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Phil Mickelson, who shot 17 under par at Royal Troon last year and still finished 3 strokes behind winner Henrik Stenson, failed to make a birdie during the first round at Royal Troon, shooting 73. It was the first time Mickelson did not make a birdie or eagle in any major championship round since the last day of the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. The last time at the Open? The first round in 1999 at Carnoustie. Mickelson also failed to make a birdie earlier this year during the second round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational and the third round of the Players Championship.

Bob Harig, ESPN Senior Writer

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The Open, Round 1

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Inside The Open

Live at Royal Birkdale

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Playing in his last Open because he has reached the age of 60, Mark O'Meara was granted the honor of teeing off first. It turned out to be a horror. O'Meara, the 1998 champ at Royal Birkdale, sailed his first tee shot out of bounds in driving rain and ended up shooting 81. "My name is on my golf bag, I've won the Open Championship, I'm in the Hall of Fame, when you hit one straight right off the first tee out of bounds. . . my day was toast after that first tee shot. But I still had to play.'' O'Meara made an 8 on the hole and shot 43 for the first 9 holes. "At one point I felt like I was going to shoot 90 out there,'' he said. "You still play for your pride.''

Bob Harig, ESPN Senior Writer

Major questions

Rough Road At The Open?

Sport Science

The subtle difference between a draw and fade off the tee.

Tony Finau steps into the ESPN Sport Science lab to show the difference between hitting the two drives.

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Lefty Is Doing What?

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.

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Final practice day

Open Predictions

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DJ Ready To Find His Form?

Putter the key club for DJ.

After struggling in recent starts, including a missed cut at the U.S. Open, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson has been working more on the greens ahead of this week's Open at Royal Birkdale.

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The 146th Open

Rose's Open Chances?

Rose's Open Chances?

Rose taking inspiration from Federer.

Justin Rose said he has been watching Roger Federer at Wimbledon for guidance ahead of The Open this week at Royal Birkdale.

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Rose: I've dreamed about this since I was 18.

Justin Rose reflected on his Open debut at Royal Birkdale in 1998, when he finished tied for fourth place at the age of 17 as an amateur.

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Garcia: The Open is a 'special' tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia has expressed his desire to win The Open, calling it as the most special tournament.

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Fowler building confidence from 2015 Scottish Open success.

Rickie Fowler believes his triumph at the 2015 Scottish Open has helped his confidence playing on links golf courses.

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Bubba Practiced Where?

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Who's that disturbing me while I'm getting my "work" done beating the other writers at Formby Golf Club?! None other than Bubba Watson (laying down) and that's caddie Teddie Scott in full karate mode along with John Limanti (Aaron Baddeley). Both Watson and Scott were fresh off the plane from the John Deere Classic. They wanted to play golf, but away from the crowds at The Open course at Royal Birkdale so they snuck over to Formby Golf Club and walked 18 holes. Bubba said he slept 7 of the 8 hours the flight took to get to the U.K.

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At The Open

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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.

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Westwood retains Open focus despite agent split.

Lee Westwood refused to comment on his recent split from longtime agent Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler ahead of The Open.

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U.S. Women's Open

The Open Championship

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It shouldn't come as a surprise, considering he hasn't played competitively for six months, but Tiger Woods fell outside the top 1,000 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career on Monday. That's right -- Woods has never been lower on the list. After receiving his first ranking points as an amateur in 1994, he instantly leapt to 730th. Now, though, after playing just seven events in the two-year rolling calendar, he is officially No. 1,005, right between James Beck III and Henric Sturehed.

Jason Sobel, ESPN Senior Writer

Golf

Curry steals show with 4th place finish in Tahoe.

Steph Curry has tons of fun during his impressive round, but Mark Mulder comes away with his third straight American Century Celebrity Golf Championship win.

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John Deere Classic

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Just in case someone, somewhere, still believes golf is an "old-man sport," here are the ages of the last six PGA Tour winners: 23, 23, 29, 23, 27, 24. The latest to join that list is 23-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, yet another talented youngster who is proving himself on the game's biggest stage. With his win at the John Deere, he'll also claim a spot in this week's Open Championship -- a worthy addition. DeChambeau has been featured in national TV commercials even before winning; as others can attest, it's not easy to live up to that pressure. He's done it now, which should make the victory even sweeter.

Jason Sobel, ESPN Senior Writer

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81-year-old Player backflips off boat.

At 81 years young, Gary Player shows no fear by jumping off a boat and landing a back flip into the water.

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Time To Try Another Sport, Charles?

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Celebrity ... Golf?

Celebrity ... Golf?

Timberlake, Romo and Curry team up for alley-oop.

Justin Timberlake, Tony Romo and Steph Curry have some fun at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship with a star-studded lob and jam.

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The Masters

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William "Hootie" Johnson oversaw enormous change to the Augusta National Golf Club course during his time as Masters chairman. But he will undoubtedly be remembered for the defiant stance he took when the club's all-male membership policy was questioned. Famously saying he would not be threatened "at the point of a bayonet," Johnson went so far as to go without corporate sponsors for two years in 2003-04 in order to protect them from protests. Johnson, who was chairman from 1998 to 2006 , died at 86 Friday. The club subsequently admitted its first women members in 2012.

Bob Harig, ESPN Senior Writer

Gary Player's Take

South Africa

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Player tips Garcia to win The Open.

Nine-time major winner Gary Player believes Sergio Garcia is in a good place to win The Open after his Masters victory.

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Player: Comeback a monumental task for Woods.

Gary Player believes a return to golf for Tiger Woods will be difficult after the mental and physical pain he's endured.

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OnScene

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There are fire pits next to the first tee at The Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California. 365 days a year a bagpiper stands on the tee around 5:45pm local time and serenades those lucky enough to be sitting outside. Tonight one of those lucky people was me. So I give you a small taste of what the experience was like. Enjoy!

Michael Collins, ESPN Senior Writer
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Ben Curtis, the 2003 Champion Golfer of the Year, just WD'd from next week's Open Championship and will be replaced in the field by American Tony Finau. Next up on the reserve list (the alternate list if you are from the U.S.) in order: James Hahn (U.S.), Danny Lee (New Zealand) and Jim Furyk (U.S.). On Tuesday, Scott Piercy withdrew from the field at Royal Birkdale and India's Anirban Lahiri will tee it up in his place next week at the year's third major. Players can still qualify for the Open with three spots available at this week's Scottish Open on the European Tour and one spot at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic.

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Garcia conquers all, wins Masters

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