Koepka goes straight back into major contention
Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open, then basically took a month off. He marked his return to competitive golf Thursday at The Open with a superb 65 to give him a share of the lead.
Don't be fooled by first-round weather at The Open
Don't expect the relatively pleasant conditions -- and low scores -- from the first round at Royal Birkdale to continue. It wouldn't be The Open without Mother Nature making her presence felt.
How McIlroy recovered from disastrous start
Despite playing the front nine in 5 over, Rory McIlroy was pumping his fist by the end of the first round of The Open. Strong words from his caddie and a par-saving putt on No. 8 were keys to his turnaround.
Caddie Confidential: What makes The Open unique
What makes The Open so difficult to navigate? Why did Round 1 start out with a surprise? An anonymous caddied takes you behind the scenes for the inside story at Royal Birkdale.
Round 1 Open grades: Top 10 turned it around
The world's top 10 fared miserably at the U.S. Open with six missing the cut. After 18 holes at Royal Birkdale, it's a different story. So did their grades go up at The Open?
Casey leads strong British showing at Birkdale
On the eve of his 40th birthday, Paul Casey put in one of his best performances ever in The Open at a venue that bared its claws the last time he played there.
Spieth analyzes -- and chews -- his way into Open lead
Jordan Spieth might not overpower golf courses, but he can pick them apart, and the two-time major champion proved it again in Round 1 of The Open en route to a share of the 18-hole lead.
Turning of the tide for Jason Day?
Former world No. 1 Jason Day felt something click for him in Round 1 at The Open. The question is, how far will that propel him in hopes of a second major title?
Spieth, Kuchar, Koepka share early Open lead
Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka were in a three-way tie for The Open Championship after the first round.
W2W4: Who has most work to do in Round 2?
Which players need to keep their wits about them on Friday just to make it to Saturday? Which of the leading lights have the most to fear when the cut mark falls after Round 2? Our writers make their picks for who to watch out for on Friday.
ICYMI at The Open -- Thomas' outfit steals show
Justin Thomas set tongues wagging and divided opinion with his choice of outfit for the first round at Royal Birkdale, while Jon Rahm did exactly the same at the end of Day 1 for entirely different -- yet very familiar -- reasons.
Els in best shape for years at The Open
Ernie Els is too long in the tooth to get carried away after the first round of an Open Championship but he says he's feeling better than he has at this major in years.
Peacock Poulter gets his strut back at Birkdale
He doesn't know he does it, but you can tell when Ian Poulter is in the mood simply by the way he walks. However, his opening round of 67 at Royal Birkdale on Thursday belied the hard road he had to take to even be there.
Rested Koepka straight back into major contention
Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open and then all but took a month off, including a trip to Las Vegas. He marked his return to competitive golf with a superb 65, which put him straight back into contention at a major.
W2W4: Who will be Thursday's Open surprise?
It has become something of an Open tradition for the elite, household names to mix with lesser-known mortals in the early stages of the tournament -- so who will be this year's surprise package in Round 1? Our writers at Royal Birkdale give their verdict.
Day hopes hard work pays off.
Jason Day spoke ahead of the 146th Open Championship.
Will tips from Tiger improve Day's Open chances?
With a little help from the 14-time major champion, Jason Day looks to be getting his game back on track, especially going into the 146th Open this week at Royal Birkdale.
Collins: 'Smart move by Phil' to not have driver at The Open.
Michael Collins explains why Phil Mickelson is not keeping a driver in his bag for The Open.
The Open vs. British Open?
How many names can one tournament -- and a major championship, at that -- have? It depends on whom you ask.
McIlroy: I'd back myself to win The Open.
Rory McIlroy believes it's a good time to back him to win The Open, after bookies rated his chances of victory at 20-1.
Nature of The Open proves a major equalizer
In three of golf's four major championships, longer hitters own a distinct advantage. Not so at The Open, where variables as wide as the Irish Sea can change a golfer's fortunes.
R&A officials don't mind if Open is 4th major
With the PGA Championship possibly moving to May in the future, R&A officials say they "don't really mind" if the Open then becomes golf's fourth major.
The Open Top 25: Weather looms large
Michael Collins likes Jordan Spieth to win his first Open at Royal Birkdale. But maybe one of the red-hot Spaniards (no, not Sergio Garcia) or the U.S. Open champion will have Mother Nature on his side.
Player: Woods faces a monumental challenge.
Nine-time major winner Gary Player believes Tiger Woods faces an extremely tough challenge to return to tournament-winning form.
Garcia: The Open is a 'special' tournament.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia has expressed his desire to win the Open Championship, labelling it as the most special tournament.
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