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Kuchar's 29 on front 9 matches 1991 mark

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) The smile is still there, and so is the week-in, week-out consistency that has made Matt Kuchar a very rich man.

He's also got an Olympic medal, though tellingly it's not gold. Read More...

McIlroy in mix after 5 bogeys on first 6

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) Rory McIlroy was standing on the sixth tee and already doubting his chances of making the weekend at the British Open when his negative thoughts were interrupted by his caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald.

"He reminded me who I was, basically," said McIlroy, a four-time major champion. "He said: `You're Rory McIlroy, what are you doing?'" Read More...

Rahm escapes penalty for moving vine

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) Jon Rahm thought he was moving a loose twig, didn't realize he had violated a rule and eventually was cleared of a penalty in the opening round of the British Open.

It was the second straight tournament in which Rahm was caught up in a rules dispute. Read More...

'Recharged' Koepka far from rusty

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) Brooks Koepka isn't willing to share details of his trip to Las Vegas right after he won the U.S. Open, which is probably just as well.

The sly grin that accompanied his short description - "I had fun. I had a few friends out. We had a good time." - was in step with the familiar slogan about what happens in Vegas staying in Vegas. One thing that didn't happen was golf. Read More...

Hoffman again on leaderboard at major

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):

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Piller cards 63 to lead Marathon Classic

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Gerina Piller shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday in the Marathon Classic to take a one-stroke lead over U.S. Women's Open champion Sung Hyun Park and Peiyun Chien.

Winless on the LPGA Tour, Piller had nine birdies and a bogey in the first round at Highland Meadows. The American birdied the first three holes and four of the first five. Read More...

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