Home Golf An Open Championship to Remember

An Open Championship to Remember

The 1977 Open Championship contested at Turnberry Golf Club is known as the ‘Duel in the Sun’ after the incredible performance by Jack Nicklaus and, the eventual winner, Tom Watson. This year’s Open Championship displayed a level of golf that has equaled, if not bettered, that of which took place almost 40 years ago.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, and the U.S.A.’s Phil Mickelson played to such a high level of golf, at Royal Troon, this year, that when the final round concluded the runner-up, Mickelson, was three shots behind Stenson, but was eleven better than third place, fellow American, J.B. Holmes. Stenson’s record tying final round of 63, was the first in a

final round of major to win, since World Golf Hall of Famer, turned broadcaster, Johnny Miller did it in the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont. Not to mention that Stenson’s cumulative score of -20 for the championship ties the lowest overall score in any major, ever. Stenson’s performance was nearly flawless, and extremely memorable to any who witnessed it. Stenson, at 40 years old, had been dubbed by the media, ‘One of the best to not win a major’, along with other notable players: Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood. However, with his immaculate performance at Royal Troon this year, Stenson joins Danny Willet and Dustin Johnson as golfers to obtain their inaugural major this season.

What may be lost under Stenson’s glory, however, was the quality of golf perpetrated by fan favourite, Phil Mickelson. Mickelson’s opening 63, featuring a agonizing lip-out on the eighteenth hole, tied the lowest round in major championship history. ‘Lefty’ backed that up with solid rounds of 69 and 70 to get him into the final pairing with Stenson. Phil did not disappoint on Sunday either. Matching Stenson shot for shot, birdie for birdie, until Stenson’s putter found another level. Phil finished with a closing 65, the second lowest round of the day, behind only Stenson’s 63, and Phil’s lowest round on the final day of major, in his long, impressive career.

Royal Troon provided a fine test of golf to the field in the 146th Open Championship. Only 17 players out of a field that consisted of over 150 golfers finished under par, yet both Stenson, and Mickelson put on an absolute clinic. It was a nail biter until the very finish, but Stenson’s incredibly consistent ball striking paired with his wizardry with the putter made him uncatchable, even for Phil Mickelson, who played one of the best final rounds in Open Championship history.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

RELATED ARTICLES

Khabib Nurmagomedov retires from UFC in tears after defeating Justin Gaethje

Khabib Nurmagomedov submits Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 Khabib Nurmagomedov, the young boy from Dagestan, Russia, wrestling and wrecking machine with the most polite and professional attitude towards his opponents and his peers, he is Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov, coming out from Russia he was a wrestling prodigy and when he came into the UFC he was thought to be a classic wrestler who would take his opponents down and...

Formula 1’s Curious Statistical History in Portugal

The Return of Portugal – A Country with Curious F1 Stats The Formula 1 2020 season has been unique in some ways. The intensity of doubleheaders at the same venue and having the opening eleven races in barely three months has quickly made up for the agonisingly long wait during the height of the pandemic. In other ways, it has been a case of normal service resumed; Mercedes continuing their domination of the sport has...

Brian Ortega – The Resurrection of “T-City”

It is very rare that a fighter, after his first fight from a long layoff gets a title shot. Brian Ortega has proved that he is the next challenger for Alexander Volkanovski. He has earned his title shot by beating the Korean zombie, 50-45 (all three judges), in a spectacular display of his new stand up skills. Coming into the fight it was thought that the only way for Brian Ortega to win the fight...

Resolute Hammers keep City at bay

Antonio's acrobatics earns Hammers a deserved point

AFL Premiers 2020 – Richmond Tigers (Three out of Four Ain’t Bad)

Richmond Tigers have made it back-to-back premierships and three from the past four years at the 2020 AFL Grand Final in Brisbane. Read on to see how the game progressed, quarter by quarter. First Quarter The AFL Grand Final kicked off in gruelling, injury-ridden fashion as the two clubs struggled to trouble the scorers in the early minutes. In a five-second span, Richmond's Nick Vlastuin and Cats veteran Gary Ablett both went down, eventually being taken off before...

A Look At The Great Anderson Silva (“The Spider”)

Anderson Silva - The Spider What can be said about Anderson Silva (34-10-0) everyone doesn't already know? A knock out machine? Been done. A submission guru? Well known. The ability to strategize and pick angles is possibly the strongest point in his fight game. Looking back on his first fight with the toughest opponent anyone could have faced in Chael Sonnen - Anderson Silva was in trouble. The counter striker kept getting countered. Silva had to...

Leeds Rock Villa Boat as Bamford Pounces

Bamford's first hat-trick for Leeds ensures victory over Villa

Billy Joe Saunders Defends WBO Title against Martin Murray on December 4.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing has today confirmed that WBO Super Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders will make his return to the ring after a one-year layoff. Saunders will defend his WBO Crown against fellow Brit Martin Murray on December 4 on Sky Sports and DAZN. A contest between Saunders and Murray has been scheduled two times prior for Saunders' WBO Middleweight Belt in 2018 but postponed both times due to injuries from Billy Joe. Murray...

Super Rugby Unlocked 2020: Bulls Vs Sharks

Every South African rugby fan will shift their attention to Loftus Versveld, Pretoria this Saturday at the Super Rugby Unlocked the latest game between the Blue Bulls and The Sharks; both with plenty of pride to play for in this South African rugby derby. Both Bulls and Sharks have a vast blend of youth and experience, as both teams are leading contenders to lift the South African Super Rugby Unlocked trophy this year. Previous Meetings: In many...

UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje – Main Card Preview

Main Card Preview UFC 254: UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje will take place on October 24, 2020, at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Khabib will look to defend his UFC title against Justin Gaethje in a fight Island classic for the ages. The co-main event features former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker taking on rising top contender Jared Cannonier. The 3 Fights To Look Forward To; Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje Khabib Nurmagomedov...
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!