“Diminutive Zach Johnson's Open win is a triumph for golf and its short hitters.”
The long and short of it
Recalling that Paul McGinley said, “St Andrews will be massively advantageous to the big hitter. It is almost impossible to look past those who are long off the tee.”
And for a while it did appear that he’d got it right with Dustin Johnson doing his long-hitting thing before his meltdown in the last two rounds which is becoming something of a habit.
As to why this should be the case maybe Dustin has to learn how to dig in and gut it out like his short-hitting namesake from Iowa.
And how about the amateurs?
Mr McGinley made no mention of the amateurs in the field. Not even his fellow countryman who did very well as did so many. In fact I do believe more of them made the cut than for many a year.
Ewan Murray writes, “The concerted prominence of amateur golfers at the 144th Open Championship, as it belatedly concluded on Monday, was striking. Jordan Niebrugge took home the medal after tying sixth at 11 under par. Were the Oklahoma State University student a professional golfer, he would have claimed a serious six-figure prize.
An English amateur, Ashley Chesters, closed at nine under. Ollie Schniederjans matched that aggregate score. Neither of the pair finished a round over par.”
Don’t give up your day job, just yet?
Harrington says hang in there a wee bit longer and G Mac advises just do it and make it now.
The two Irishmen beg to differ on Paul Dunne’s options regarding when to turn pro and Ewan Murray pitches in with a painful reminder of someone who made the move too soon.
“Rose turned professional and missed 21 straight cuts. His career has since blossomed following those troubled early days on tour but his wounding experiences serve as a warning. Other Silver Medal winners – Lloyd Saltman, David Dixon, Stuart Wilson, Marius Thorp – have almost disappeared without trace. Tom Lewis, who led the Open after a 65 at Royal St George’s four years ago, is only now making professional inroads.”
Here’s the link to James and to Ewan
Quote of the Day
“For him to pull that off man, wow it was just like David versus Goliath.” – Zach Johnson’s caddie, Damon Green commenting on his man's gutsy performance.