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Time Out For The Open

Let me go way off topic for a moment to point out The British Open starts today. A good friend from England emailed earlier this morning:

The Open tees-off at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake over here in North West England this morning. I wouldn't worry too much about a European victory. If you have to support a Brit, there is always young Luke Donald who surprised everybody in the golfing fraternity by taking up a golf scholarship in Evanston rather than down in the sunny south. The old timers say he reminds them of Hale Irwin and Gene Littler. No bad role models, better than fat whining Monty!

To which I responded:

So cruel to poor Monty! Personally, I happen to like Monty well these days, as with each tournament he looks more and more like the star in some Aeschylean golf tragedy. His collapse on the final hole of the U.S. Open last month was perhaps the worst yet - one swing with an eight iron for victory. He couldn't even put it on the green. How he must have felt watching Mickelson come hacking down the treeline on that final hole!

A short while later I discovered that Monty addressed this very issue in the Daily Telegraph this morning ("Double-bogeys are just part of the fun for fans") and how age has helped him gain perspective on his career:

I can see that my performance in majors does not add up to failure. I've had six opportunities to win and these are not easy to come by. To put it another way, being in contention and throwing it away (as I feel I did at Winged Foot) is preferable to never being a contender at all.

I, for one, will be rooting for "fat whining Monty" this week, though he's off to a rather mediocre start with a 73 today.

P.S. Tiger Woods statement here. Official web site of the British Open here. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.