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Frandsen celebrated his 98th birthday t... The potential closure of one or more Salt Lake City golf courses made me wonder about Ralph Frandsen, thinking back to the last time a course was shut down in this town. In 2008, the historic University of Utah layout was about to be replaced by the Utah Science Technology Research complex. Frandsen was forecasting a gloomy outcome for himself and other members of his regular foursome. “It’s going to shorten our lives,” he said. Well, he was exaggerating. Frandsen celebrated his 98th birthday t... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58214328@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:49:16 MDT Golf World, oldest U.S. golf magazine, goes all digital http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58215397-77/golf-magazine-digital-oldest.html.csp Wilton, Conn. • The oldest golf magazine in America will stop publishing in print next week as Golf World switches entirely to digital delivery. Golf World first was published in 1947, the year after Ben Hogan won his first major. The magazine is the news division of Golf Digest, which will continue to be printed monthly. Both magazines are published by Conde Nast. Jerry Tarde, the magazine’s chairman, says the Golf World brand has been around for 67 years, and going digital is the best way to p... Wilton, Conn. • The oldest golf magazine in America will stop publishing in print next week as Golf World switches entirely to digital delivery. Golf World first was published in 1947, the year after Ben Hogan won his first major. The magazine is the news division of Golf Digest, which will continue to be printed monthly. Both magazines are published by Conde Nast. Jerry Tarde, the magazine’s chairman, says the Golf World brand has been around for 67 years, and going digital is the best way to p... 58215397@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:21:02 MDT Golf: Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207484-77/sterner-iron-yards-oaks.html.csp River Oaks. Barry Harman. No. 8, 146 yards, 7-iron. With Doug Jones and Ken Strake. Mountain View. Tayden Sterner. No. 8, 100 yards, 6-iron. With Rick Sterner, Sharla Sterner and Vance Sterner. River Oaks. Jim Eilander. No. 18, 158 yards, 8-iron. With Tyler Thomas. River Oaks. Barry Harman. No. 8, 146 yards, 7-iron. With Doug Jones and Ken Strake. Mountain View. Tayden Sterner. No. 8, 100 yards, 6-iron. With Rick Sterner, Sharla Sterner and Vance Sterner. River Oaks. Jim Eilander. No. 18, 158 yards, 8-iron. With Tyler Thomas. 58207484@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:28 MDT Golf: Teenager wins LPGA Marathon Classic with closing birdie http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58204336-77/279-8491-280-5881.html.csp Sylvania, Ohio • Now that she’s officially a millionaire, Lydia Ko joked she’ll have to keep a closer watch on where her paychecks go. “I’ll probably see that going into my mom’s account,” she said with a laugh, referring to the $210,000 she got for winning Sunday’s Marathon Classic. The 17-year-old broke free from a late tie with So Yeon Ryu, hitting a wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the 72nd hole to take the lead. Then she tried in vain — she’s just 5-foot-5 — to see past the large gallery at 18... Sylvania, Ohio • Now that she’s officially a millionaire, Lydia Ko joked she’ll have to keep a closer watch on where her paychecks go. “I’ll probably see that going into my mom’s account,” she said with a laugh, referring to the $210,000 she got for winning Sunday’s Marathon Classic. The 17-year-old broke free from a late tie with So Yeon Ryu, hitting a wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the 72nd hole to take the lead. Then she tried in vain — she’s just 5-foot-5 — to see past the large gallery at 18... 58204336@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:25:32 MDT Golf: Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58203386-77/mcilroy-open-british-major.html.csp Hoylake, England • Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy. On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson. In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam. And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal. “I’m immensely proud of myself,” McIlroy said after his two-shot victory Sunday that was never reall... Hoylake, England • Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy. On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson. In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam. And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal. “I’m immensely proud of myself,” McIlroy said after his two-shot victory Sunday that was never reall... 58203386@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:56:39 MDT British Open: Runner-up again, but a nice consolation for Rickie Fowler http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58204484-77/fowler-majors-mcilroy-behind.html.csp Hoylake, England • For Rickie Fowler, this is getting downright familiar. He’s not complaining. For the second time this summer, Fowler played in the final group of a major championship, failed to overcome a big deficit, and settled for the runner-up spot. This one came with a pretty good consolation prize: the 25-year-old American all but locked up a spot in the Ryder Cup this fall. “It’s hard to be disappointed about it,” Fowler said Sunday evening, not long after accepting the runner-up plate... Hoylake, England • For Rickie Fowler, this is getting downright familiar. He’s not complaining. For the second time this summer, Fowler played in the final group of a major championship, failed to overcome a big deficit, and settled for the runner-up spot. This one came with a pretty good consolation prize: the 25-year-old American all but locked up a spot in the Ryder Cup this fall. “It’s hard to be disappointed about it,” Fowler said Sunday evening, not long after accepting the runner-up plate... 