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Look, I could sit here and tell you that my British Open preview was spot on with a 40/1 Ernie Els victory coming, or that Tiger would contend over the weekend but come up just short, or that FIG Mickelson had absolutely no chance whatsoever…but I'm not really one to talk about myself so let's just move on.
Full confession, this was the least amount of coverage I have ever watched for a Major Championship due to the fact that I was in California on an anniversary trip with my wife. I tell you that for two reasons; one because there are things I'm sure I missed and two because the British Open comes on really frickin' early on the West Coast. I feel terrible for any avid golf fan that lives in the Pacific Time Zone during the British Open. That was brutal!
Even though I cashed in on Els at 38/1 (the odds obviously went down after my selection was released last Monday), I actually felt horrible for Adam Scott. I will say no two people have ever won or lost a golf tournament with more class than Els and Scott did on Sunday.
According to one sports betting website, at his highest point Sunday, backing Adam Scott meant risking $70 to win $1 (implying 98.6% chance of winning). Another website after 11 holes, had Ernie Els with just a 3% chance to win the British Open… Just a little perspective if you want to quantify how big Adam Scott's meltdown was.
The good news for Adam Scott is that he will continue to have zero problems sleeping with any hot chick he puts his mind to. The bad news for Adam Scott is that he might not be able to fall asleep for the next six to eight weeks. Maybe he can go spend the week with Jean Van de Velde and get some pointers.
Apparently some BBC sideline Barbie asked Adam Scott: "Those 3 bogeys didn't help you, did they?" I can only imagine her questions to the Captain of the Titanic, "Mr. Murdock, would you say that Iceberg was the reason you sank?" It just goes to show you, when it comes to sports reporting, good looks will get you much further in life than intelligence.
Come Saturday afternoon (or morning depending on where you were in the world), I think it's safe to say everyone in the world was rooting for a Tiger/Scott final pairing. It will happen sooner than later, but sooner will be a lot more fun. And while he said all the right things after his round, you know the happiest guy in the world to see Scottscollapse down the stretch was Tiger. Caddyshack
Speaking of Tiger, I need someone to tell me where to find that "300 yard, in the fairway every time, stinger 2-iron." I checked the Nike website, Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith, The Golf Warehouse and eBay and none of them offer that club. Oh well.
I had previously lobbied for St. Andrews and Carnoustie as the only two courses on the British Open rotation but I have to say that Royal Lytham and St. Annes actually is a great course when it's not brown and dead. I can't fathom how hard that course would play if the winds actually blew all four days. Thus I am officially willing to allow it to stay on the rotation…you're welcome.
I have to say, what little coverage I did see I wasn't near as disappointed with ESPN as I was during the U.S .Open. Turns out its Chris Berman that sucks covering golf, not ESPN as a whole. Azinger did have a few great lines, none better than "Adam Scott is leading the Open with Tiger's old swing and Tiger's old caddy."
However, the single greatest golf commentator of all-time is and always will be Peter Alliss. The guy is pure gold. His recent Hall of Fame induction speech was no different. Birdie!
John Daly's outfits this week alone should go into the hall of fame. My personal favorite from Friday.
Until Next Week,