Louis Oosthuizen dominated in winning his first major championship, claiming the British Open by seven strokes. The South African was able to cruise into the home stretch after his closest challenger, Paul Casey triple-bogeyed the 12th hole at St. Andrews. Oosthuizen entered the day with a four-shot lead and finished his final day with a 1-uner 71, good enough for a score of 16-under for the tournament. For more from the British Open click here.

Louis Oosthuizen was able to put together another solid round at St. Andrews despite bogeying the first hole in his third round. The South African, who has never been in contention in a major, shot a 3-under 69 to maintain his lead on the Old Course over Paul Casey. Casey, who is attempting to snap Britain's 11-year drought at the Open, was the best player on the course Saturday as he put together a total of five birdies on the front nine alone. Tiger Woods shot a 73 for the second consecutive day and remains out of contention going into the fourth and final round.

The wonderful game of soccer’s time for a major overhaul has come.



JOHN SHIMER

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Mother nature got in the way of the British Open in more than one way on Friday. First, the second round saw a one-hour and five-minute delay due to winds of 41 miles per hour. The day later concluded early on account of darkness.

 

The saga of the LeBron James pendant took an odd twist when the piece of jewelry was taken from the woman who said she paid $5 for it at a yard sale four years ago before realizing it was worth almost $10,000. Vaneisha Robinson, an amateur boxer from Akron, was fielding offers on eBay when she got a phone call from the mother of Maverick Carter, the CEO of James’ marketing company, saying that James wanted to but the pendant.

Rory McIlroy tied the major championship record by shooting a 9-under-par 63 Thursday in the opening round of the British Open. McIlroy, a 21-year-old from Northern Ireland, tied the back-nine record at the Open with a 30 that included six birdies.

 

McIlroy is the 22nd player in history to shoot 63 in a major championship. Tiger Woods was the most recent to accomplish the feat, which he did at the 2007 PGA Championship.

 

PGA golfer and Rhode Island resident Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the British Open at the legendary St. Andrews course in Scotland. "There's nothing quite like it," Faxon said of the difficult course. "You can't compare it to anything here [in the United States] at all, because there's nothing like it. A lot of players go over there for the first time and they hate it and they don't even want to go back. And then there's some players that just embrace it.

An NFL insider refers to Michael Vick's brief tenure in Philadelphia as an "abject failure" and notes that no team would give up even a seventh-round draft pick for the controversial quarterback. That story leads off Thursday's Morning Mashup, which features videos of a now-legendary (and since-banned) "beer cup snake," Lions linebacker Zack Follett's interesting offseason workout regimen, and baseball great Gary Carter getting grief from an obnoxious fan.

Tiger Woods spent another day calmly refusing to answer in depth any questions related to his personal life from the aggressive British media in Scotland as he prepares for the British Open. One columnist writes that Tiger would do everyone a favor by opening up and showing a human side. Read more about that, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my 40-plus orbits of the sun on this spinning blue marble we call Earth, it’s that cynicism works.



JERRY THORNTON

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