Jul 22, 2013 | 08:24 AM

The Road To Redemption

If there has been a common theme to the first three majors of the season, it is one word: redemption. Adam Scott put last year’s British Open collapse behind him with a steely win at Augusta; Justin Rose, the teen prodigy who all but vanished in his 20s (once missing 21 cuts in a row), capped his return to the top with a victory at Merion; and now Phil Mickelson has followed an excruciating loss at Merion with an emphatic win at Muirfield. So the question begs, who will surface at Oak Hill? Can Rory conquer his demons and silence his critics? Can Tiger end his Sunday slumps and get number 15? Or can Lee Westwood do as Phil did, follow his most painful loss with the triumph of his life? We’ll know in a couple of weeks.

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Jul 21, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Ribbons in the Sky

One of the best things about ESPN’s coverage of The Open Championship is its enhanced use of “Flight Tracker,” the blue line that follows the live flight of the ball. It’s so cool to see how much the ball curves at Muirfield, whether due to the wind or the player’s swing. It's also very practical since the ball seems especially hard to follow in flight at The Open against the treeless Scottish sky. The graphic is possible through the technology of German firm Trackman and its briefcase-size Doppler radar unit that many of the best teachers and club fitters use these days. (It doesn’t come cheap, with units costing about $30,000.) ESPN only had it set up on a few holes at this year’s Open, but hopefully it will be able to use more and more in years to come as the graphic really improves the telecast. Just imagine how cool it would have been in the era of balata balls when golfers could really curve it?

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Jul 20, 2013 | 08:51 AM

He's Smokin'!

Seems some golf purists are worried what a British Open win by 49-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez would do for the game. Why? Because he isn’t a flat belly, he smokes cigars, drinks good amounts of red wine (Spanish, of course), his warm-up routine is little more than some funky looking stretching, and even when he has the lead, he has no routine at night, choosing to go to bed when he wants to—after another cigar and more wine. But at least when round three started today, he had the lead, and that’s seven months after breaking his leg skiing plus presently dealing with tennis elbow. His take? “I feel relaxed. I love what I’m doing. I play golf.” Whether or not his training regimen catches on (personally, we like it), his attitude is worth adopting.

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Jul 19, 2013 | 07:35 AM

Nick Knock

Back in May, when Nick Faldo announced plans to compete in the British Open at Muirfield—where he won in both 1987 and 1992—he said, “I’ll probably never [again] get a chance to walk at Muirfield.” Maybe, maybe not, but he shouldn’t count on an invite from Rory McIlroy. Sir Nick, now a TV pundit, has taken to the role of elder statesman by not concealing his thoughts about other players (which is what the TV networks want, after all), and this week got in a bit of a scrap with McIlroy about good work habits, dedication to practicing and playing, and the mistake of changing clubs and ball all at once. Agree or disagree, but at the end of the first round, the 56-year-old was 8-over-par (and yesterday was his birthday), while the 24-year-old McIlroy was… 8-over-par. It’s likely neither will make the cut at the end of today, but whose life—and psyche—will be more affected?

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