“British Open…Sunday Shootout”
“Golf-Sights & Sounds”
The birthplace of golf was on display in its full glory.
What a finish for the 150th British Open at the historic surroundings at St. Andrew’s in Scotland.
The world may have been rooting for the hometown hero, the Scot, Rory McIlroy and he gave them 3-days of spectacular golf. But the eagles and birdies that made up those first three days disappeared. It was as if he lost his putter from his bag. The four shot lead went away because he did not make his putts.
The Aussie was unbelievable. What a finish for Cameron Smith, storming from 4-strokes back, reeling off 4-birdies in a row on the back nine, taking the lead and not giving it up on 17-or-18. You shoot a 64 on the final day-so impressive
Cam Young used an eagle to climb into second place, continuing a surge of quality tourneys the last month..
McIlroy came home third, continuing a string of near misses in Grand Slam events going back this entire year.
He exited Scotland believing he is close. He should know he has become the face and the social conscience of the PGA tour in the aftermath of the raids by the enemy Saudi Super League.
Victor Hovland could not finish the deal, falling from the co-lead, when he shot a 74 on Sunday and did not see the same golfer Sunday he was earlier in the week.
There was heat, there was high winds at times. There was no rain off the Irish Sea, that was unique to this tourney. It was pretty aggressive shot making too.
it was a relief to get back on the course and not having to hear about the LIV tour, the Super League, the 24 players who defected, the name-calling, the anger, the resentment.
Tiger Woods showed he could walk 18-holes, but he couldn’t play 18-holes. He started with a double bogey the first day, and wound up in trouble the first two days. 7-bogeys and 3-double bogeys showeded he is not the same golfer these days. Heart willing. Body and game not.
He walked up 18-with an emotional outpouring of the gallery, some 290,000-fans who attended the week, let him know how much they respected this comeback from all his problems. He had tears in his eye approaching the final green. We may never see him in an Open again.
The same may be said for Phil Mickelson, who has been the poster boy for dislike after leading all the defections abroad. Add in a miserable showing, all those bogeys and double bogeys, and a 123rd finish.
This following his 33rd and 42nd finishes in his first two guaranteed money tourneys on the LIV tour. His game is gone. Sadly his popularity too, by how he acted and what he decided. What a sad fall from grace for the Fan’s Man.
Next up, what happens at Bedminster in New Jersey, a Trump course, hosting next weekends LIV tourney.
Added to the golf, will be the fact members of the 9/11-Family Foundation will show up to protest and picket the Trump course, never forgetting the loss of life in the Twin Towers. 15-of-the 19-terrorists on those planes were Saudi’s. People want to know why Trump is doing business with them?
But what a Sunday in front of the gallery for Cam Smith. Even old Tom Moore, who built the original Scottish course in the 1800s, would have been impressed. I was.