58204484@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:56:39 MDT Golf: Rory McIlroy has silver cup, now he wants green jacket http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207270-77/mcilroy-open-british-championship.html.csp Hoylake, England • Rory McIlroy clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship. Now he’s got his eyes on a new jacket. Something in green, preferably. With a grind-it-out performance on the final day of the British Open, McIlroy checked off another requirement for joining perhaps the most exclusive club in the game. U.S. Open? He’s won that. PGA Championship? Yep, got one of those too. British Open? Took care of that on Sunday. “I’m immensely... Hoylake, England • Rory McIlroy clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship. Now he’s got his eyes on a new jacket. Something in green, preferably. With a grind-it-out performance on the final day of the British Open, McIlroy checked off another requirement for joining perhaps the most exclusive club in the game. U.S. Open? He’s won that. PGA Championship? Yep, got one of those too. British Open? Took care of that on Sunday. “I’m immensely... 58207270@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:09:19 MDT Australian fails to break 80 in first major as pro http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58199477-77/british-open-macpherson-royal.html.csp Hoylake, England • Bryden Macpherson finished his second and last round of the British Open 32 shots off the lead, and with a smile on his face. He was never going to make the cut after opening his first major as a professional with an 18-over-par 90. His start on Friday wasn’t encouraging either — he bogeyed his first four holes at Royal Liverpool. “I enjoyed every moment of it, as much as you could,” Macpherson said after finishing with a double bogey and an improved 80. “You go out there and ... Hoylake, England • Bryden Macpherson finished his second and last round of the British Open 32 shots off the lead, and with a smile on his face. He was never going to make the cut after opening his first major as a professional with an 18-over-par 90. His start on Friday wasn’t encouraging either — he bogeyed his first four holes at Royal Liverpool. “I enjoyed every moment of it, as much as you could,” Macpherson said after finishing with a double bogey and an improved 80. “You go out there and ... 58199477@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:58:47 MDT Golf: Pace, Diaz share 54-hole Marathon lead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58202154-77/lead-diaz-pace-holes.html.csp Sylvania, Ohio • Lee-Anne Pace made a name for herself as an amateur in her native South Africa, then proved herself with eight wins on the Ladies European Tour. Now she’s ready to make waves in the U.S. Pace shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to grab a share of the third-round lead with Laura Diaz in the Marathon Classic. She can barely express what a breakthrough win on the LPGA Tour might bring. “It’ll mean quite a lot to be able to come out here and play well,” she said after recovering from boge... Sylvania, Ohio • Lee-Anne Pace made a name for herself as an amateur in her native South Africa, then proved herself with eight wins on the Ladies European Tour. Now she’s ready to make waves in the U.S. Pace shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to grab a share of the third-round lead with Laura Diaz in the Marathon Classic. She can barely express what a breakthrough win on the LPGA Tour might bring. “It’ll mean quite a lot to be able to come out here and play well,” she said after recovering from boge... 58202154@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:18:01 MDT Golf: Fowler faces McIlroy again in final group at British Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58201829-77/fowler-mcilroy-final-group.html.csp Hoylake, England • From the time they faced each other in the Walker Cup, a couple of 18-year-olds with the world at their feet, Rickie Fowler figured he’d go at it again someday with Rory McIlroy in a major championship. If only it was a fair fight. Fowler will be playing in the final group of a major for the second straight time, but he faces a daunting six-stroke deficit heading to Sunday at the British Open. With a brilliant finish to the third round, McIlroy put himself in prime position to... Hoylake, England • From the time they faced each other in the Walker Cup, a couple of 18-year-olds with the world at their feet, Rickie Fowler figured he’d go at it again someday with Rory McIlroy in a major championship. If only it was a fair fight. Fowler will be playing in the final group of a major for the second straight time, but he faces a daunting six-stroke deficit heading to Sunday at the British Open. With a brilliant finish to the third round, McIlroy put himself in prime position to... 58201829@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:14:01 MDT Golf: Utahn Blair ousted in Women’s Public Links