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British Open headed for a Monday finish

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British Open headed for a Monday finish

The British Open is headed for a Monday finish.

The R&A intends to finish the second round Saturday, play the third round Sunday, and hold the final round Monday.

It will be the first Monday finish at the British Open since 1988 at Lytham.

The second round was suspended for more than three hours because of rain on Friday. Then, after only 32 minutes of play Saturday morning, play was halted again by high winds.

Thirty-nine players have yet to complete the second round, including co-leader Dustin Johnson.

The R&A hopes to resume play around 4 p.m., assuming wind gusts of nearly 40 mph finally die down.

Tiger, Phil reportedly interested in $10 million, winner-take-all match

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Tiger, Phil reportedly interested in $10 million, winner-take-all match

The sport of golf may have a fifth 'major' on its hands in the near future. 

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who have won a combined 122 PGA Tour events and 19 major championships, are reportedly planning a $10 million winner-take-all match. 

The two legends have long been interconnected, beginning as young boys growing up in the suburbs of Southern California. Being that Mickelson is 5 1/2 years older than Woods, he stole the spotlight during the 1980s setting the bar with numerous junior records. 

The competitive nature between the two stars only grew stronger as their careers reached the PGA Tour level. 

A relationship that began with various press conference jabs and a clear distaste for one another, has recently begun to soften with age. 

After their surprise practice round together at the Masters in April, the golf world was left wondering if the two had something up their sleeves. 

Fast forward a month to the Players Championship that was held May 10–13 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 

"The excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match. Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round," said Mickelson after their round. 

Meanwhile, the golf world had no idea that match negotiations were well underway between the two parties. 

"I'm definitely not against that. We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable," said Woods, playing along. 

Per Golf.com, Mickelson and Woods are expected to tee it up in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Knowing how business-oriented the two golfers are, don't be surprised if this head-to-head match isn't just a one-time thing. A time has not been announced. 

Just as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer did, Woods and Mickelson seem to have put their once bitter rivalry in the past as they approach the twilight of their career. 

Kris Ventura makes PGA Tour debut, shares classic photo with Tiger Woods

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Kris Ventura makes PGA Tour debut, shares classic photo with Tiger Woods

23-year-old Mexican-born Kristoffer Ventura first picked up the game of golf after receiving a plastic set of clubs for Christmas at the age of two. 

Four years later his mother took him to his first U.S. Kids Golf tournament in Virginia. Ventura's first-place finish took his commitment to the game to a whole new level. 

The Ventura family picked up and left for Norway in what would become an important move for Kris's golf game. 

Ventura quickly became one of the best young golfers in the country, representing the European side at the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup, finishing second at the 2012 European Nations Cup and representing Norway twice at the World Amateur Team Championships (2012 and 2014). 

Before Charlotte and Carlos (Kris's parents) knew it, coaches from some of the best U.S. college golf programs were traveling overseas to recruit their son. 

After initially committing to Arizona State, Ventura had a change of heart and instead spent four years at Oklahoma State University. 

Ventura enjoyed a successful career as a Cowboy both on the golf course and in the classroom, earning first-team All-Big 12 recognition all four years while earning third-team All-American honors as a sophomore. He also was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick as a junior and second-team All-Big 12 pick this past May as a senior. 

Among his wide array of accomplishments, there's one thing missing: a championship. That was what he and his OSU teammates set out to accomplish during the 2018 season. 

On May 30, the team celebrated a 2018 Division I men's golf national championship on its home course, dominating Alabama in finals match play at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

One former Cowboy showed up to support his former team and his friendship with Ventura dates back to 2014, at least. 

For Ventura, an NCAA championship title wasn't the only thing on his list. 

From a very young age, he had his sights set on reaching the PGA Tour. 

His dream came true on Thursday during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac. 

In an Instagram post last week, Ventura thanked the Tiger Woods Foundation for the opportunity and shared a photo from his childhood that has since circled all throughout golf social media: 

Although Ventura failed to make it to the weekend with rounds of 73 and 70, don't be surprised if you're seeing the young talent on future leaderboards sooner rather than later.