The British Open, better known to golfers around the world as The Open, has been ongoing all week and will wrap up today.
This year it is at St. Andrews course in Scotland, which is where golf originated. This is the 150th anniversary of this event.
The event rotates around certain courses on the British Isles and it was last played here in 2000 and 2005, with Tiger Woods being the winner both times. You might imagine that Tiger would have aspirations of winning this time as well, but it doesn’t appear this will be the case. But who knows. When he was at the top of his game, he would pull out all kinds of seeming miracles. But this year, for what would seem obvious reasons, he has not demonstrated that in the various events in which he’s participated.
For those who are interested, here is a link I found that gives a graphic and information for each hole of the St. Andrews course.
We were able to watch some of the first two days of the event on Thursday and Friday and saw Tom Watson make a great effort to make the cut for the weekend. He did not make it, but what a great thrill to see him take the walk over the bridge on 18 and stand for his ovation from the crowds. He’s 61 this year and has won this event five times in his great career. Last year he had a chance of winning up until the end and couldn’t quite pull it off. What a great golfer and what a great golf career!
The event is aired live early here in the states due to the 5 hour time difference. It will be interesting to see if Louis Oosthuizen, the young man who has maintained the lead as of the first 54 holes, will continue to do so and be awarded the Claret Jug.