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Posts Tagged ‘British Open’

Well That Sucked (Tom Watson)

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Tom Watson

Eight feet. That’s the distance between Tom Watson and an astonishing British Open win. By now, you know the result. Watson beefed the par putt on 18 and completely fell apart in the “overtime period,” including a double bogey on the second extra hole. This allowed public enemy of the week, Stewart Cink, to snatch victory from the jaws of Watson’s defeat. Well, that and a timely, timely 15-foot birdie on the 18th hole. While Watson’s near-miss was the talk of the sports world this past weekend, his work resonated even more in his native Kansas City — home of some of the best sports writers in the business, and Intentional Foul.

Correlation? I’ll let you decide.

Anyway, two of the bigger names in the business, Whitlock and Posnanski, both had eulogy-like essays detailing Watson’s close-but-yet-so-far British Open.

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Get Off Tom Watson’s Lawn

Tom Watson

Tom Watson and his incredible sweater are leading the British Open at five-under par. In other news, Tom Watson is a bigger pimp than you or I could possibly imagine. And yes, that sweater just oozes excellence, domination and awesome-ness. Oh, and for those of you who don’t think he can be a pimp with sweater like that, think again.

The eloquent BBC has more on Watson’s turn-back-the-clock performance (so far):

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You Don’t Say? (Tiger Woods)

Tiger's Good

Thanks to Rebecca Kelley for this awesome, awesome find. Next up, their crack reporting staff will tackle Kobe Bryant. I hear he’s pretty good at basketball. After that, I’m almost certain they’ll start on their “Did You Know Grass is Green?” expose.

Padraig Harrington Can Repeat Too

Padraig Harrington

So, Tiger’s not the only golfer on the PGA Tour who is capable of repeating at the Major Championships. I’m glad Padraig Harrington helped clear that up now that he’s won back-to-back British Open trophies. The repeat, which took place at Royal Birkdale, solidified Harrington’s place as one of the best golfers on the tour and as the best European golfer in the PGA — a fact that’s hard to debate when you compare his resume to the other European golfers on tour.

If you are just counting 2008, Harrington is tops here as well. Besides his second consecutive Open trophy, he has four top-ten finishes and seven in the top-25. However, it was his four-stroke Open victory that puts his name among the golfing’s best. Because of his repeat victory, Harrington saw his name jump 31 spots as he entered the top-10 standings for the PGA’s FedEx cup.

Greg Norman? Really?

Greg Norman

In an effort to prove his golf game is as refined as the wine he produces, Greg Norman is attempting a little redemptive “comeback” of his own as he finds himself atop the leaderboard at the British Open. After shooting back-to-back par-70s, Norman also finds himself the sole golfer in the tournament who is not above par. Maybe the Shark was waiting for the Tiger to lay low before he wanted to make himself heard again…

Although, the idea of a Tiger and Shark fighting it out for the rights to the Open championship trophy lends itself to some Discovery Channel/Animal Face-off fun. While he still has two days worth of good golf to deliver, I must say it is nice to hear Greg Norman’s name in again in relation to golf. Let’s just hope he doesn’t choke another Major victory away — provided he’s in position to win.

Directly behind Norman is Camilo Villegas, a Colombian golfer who sits at +1. Behind Villegas is a group of golfers at +2, including Rocco Mediate, Jim Furyk, Ian Poulter and K.J. Choi. Sergio Garcia sits at +5, while Phil Mickelson and John Daly looks like they will be missing the cut with a +10 and a +15, respectively.

Greg Norman

However, all eyes are on the wine-making golfer from Australia. Can he complete the feel good story and capture his first Major victory since the 93 British?

The Open Championship – No Threat of Tigers

Sergio Garcia

The Open Championship, AKA, the British Open is underway today and it looks like Gene Wojciechowski was right about Phil Mickelson. While it looks like Birkdale is playing incredibly tough — currently two players under par — Mickelson’s +9 puts him in the lower half of the field and in danger of missing the cut.

To wit, Mickelson, who some believe is one of the most talented golfers on the tour, is only one stroke better than everybody’s favorite Pillsbury Dough Boy, John Daly. To be fair, Mickelson has already won two events this year and is a great position to be the leader of the Fed Ex Cup standings now that Tiger has shelved it for the remainder of the year. But, his performance in the major tournaments this year has been quite disappointing. While he finished fifth in the Masters, his US Open performance was, well, lacking (for lack of a better term).

With Tiger out of the way, the idea was Phil would rise to the occasion and pick up where Woods left an opening. Unfortunately for Mickelson, his opening +9 was not the best way to say to the world, “I’m the second-best golfer on the planet.” While he may be able to correct his opening-round misfortunes, right now, he’s in a position where making the cut is questionable.

As for your leaders, currently, Adam Scott and Peter Hanson share the lead at one-under par. Behind them are names like Greg Norman, Sergio Garcia, Stuart Appleby and Retief Goosen. These four are either even par or one-over and should be considered as potential winners as the Open progresses towards Sunday’s finish.

As for Tiger, well, I’m sure he’s at home in Orlando with his repaired leg propped up, saying to himself, “Damn, I wish I was out there. Do you see the kind of opening these guys are leaving for someone like me? I’d be running away with this by now.” Or something to that affect.

Update, 12:30 CST:
Your current leaders are Rocco “No Fluke” Mediate, Graeme McDowell, and Adam Scott at one-under par. Behind them, three golfers remain at even par, including Greg Norman. Phil Mickelson is still at 9-over par (his round was complete when I first wrote the post). I’m just sayin’.