• The Open, Round Three - Plays of the Day

Tevez leaves City on edge

ESPN staff
July 21, 2012
John Daly was seen having a smoke © PA Photos

ESPN will have live updates and exclusive coverage from the Open Championship this week - with reporters at Royal Lytham & St Annes to bring you all the insight

Woods whacks it - finally
Quizzical looks all round as Tiger Woods, who has plodded his way round the course all week by using irons from the tee, took the driver at the par-five seventh and launched a monster drive straight down the middle. Reports of people fainting at the sight are so far unsubstantiated.

He's gonna blow
Most of the golfers on the circuit are finely-honed athletes - but not all, as we saw from John Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez on Saturday. While Jimenez practiced, he had a half-smoked cigar smouldering away behind him in a golf ball-shaped holder - and Daly was puffing away on a cigarette when he took a free drop in a flooded bunker on the 17th.

Tee-time natter
Ever wondered what golfers talk about on the course? No, us neither - and we don't want to know, really, especially after we heard Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson talking awkwardly on the first fairway like they were at a family barbeque. "Oh, it's just 30 or 40 miles north of London," Poulter informed the American. And that was the first hole - imagine the thrilling topics visited by the time of the 18th.

City view
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was all smiles as he penned a few signatures before, according to the BBC, heading to the range for a bit of a tune-up. Perhaps City should be worried: last time we saw him pictured with a club in his hand, he was in the midst of his AWOL spell.

Wrong club
Bubba Watson took a driver out of his bag on the tee at the par-five seventh, only to change his mind and pick up a five iron, which prompted audible groans from the crowd. Watson, ever the showman, hesitated - before opting to go for the five iron, which he used to land the ball straight in the rough. Just give it a whack, Bubba!

I'm back, baby
Luke Donald's caddie John McLaren was given the day off on Friday after his wife gave birth to a daughter - but, on Saturday, he was back alongside the world No. 1. Now that's dedication.

Ace Anirban
India's Anirban Lahiri, the world No. 226, sprinkled a bit of magic onto Saturday when he managed a hole-in-one at the ninth. Must have been doubly sweet as it came on his Open debut.

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