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Tiger Woods Hopes Staying On Yacht Helps Him for US Open

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Tiger Woods is hoping that by staying on his yacht, that he calls “dinghy”, will help his chances as he competes in this week’s U.S. Open.

“Yeah, staying on the dinghy helps,” Woods joked (h/t ESPN). “There are a few guys this week who have said it’s taken them from the hotel 2½ to 3 hours and there’s a good chance that someone might be their (tee time). You get a little traffic, maybe a little fender bender, and it’s not inconceivable someone could miss their time.”

Woods has struggled at times since he came back from his fourth back surgery, but showed flashes of his form during play at the Memorial.

Golf is always frustrating,” Woods said. “There’s always something that isn’t quite right, and that’s where we, as players, have to make adjustments. You’ve seen the tournaments I’ve played this year. There’s always something. Hopefully this is one of those weeks where I put it all together and even it out. We’ll see what happens.”

Woods said he put in significant work on his short game after he had 118 putts over four rounds at Muirfield Village.

“What I’ve done over basically my entire career is putt with those putters at home a lot,” Woods said. “And then I like to feel that in my fingers when I grab my other putter, the one you’ve seen me putt with for most of those years, and have that same swing.

“What I did at Memorial, I just didn’t feel comfortable over it. I couldn’t see my lines. And those greens were quick, and I just didn’t feel comfortable and didn’t hit many good putts. I hit a lot of bad ones.

“This is a different week, different setup, different grass. This is what I basically grew up on out there on the West Coast. Poa (annua) gets bumpy, and it requires a lot of patience. A lot of times you can hit great putts on poa, and it doesn’t go in. The key is to hit putts solid and see what happens.”

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R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers Defends Pay Gap

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R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers is defending the massive pay gap in regards to the purses for The Open Championship and the Women’s British Open.

Slumbers was being flooded with questions from the media regarding the sizable disparity, but stood his ground in defending it.

“We’re as ambitious for the Women’s British Open as we are for The Open,” Slumbers said, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. “But as I have said previously, we want to grow the women’s game. We’re passionate about growing the women’s game, but we need to build a sustainable women’s game, and that means building a bigger amateur game right from the very beginning up to the top.

“To build the economics of the Women’s British Open, to be able to keep raising the prize money we need to do it as a sustainable business model. It needs to be a long-term business model, and that is what we are spending a long time doing. How do we build a better model to have a more financially successful Women’s British Open that will flow then down into the prize money? Where it ends up, I don’t know. But my ambition is to keep growing the overall performance of it and keep enhancing the status of the event.”

The purse for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club this week is $10.75 million, with the Champion Golfer of the Year collecting $1.935 million.

In comparison, the purse for the 43rd Women’s British Open is $4.5 million, with the winner taking home $675,000.

“As we’re looking at the Women’s British Open, how we attract more people to watch the championship, to watch it live or watch it on TV, it may be that only being on links courses might not be the right answer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see with the Women’s British Open a mix of some of the great inland courses and the great links courses, but all aimed at trying to make the championship more engaged with by the public.”

“There’s been a lot of talk about (taking The Open outside England) and I think that’s because of the success of bringing it to Royal Portrush,” Slumbers said. “But we have 10 courses in the pool that we use and we think they’re the best links courses in the world, and we’re happy with those courses.

“If we think about the past few years, going back to Carnoustie, going back to Hoylake and coming back to here, they’ve been great successes. We are not looking, at the moment, beyond those 10 courses.”

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Rory McIlroy Starts The Open with Quadruple-Bogey

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Rory McIlroy didn’t kick off his play at The Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club in the way he may have wanted to. In fact, it couldn’t have gone much worse.

McIlroy, widely considered to be the favorite to win and playing in his native Northern Ireland, hit his tee shot on the first hole out of bounds and ended up with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4, 421-yard hole.

Statistics show that tt’s the first time McIlroy started a major championship with a double-bogey or worse since the 2012 Masters.,

“I’m just treating this like any other Open Championship,” McIlroy said, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

“I’ve played well here for the last few years. I’ve played well on this golf course. So I’ve just got to go out and hit the shots and stay in the present. If I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, hopefully by Sunday night that will be good enough.”

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John Peterson Un-Retires from Professional Golf After Tiger Woods Performance

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Former NCAA champion John Peterson, who retied from the sport of professional golf at the age of 30 in 2018, is coming out of retirement to play once again.

According to ESPN’s Bob Harig, Peterson changed his mind about his career partly due to Tiger Woods’ “inspiring” win at the Masters back on April 14th.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” Peterson said, during an appearance on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge .

“I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills.

“Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.’

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

Peterson will have to attempt to qualify for events and then tournaments later this year.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff,” Peterson said. “I will get back. I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top-10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

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