major drama

mulligan, 19 July 2004, Comments Off on major drama
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What more could you ask for?  This year, we’ve had 3 engrossing major tournaments.  Yesterday’s final round of the British Open was golf at its best.  Phil Mickelson made a mini-run, but may have made a tactical mistake in playing it safe (but who could blame him after he’s suffered so much grief for not playing it safe).  Ernie Els made a major run, almost birdieing the last 3 holes.  His par on the 14th from off the middle of the gourse tree was one of the most incredible pars ever!  (Ironically, Dave Pelz had a clip the night before on the Golf Channel, showing how to hit that shot.) 


And then there’s 38 year-old Todd Hamilton, a journeyman with much game who beat Ernie Els in a playoff.  Todd calls his style of play “ugly golf.”  But there was nothing ugly about his play on Sunday.  It may be time for everyone to buy a utility rescue club, as Todd Hamilton showed it’s a really good chipper (which I thought was illegal at one point). 


The Open also had another memorable feature:  Nick Faldo’s commentary.  That guy is hilarious.  And he was right about the playoff, contrary to Ian Baker Finch’s strong sentiments:  Ernie did not have a “huge advantage.”  If anything, I thought Ernie had much more pressure on him as the favorite.  Todd Hamilton had nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Faldo was right.   ABC should hire that guy.


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