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Henrik Stenson snaps club over his leg (Video)

Henrik-Stenson-snaps-clubWe saw some players shoot low scores in the opening round of the British Open on Thursday, but there was still plenty of the standard frustration we have grown used to seeing at Scottish links style courses. Henrik Stenson went into the 17th hole at 1-over on the day, and he finished the 17th with one less club in his bag.

Stenson hit a poor tee shot with a wedge and was not pleased about it. When his caddie reached out to take the club from him, Stenson snapped it over his knee and handed it over in two pieces.

Stenson also broke his driver in frustration during a tournament last season, so he is known for having a bit of a temper on the course. Charl Schwartzel also snapped a club during last year’s British Open. No tournament tests a player’s patience more than The Open.

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Tiger Woods yells ‘Jesus Christ!’ at British Open (Video)

Tiger-swearsTiger Woods became frustrated with the photographers lining the 18th hole during the first round of the British Open on Thursday. As Woods was looking to hit his second shot on the par 5, he was distracted by people who were taking pictures. He had to back off of the shot twice.

Tiger was mid-swing the second time he was distracted and stopped at the last second. He shouted out “Jesus Christ!” and the ESPN cameras picked it up perfectly.

The British Open is one of the most difficult tournaments in golf, and it can really frustrate the players. You might remember Tiger cussing up a storm after missing a putt at the same event a few years back. Henrik Stenson also broke a club over his leg on Thursday, so you get the point. It will be a long enough weekend for some guys without having to be distracted by fidgety fans.

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Tiger Woods British Open drive hits someone in face (Video)

Tiger-Woods-driveTiger Woods played extremely well in the opening round of British Open on Thursday, especially when you consider that he has been out with a back injury for most of the season. Woods was 3-under for the day heading into the 17th hole. His drive on 17 was a bit off line, and a course marshall paid the price.

Tiger’s tee shot took a high bounce and hit the unsuspecting gentleman right in the face. Fortunately, it appeared he was OK.

Given some of the high grass that lines the fairways at Royal Liverpool, that guy’s face may have actually saved Tiger some trouble. He went on to make par on the 17th.

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Mark Calcavecchia missing British Open after flight is cancelled

Mark-CalcavecchiaMark Calcavecchia had an an automatic spot in the 2014 Open Championship field as a past winner who is less than 60 years old. Unfortunately, the 1989 champion was unable to make the trip to Royal Liverpool Golf Club in the United Kingdom. You can blame American Airlines for that.

On Tuesday, Calcavecchia revealed on Twitter that he would be unable to make it to Hoylake in time because his flight had been cancelled.

Calcavecchia was forced to withdraw from the major because of the change in flight schedule. While he was clearly unhappy with American Airlines, he did take the time to congratulate first alternate David Hearn for earning a spot in the field.

At age 54, Calcavecchia was not going to win the Open Championship. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have liked to compete, and he did finish in the top 10 back in 2012. Golfers having problems with airlines is nothing new — just ask Rory McIlroy.

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Nadia Forde: Rory McIlroy and I are just friends … for now

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Rumors have been swirling over the past month or so that Rory McIlroy is dating Irish model and singer Nadia Forde. While Forde denied that the two are romantically involved last month and said they had only met a few times, they have been spotted multiple times together as of late.

According to the Mirror, Forde and McIlroy were seen leaving a bar together in Dublin, Ireland last weekend. A witness spotted them “sitting together and laughing and joking all night.” What does that mean? Not a whole lot, because Forde still insists they are just friends.

“I met Rory last year through friends. He’s a lovely guy,” she told the Sunday People. “The bottom line with me and Rory is we have ­mutual friends who introduced us and we’ve been in each other’s company.”

Forde was then asked if McIlroy was her type, to which she replied, “I don’t really have a type, to be honest with you.” But even if she’s telling the truth about her and Rory just being pals, that doesn’t mean it won’t turn into more.

“I think whoever I end up with I will be friends with first,” Forde added. “The important thing is having ­somebody with ambition and drive who is hard-working. That for me is a massive turn-on.”

Ambition and drive? Check. Rory is a 25-year-old professional golfer who has a nine-figure endorsement deal with Nike. Hard-working? Well, now that he has broken things off with Caroline Wozniacki, no one can argue that McIlroy is spending too much time with the Danish tennis star and not enough on the course.

After he was spotted out with Forde, McIlroy went out and set a course record at Royal Aberdeen with an opening round 64 at the Scottish Open. He also smashed a 436-yard drive that day. He shot a 78 in the second round and kind of played himself out of contention, but you get the point. Rory is starting to look a lot better on the course. His new “friend” must be good luck.

Photos: Instagram/Nadia Forde

Rory McIlroy hits 436-yard drive (Video)

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy came out on fire at the Scottish Open this week, setting a course record at Royal Aberdeen on Thursday with an opening round 64. The most incredible part of McIlroy’s day was the monstrous drive he hit on the par-4 13th hole.

McIlroy drove the green, which happened to be 436 yards from the tee. For those of you who can’t appreciate how amazing that is, a 436-yard hole would be a par-5 at a lot of amateur golf courses. McIlroy obviously got a perfect bounce, but even the cameras were fooled. A 436-yard drive is a 436-yard drive regardless of the wind or course conditions.

As Shane Bacon of Devil Ball Golf pointed out, 436 yards is 39 yards longer than any drive on the PGA Tour this year. The ball tends to roll more at the Scottish and British links style courses, but that doesn’t take anything away from Rory’s shot. That was an absolute bomb.

Report: Tiger Woods paid Anthony Galea $76K for 14 visits

tiger-woodsTiger Woods has long been linked to performance-enhancing drug use, though there has been no evidence to support the accusations against him. The main reason Tiger has been linked to steroids is that he has received treatments from Canadian doctor Anthony Galea — the same doctor who treated Alex Rodriguez and once admitted to smuggling human growth hormone into the United States.

In the new book “Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era,” authors Tim Elfrink and Gus-Garcia Roberts claim Galea visited Woods a total of 14 times between January and August 2009 and that Woods paid him $76,012 during that span. Tiger was recovering from knee surgery after the 2008 US Open at the time.

While GOLF.com reminds us that Galea has admitted to treating professional athletes with HGH, Galea and Woods have both stated in the past that Tiger received only legal treatments involving platelet-rich plasma therapy.

In addition to being treated by Galea, the book also cited records from the Florida Health Department that show Woods visited with Dr. Mark Lindsay a total of 49 times between September 2008 and October 2009. Tiger reportedly paid Lindsay $118,979. Lindsay is an associate of Galea who also treated A-Rod.

Tiger’s former swing coach Hank Haney told the Golf Channel in 2010 that he watched Galea treat Woods and it was all perfectly normal stuff.

“I was there and watched the whole procedure,” Haney said. “There was never anything that went into Tiger Woods’s body that didn’t come out of his body. They take blood out, they spin it, they inject the plasma back in. I totally believe that Tiger Woods has never taken any performance-enhancing drugs.”

While it’s quite possible that Woods never took performance-enhancing substances, you never want to be linked to the same doctors that treated A-Rod. That guy is basically a walking steroid at this point.