So I came into this blog at an awesome time. It was British Open week, we had an LPGA player in a PGA event for the first time since Michelle Wie in 2008, and the week of the Junior US Amateur. I’m not 100% sure how the format will be for these Monday recap blogs, but I’m just going to work them until they’re somewhere around what I like.
Francesco Takes the Open Championship
Earlier in the week, my vision for the final round was that there would be a collection of low scores and there would ultimately be a playoff. I was close. The scores collected at around -6, and at one point, there were six players tied for first. The Claret jug was seemingly Jordan Spieth’s to lose and he absolutely did. Kevin Kisner, Tiger Woods, and Xander Schaeffele all had chances to just play even keel and they could be named champion golfer of the year. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose tried to step up but it was just a little bit too late, but in the end it was Francesco Molinari who just had to play to -2 on the day to secure the win.
Overall, casual golf fans and golf hard asses alike should have been pretty happy with how the tournament played out. One of the big takeaways is that Francesco Molinari has secured his spot for the European Ryder Cup team this fall, and as an American, that’s scary. He’s a little guy who can just flat out play. He never looks rattled and he wills himself to win on any style course as shown by his success in majors, regular PGA events, and European events.
Haircuts and Hangovers
The two big off course stories were Jordan Spieth getting a haircut and Eddie Pepperell shooting a 67 with a hangover. Listen, Jordan is a good looking dude. I’ll say it. Every time I go to tournaments, the droves of college age ladies carrying YSL bags and wearing Tory Burch sunglasses line the fairways and say all the things they want to do to his 3 wood. That doesn’t change the fact that he struggles a little bit with his hairline. Whenever he goes to a trophy ceremony, he does it without a hat and he clearly feels a little vulnerable. After all, 50 years from now, he doesn’t want his grandchildren looking at his old pictures wearing green jackets and hoisting trophies with the hair style of an aging accountant. So he wandered into downtown Carnoustie and got a haircut. He spent like 20 British pounds and got pretty much roasted for it. Lucky for him, it didn’t get much airtime seeing as he decided to blast a few tee shots into bushes and bunkers which led him to pissing away a lead.
Eddie Pepperell went 71-70-71 in the first three rounds. Apparently, he proceeded to go grab a few drinks after his round, as one does. So the next morning he goes out and shoots 67 in the toughest conditions of the week. In typical golf media fashion, they had a field day when he came out and said he had a bit of a hangover. This is just more proof that golf is 100% mental. There’s really not much to say. It’s this dude’s job to swing a golf club. I’m sure he’s done it with the sniffles, I’m sure he’s done it while having the shits. A little headache and an upset stomach shouldn’t phase him and it’s clear that it didn’t.
Saddest “I told ya so” of the Week
Brittany Lincicome missed the cut at the Barbasol Championship. I wrote a totally separate blog saying she had no shot of making the cut. It is with a heavy heart that I say I was right. I think it was a a good thing that she was in the event opposite the British Open because it kept the part-time golf bloggers away from trolling it. The first day was absolutely rough, coming into the clubhouse with a +6. Then rain kept them from playing the second round until Saturday where she shot a -1 and missed the cut. As I said, it just goes to show how fucking good these guys are.
Well that’s it for this week’s roundup. My ass was glued to the couch for like 40 hours this weekend and I made it through like a case and a half of Coors light. Now on to Canada for some poutine and this week’s RBC Canadian Open.