2012 British Open Wrap-Up

Outstanding finish to The Open Championship, complete with the the resurrection of Ernie Els after the Big Easy came so close earlier in the year at Transitions and the Zurich Classic, and dealt with his own crushing disappointment along with a missed opportunity to play in The Masters.  As sweet as this was for Els, you’ve got to feel for Adam Scott and the way he went down.  Major golf is such a mental grind and it definitely benefits those who try and fail and fail and fail, as the battle hardening and lessons learned can be used to toughen the resolve of the defeated.  Scott was tested and failed.  Hopefully he can bank the experience and benefit from it.  Oddly enough, Els wasn’t subject to the pressure of defending the lead, played solid and let the championship fall into his lap.  He seemed almost as surprised to win as Scott was shocked to lose.

I had Tiger Woods winning this event and Ernie finishing third so their top performances were expected but I totally missed on Lee Westwood (my runner up pick).  On Woods, I was surprised he tried that play in the bunker on #6 (the first one) because his approach had been totally mastery-based to that point, and suddenly turned ego-based as the challenge of showing off his skills to pull off the shot became irresistible.  I much preferred Graeme McDowell’s approach of spending a shot on a sensible play in the bunker and giving himself a better look on an easier out.  The triple bogey effectively ended Tiger’s chances.  No idea what happened to Westwood other than he probably tried too hard to win one ala Colin Montgomery.

The Open is a very cool event to watch because the uniqueness of links golf brings the players who embrace the style to the forefront every year.  Often it’s age defying and was again at Lytham & St. Annes as seniors Tom Watson and Mark Calcavecchia both made the cut.  Greg Norman seriously contended at 53 years old in 2008, and the way the round bellies continually show up for this event is amazing.  It’s simply not possible in the three other majors (or is highly improbable), and is a pleasure to watch.

So congratulations to Ernie Els, and we’ll see you at Augusta in April!

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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2 Responses to 2012 British Open Wrap-Up

  1. Chris Ross says:

    What an unbelievable collapse. I thought the tournament was done but I guess you just never know. You see why Adam Scott hasn’t panned out like he was supposed to. And I also think this is just another piece of evidence to show that the Tiger intimidation factor is more media hype than anything. Guys in golf are collapsing anyways and clearly this time it had nothing to do with Tiger. A snooze fest of a major turned into an absolute historical one yesterday. This is why I love golf. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to know what you think http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/only-a-matter-of-time-for-tiger-woods/

  2. Brian Penn says:

    Chris, yes incredible collapse. Some guys make incredibly stupid plays in the heat of battle like Jean van de Velde, and some just can’t hold it together under pressure, like Scott. You wonder how others come out of the woodwork to win majors and some quality players with long successful careers just can’t get it done. Makes for great theater though! Thanks.

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