaps meant to be. The day after the tournament concluded Gary Player was hosting a Pro-Am event at Archerfield Links, just 70 road miles or – if you happen to be the most successful international golfer of all-time – a six-minute helicopter ride down the coast from the scene of Louis Oosthuizen's triumph at St Andrews.

Ian Wood: Hurricane put the wind up the press

Wind farms in Scotland, according to an intriguing snippet of weekend news, are apparently suffering from a distinct lack of it – wind, that is. This must have come as something of a shock, not only to people who are keen on wind farms, but also to those golfers who spent a fair amount of time at St Andrews last week coping with what looked like enough windpower to run a battleship for a year.

The Open: Stewart Cink content to let go of his pride and joy after a year as champion

The Claret Jug is not the only new thing in an Open winner's life, just ask 2009 champion Stewart Cink.

The Open: Rest of the world takes advantage as the heavy hitter Americans drop off the leaderboards

SO FAREWELL then Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, hello Nick Watney, Dustin Johnson, JB Holmes and Sean O'Hair. The face of American golf is changing and it's one we now barely recognise.

The Open: Phone call from Player on morning of final round warned that the crowd would be on Casey's side, but to 'stay clam and have a lot of fun'

GARY Player helped Louis Oosthuizen add to the celebrations in South Africa on Nelson Mandela Day by becoming the fourth Springbok to become Open champion.

The Open: Nerveless Oosthuizen silences any doubt with a majestic win

IT'S just as well for Garry Harvey, the R&A's trophy engraver, that the winner isn't likely to have wanted his full name on the Claret Jug. After all, Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen would have been quite a task. It wouldn't have been inappropriate in the slightest, though, if he'd added the words 'worthy champion' after Louis Oosthuizen.

The Open: Paul Casey reflects on a tough day but admits that even his best would not have been enough

BEGINNING the final round just four strokes adrift of Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey was in the perfect position to put pressure on his opponent. Having already enjoyed top-ten finishes in the Open, the Masters and the US Open, the Englishman had far more experience than the South African of competing at the business end of major tournaments.

The Open: Nothing ugly about 'Shrek's' closing round

We have been enjoying learning more about Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen in the last few days but now we know something he most definitely is not: a choker. His temperament has been revealed to be as unshakeable as Table mountain following yesterday's remarkably level-headed guide to winning an Open championship in the most routine way imaginable.

The Open: No 1 spot remains out of reach for Phil Mickelson after another struggle

Phil Mickelson did not even have the consolation prize of ending up ahead of Tiger Woods and closing the gap at the top of the world rankings as another disappointing Open Championship performance fizzled out.

The Open: Tiger Woods loses his crown but retains his royal stature

THERE was no last-gasp struggle to hold on to the crown. No need for any pretender to rip the reins of power from the man who had reigned here for the past decade. Instead, the old king's life drew peacefully to a close, and little more than an hour later a new monarch of St Andrews was installed.

The Open: Gallacher profits from experience of partnering major winners

STEPHEN Gallacher, who produced the best performance by a Scot in the world's oldest major since the last Open Championship at St Andrews, is starting to feel comfortable in the company of major champions, the latest of his playing partners having been Masters champion Phil Mickelson.

The Open: Montgomerie turns thoughts to Ryder Cup after low-key finale

HE sensed it would be his last walk up the 18th at St Andrews in an Open Championship. But, with a couple of his giant strides, Colin Montgomerie was over the Swilcan Bridge in a flash. He didn't feel it appropriate to stop in the manner of Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. "That's only for winners," he said. "I should use the little plank they've got across the right hand side of the burn!"

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