Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Open

Two years ago I was mesmerized on the couch as Tom Watson amazed the world with his grace and stamina. The last hole and succeeding playoff had me in despair.

This year, I haven't watched much of it at all, but am cheering of course for the Americans. Dustin Johnson has a powerful swing and never seems to quite make it to the finish line - but he's been in the top 10 for many tournaments. Is this is moment? Can someone please get him another style hat. Just once I'd like to see him with a more traditional hat; although I suppose it is what helps me instantly recognize him.

Rickie Fowler, still so young, and yet, a force with whom to be reckoned, is playing fantastically. For a young man with style - both in swing and in his daily garb, he is a joy to watch.

Lucas Glover has a shot at one of 3 Americans ending the day under par. Martin Kaymer has surprised us before. And you can never count out Davis Love III. He may be the Tom Watson of the group by virtue of his experience. Speaking of Tom Watson, he ended Saturday at +4 - actually one stroke ahead of darling Rory McIlroy. Go figure. With Mickelson at even par - and my favorite American - you just never know; the man might catch fire today...but probably not. It hasn't been his year.

The favorite of course is Darren Clarke - whom I had never even heard of before this tournament. The local favorite from Dungannon offers the crowd a blazing smile and an unassuming air. But his odds are slim. According to an article on The Open site, the 54 hole leader has gone on to win a Major in the last six championships only twice. Tough going, but you never know.

It should be a great day for golf. Because in golf and especially The Open; you just never know.