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Coetzee surges into contention at British Open

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HOYLAKE, England — George Coetzee wasn’t planning much of a celebration for his 28th birthday. He did give himself a pretty nice gift — a 3-under 69 at the British Open.

The obscure South African, who this year claimed his first career win on the European Tour, climbed within one shot of leader Rory McIlroy earlier today when the wind picked up at Royal Liverpool.

“This is definitely my favorite major,” Coetzee said. “It’s always going to be my birthday…

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