http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58198846-77/blair-links-match-nos.html.csp South Jordan’s Sirene Blair was eliminated Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at DuPont, Washington. The Bingham High School graduate, who plays for San Diego State, lost 3 and 2 to Vanderbilt golfer Cindy Ha. Blair had rallied by winning Nos. 9 and 10 to cut Ha’s lead to 1 up, but Ha won Nos. 14 and 16 to conclude the match. Blair advanced to match play as the No. 18 seed and won three matches at The Home Course. She took victories of 5 and 4 over ... South Jordan’s Sirene Blair was eliminated Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at DuPont, Washington. The Bingham High School graduate, who plays for San Diego State, lost 3 and 2 to Vanderbilt golfer Cindy Ha. Blair had rallied by winning Nos. 9 and 10 to cut Ha’s lead to 1 up, but Ha won Nos. 14 and 16 to conclude the match. Blair advanced to match play as the No. 18 seed and won three matches at The Home Course. She took victories of 5 and 4 over ... 58198846@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:35 MDT Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58199500-77/yards-club-hainsworth-iron.html.csp Mountain Dell • Tom McCracken. No. 3 (Lake), 168 yards, 5-hybrid. With Chris Cummings, Dave Corier, Gale Gondrezick. Riverside Country Club • Byron Hainsworth. No. 11, 205 yards, 5-iron. With Mark Hainsworth. Riverside Country Club • Greg Olson. No. 9, 180 yards, 7-iron. With Broderick Olson. Mountain Dell • Tom McCracken. No. 3 (Lake), 168 yards, 5-hybrid. With Chris Cummings, Dave Corier, Gale Gondrezick. Riverside Country Club • Byron Hainsworth. No. 11, 205 yards, 5-iron. With Mark Hainsworth. Riverside Country Club • Greg Olson. No. 9, 180 yards, 7-iron. With Broderick Olson. 58199500@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:35 MDT British Open: Rose’s missing driver turns up almost 200 miles away http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58195441-77/rose-driver-open-british.html.csp Hoylake, England • Justin Rose played the first two holes at the British Open without a driver on Thursday after it was mistakenly removed from his golf bag and shipped nearly 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) south of Royal Liverpool. Rose’s caddie, Mark Fulcher, had arranged to send two drivers to a couple of his friends in the south of England. Unfortunately, one of the drivers he gave away belonged to Rose. “It was a bit of a comedic start to the day, no doubt,” said Rose, who managed to get ... Hoylake, England • Justin Rose played the first two holes at the British Open without a driver on Thursday after it was mistakenly removed from his golf bag and shipped nearly 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) south of Royal Liverpool. Rose’s caddie, Mark Fulcher, had arranged to send two drivers to a couple of his friends in the south of England. Unfortunately, one of the drivers he gave away belonged to Rose. “It was a bit of a comedic start to the day, no doubt,” said Rose, who managed to get ... 58195441@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:52:01 MDT Golf: McIlroy and Woods deliver at British Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58194211-77/mcilroy-36-38-woods-35-36.html.csp Hoylake, England • Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major. Now if he can only find a way to get to the weekend. McIlroy either set himself up for a ... Hoylake, England • Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major. Now if he can only find a way to get to the weekend. McIlroy either set himself up for a ... 58194211@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:16:21 MDT Golf: Great stretch gives Tiger Woods good start http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58194381-77/woods-birdie-par-bunker.html.csp Hoylake, England • The warm ovation Tiger Woods heard walking up the 18th fairway at Royal Liverpool sounded familiar, even if the circumstances were not. Eight years ago it was because he was about to win the British Open. Thursday was because he played. Woods returned to the majors for the first time in 11 months on Thursday and gave thousands of fans perched along the hillocks what they wanted to see — a three-time Open champion looking as if he has the game to win another one. He atoned for ... Hoylake, England • The warm ovation Tiger Woods heard walking up the 18th fairway at Royal Liverpool sounded familiar, even if the circumstances were not. Eight years ago it was because he was about to win the British Open. Thursday was because he played. Woods returned to the majors for the first time in 11 months on Thursday and gave thousands of fans perched along the hillocks what they wanted to see — a three-time Open champion looking as if he has the game to win another one. He atoned for ... 