BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY
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THURSDAY, July 12
Carnoustie is known more for the calamity it causes than the British Open champions it produces, including the most famous collapse of all by Jean Van de Velde. But the Frenchman has company. Jose Jurado of Argentina topped a shot into Barry Burn during his double bogey-bogey-bogey finish in 1931. Padraig Harrington hit into the burn twice on the 18th hole, made double bogey and still won in a playoff. Of the six previous Opens at Carnoustie, Ben Hogan is the only player to hold a 54-hole lead. That reputation is what awaits the world’s best when the 147th edition of the British Open returns to what many consider the toughest links in the world, so much that it’s nickname in recent years is “Carnasty.” By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 p.m. Thursday.
WITH: GLF--British Open-Facts and Figures, GLF--British Open-Hole By Hole, GLF--British Open-Yardage-Par.
FRIDAY, July 13
Ryan Armour had the pedigree, and he nearly had a prestigious title to go with it. He was 2 up with two holes to play in the 1993 U.S. Junior Amateur when his opponent birdied the last two holes and won on the next hole. The opponent that day was Tiger Woods, and their careers went in wildly different directions. Woods is playing the British Open for the 20th time, and his name already is on the claret jug three times. Armour finally made it to his first major at age 41. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. Friday.
WITH: GLF--British Open-Capsules. GLF--British Open-Trivia Quiz.
SATURDAY, July 14
The scenes were nothing alike and wildly similar. If Seve Ballesteros was the “Car Park Champion” in 1979 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for a tee shot so far to the right that came to rest in a parking lot, then Jordan Spieth is the “Driving Range Champion” from Royal Birkdale last year. For all the great putts Spieth made to win the claret jug, the crucial moment was summed up with a question: “Is the range out-of-bounds?” By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon Saturday.
WITH: GLF--British Open-Carnoustie Capsules.
MONDAY, July 16
OVERWATCH LEAGUE-WINNING WILPONS
NEW YORK —Mets COO Jeff Wilpon is primed to win a championship this summer— in esports. The Wilpon-owned New York Excelsior have been a juggernaut during the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, and Wilpon is being praised for his leadership of the video game club. His roster, comprised mostly of South Korean players, is the top seed entering the playoffs and a heavy favorite to win the league’s first Grand Final in Brooklyn on July 27 and 28. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMNG: 1000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.
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