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Saturday, July 16, 2005

What a day at St Andrews

With all the publicity about the gret one Jack Nicklaus' exit yesterday, this championship has today taken on a feel that I have not had about a Golf event in over ten years. Why? this is probably the best leaderboard I have seen any time in the last few years, maybe ever. Woods, Goosen, Olazabal, Montgomerie, Singh, Daly, Garcia, Michael Campbell and for a while Mickelson. With the exception of Ernie Els, today's best and champions of the past all seem to be paying the Golden Bear a fitting tribute with some of the best golf my eyes have ever seen.

Buckle up, this is likely to be a classic weekend we will remember for years. The local favorite, Colin Montgomerie who has been so close so many times at majors getting a shot in front of the home fans. Vijay Singh who seems to have won everything else getting a shot at the event he covets the most. Jose Maria Olazabal, the great champion of the past having his best week in years. Sergio Garcia chasing his first major with his usual flair and youthful exuberance. John Daly returning to site of his greatest triumph and playing great golf. The U.S. Open champion, Michael Campbell returning to the site of his famous near miss in 1995. Oh yeah, and some guy named Woods leading. This is going to be a great weekend!


Joe said...

Yup, some really good stuff today. I am not the biggest fan of golf on tv, but this has been really exciting.

Anonymous said...

I hate Golf normally but this was really exciting. My brother watches so watched along today and unlike the Masters which he swears but but I see as bucnh of elitist jack asses giving themselves airs, I liked this different style of Golf. The course is right in the town, it isn't some secluded country club and the common people were walking the grounds with the players. The golf to was exciting- it wasn't like these american events where you just smash the ball down the fairway. Really, I was quite shocked. This will be the one event I watch each year.

Matt said...

I agree that today was something special. What a leaderboard!

Some thoughts going into Sunday

1- I don't think Tiger has the killer instinct anymore. Sure, he's still the best golfer on the planet and may win this open, but he doesn't intimidate others in the field anymore.

2- Jose Maria Olazabal is playing way over his head this week. He'll falter tomorrow.

3- Sergio Garcia has yet to learn how to win one of these things.

4- Monty's major losses have come largely because others have overtaken him. Both US Open that he loast to Ernie Els, Els won rather than Monty losing.

5- Goosen is a steady ship. He'll be tough to beat

6- Vijay could still win if he makes a few puts. Tee to Green he's still the best in the field.

7- My hope is that Brad Faxon, maybe the only American player that considers the British Open more important than the US Open or Masters finds a way to win. He's put himself in position for a run at the claret jug.

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