58194381@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:16:21 MDT Golf: Irons take on added importance at British Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58190448-77/iron-ball-open-watson.html.csp Hoylake, England • When Tom Watson remembers his favorite shots from the British Open — and, given he’s a five-time champion, there are plenty — one stands above all the others. That 2-iron on the 72nd hole at Birkdale, locking up the last of his major titles in 1983. Anyone who fancies a chance of hoisting the claret jug at Royal Liverpool would be well advised to practice the same sort of shot. “That’s where you beat your competitors, if you’re a good long-iron player,” Watson said. “You hit t... Hoylake, England • When Tom Watson remembers his favorite shots from the British Open — and, given he’s a five-time champion, there are plenty — one stands above all the others. That 2-iron on the 72nd hole at Birkdale, locking up the last of his major titles in 1983. Anyone who fancies a chance of hoisting the claret jug at Royal Liverpool would be well advised to practice the same sort of shot. “That’s where you beat your competitors, if you’re a good long-iron player,” Watson said. “You hit t... 58190448@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:55:02 MDT British Open: McIlroy has to get past that ‘2nd-round thing’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58186642-77/mcilroy-golf-open-round.html.csp Hoylake, England • Rory McIlroy calls it his “second-round thing.” Just something in his head. Unfortunately for the two-time major champion, it’s become a very real problem. For some reason, McIlroy has struggled mightily on Fridays, a subject that came up again as he prepared for the British Open. This year, McIlroy has played the opening round at a cumulative 49-under par. On the weekends, he’s a combined 39 under. But on Fridays, for some reason, he’s at 15 over. “I have no problem shooting ... Hoylake, England • Rory McIlroy calls it his “second-round thing.” Just something in his head. Unfortunately for the two-time major champion, it’s become a very real problem. For some reason, McIlroy has struggled mightily on Fridays, a subject that came up again as he prepared for the British Open. This year, McIlroy has played the opening round at a cumulative 49-under par. On the weekends, he’s a combined 39 under. But on Fridays, for some reason, he’s at 15 over. “I have no problem shooting ... 58186642@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:03:02 MDT Golf: Poulter has sore wrist heading into British Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58186601-77/open-poulter-wrist-2006.html.csp Hoylake, England • Ian Poulter heads into the British Open with a sore right wrist, some positive thoughts from a third-place finish last year at Muirfield, and no — and he means no — memories of a missed cut at Royal Liverpool in 2006. Scans of the wrist he jarred during the second round of the Scottish Open, where he missed the cut, showed no serious injury. “I’ve had a ganglion cyst on the wrist in the past ... three of them,” Poulter said on Tuesday. “It’s just touching the nerve, so I’ll be... Hoylake, England • Ian Poulter heads into the British Open with a sore right wrist, some positive thoughts from a third-place finish last year at Muirfield, and no — and he means no — memories of a missed cut at Royal Liverpool in 2006. Scans of the wrist he jarred during the second round of the Scottish Open, where he missed the cut, showed no serious injury. “I’ve had a ganglion cyst on the wrist in the past ... three of them,” Poulter said on Tuesday. “It’s just touching the nerve, so I’ll be... 58186601@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:56:01 MDT Golf: Utah Championship may need temporary home http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58183289-77/tour-utah-commission-creek.html.csp Administrators of the Utah Sports Commission and the PGA Tour may have to find an alternative site for the 2015 Utah Championship. Renovations at Willow Creek Country Club, which has hosted Utah’s Web.com Tour stop for 16 years, may create logistical issues, said Jeff Robbins, CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. The commission has two years remaining on its contract with the PGA Tour to operate the event. There is precedent both for the tour’s working around construction and for finding a tempora... Administrators of the Utah Sports Commission and the PGA Tour may have to find an alternative site for the 2015 Utah Championship. Renovations at Willow Creek Country Club, which has hosted Utah’s Web.com Tour stop for 16 years, may create logistical issues, said Jeff Robbins, CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. The commission has two years remaining on its contract with the PGA Tour to operate the event. There is precedent both for the tour’s working around construction and for finding a tempora... 58183289@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:21:27 MDT Golf: Harman wins John Deere Classic for first PGA Tour title http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58180273-77/harman-final-par--14.html.csp Silvis, Ill. • Brian Harman admitted he felt the pressure. The 27-year-old, in his third full season on the PGA Tour, hadn’t been in the final twosome in the final round until Sunday. He held the lead entering the final round of the John Deere Classic, and looked at the scoreboard after hitting a poor shot into the eighth green. “I saw the guys were playing well, so that’s when I felt it, but I was able to hit three really good shots on No. 9 to birdie, and that kind of got me going,” Harman sai... Silvis, Ill. • Brian Harman admitted he felt the pressure. The 27-year-old, in his third full season on the PGA Tour, hadn’t been in the final twosome in the final round until Sunday. He held the lead entering the final round of the John Deere Classic, and looked at the scoreboard after hitting a poor shot into the eighth green. “I saw the guys were playing well, so that’s when I felt it, but I was able to hit three really good shots on No. 9 to birdie, and that kind of got me going,” Harman sai... 58180273@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:03:15 MDT