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Wednesday 29th May 2024

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The Open Championship


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This year is my first attending one in England. My first was 1977 at Turnberry and have been to heaps since. Going down to Lytham Monday through Saturday and really looking forward to it, on the greatest and toughest golf course I've ever played. I'm really enjoying the Scottish Open on the telly but having been at Le Golf National last week and away all next week, didn't go up to Castle Stuart.

 

Some of the golfers were saying that this week is good preparation for next week. Bollocks. Other than tight lies, they are chalk and cheese. Lytham asks all its questions from the tees. It is the most relentlessly demanding driving course on the planet. Paris was an excellent driving course too but Castle Stuart has fairways wider than the brick facade at Ibrox and at this level on this particular track, it's nothing to do with driving. One golfer hit 27 of 28 fairways and missed the cut. Noren, joint leader was 124th in the field for Driving Accuracy after 2 Rds.

 

The Open is my favourite sporting event on the planet and this year could be really special, I reckon. Memories of the greatest, Seve will be strong of course but who's your money on next week?

 

I'm going for Louis Oosthuizen (50/1) and Harris English (300/1).

 

Lawrie at 66's isn't good value at all in my opinion but Donald at 18/1 and Westwood at 16's is even worse. Donald's driving won't be strong enough round Lytham (length and accuracy) and the golfing gods ain't giving Westwood a major until he learns to putt properly.

 

Put your selections here for next week. This week at the Scottish is anybody's although Francesco was hugely impressive on the range last week with a swing that nothing much can go wrong with. Now that he has learned to putt, he's a threat anywhere any time.

 

 

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Good to see some Scots up near the top of the Scottish Open, Laird and Warren doing very well.

 

The Open? Fuck knows, no-one really sticks out as a favourite and I expect Donald and Westwood won't be in the running. Harrington is getting a bit of form and consistency of late so maybe a top ten for him.

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Good to see some Scots up near the top of the Scottish Open, Laird and Warren doing very well.

 

Laird's had a great round today.  Never really done well on links golf, but I think the jury's out on whether Castle Stuart is a links course or not.  Wish I'd gone up, weather is better this year!

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Yep, largely the best sporting event anywhere.The Rangers FC 2012 v Peterhead 5th place play off excluded.

 

Looks like it will be quite receptive and it'll absolutely depend on the wind. My money might be on Dufner, just because I love the way he swings the club, Hogan like. Cabrera Bello as my outsider EW.

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This year is my first attending one in England. My first was 1977 at Turnberry and have been to heaps since. Going down to Lytham Monday through Saturday and really looking forward to it, on the greatest and toughest golf course I've ever played. I'm really enjoying the Scottish Open on the telly but having been at Le Golf National last week and away all next week, didn't go up to Castle Stuart.

 

Some of the golfers were saying that this week is good preparation for next week. Bollocks. Other than tight lies, they are chalk and cheese. Lytham asks all its questions from the tees. It is the most relentlessly demanding driving course on the planet. Paris was an excellent driving course too but Castle Stuart has fairways wider than the brick facade at Ibrox and at this level on this particular track, it's nothing to do with driving. One golfer hit 27 of 28 fairways and missed the cut. Noren, joint leader was 124th in the field for Driving Accuracy after 2 Rds.

 

The Open is my favourite sporting event on the planet and this year could be really special, I reckon. Memories of the greatest, Seve will be strong of course but who's your money on next week?

 

I'm going for Louis Oosthuizen (50/1) and Harris English (300/1).

 

Lawrie at 66's isn't good value at all in my opinion but Donald at 18/1 and Westwood at 16's is even worse. Donald's driving won't be strong enough round Lytham (length and accuracy) and the golfing gods ain't giving Westwood a major until he learns to putt properly.

 

Put your selections here for next week. This week at the Scottish is anybody's although Francesco was hugely impressive on the range last week with a swing that nothing much can go wrong with. Now that he has learned to putt, he's a threat anywhere any time.

 

Can't disagree at all there rocket.  I've still to make my picks (got some reading to do the next couple of days), but I reckon Oostie, again, is going to be there.

 

I don't get the odds for Donald and Westwood, neither have ever displayed the mental toughness to capture a major.  It can only be due to patriotic betting.

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Another reason I think that Harris is going to have a good week is because between greens and tees, he never refused an autograph. Most of the kids, and many adults surprisingly, who held out their programmes and 18th hole flags may never have heard of him and didn't know who this 8 foot giant was but he signed them all. At 16, one of his playing partners teed off whilst him and Bill Haas were still signing, 5 and 10 yards in front of him.

 

The yan of his generosity was his clutterability. On every shot, English had FIVE of his people with him. Standing with him were his caddy and four others. One might have been Stockton, a putting coach although I couldn't be sure, and one of the other three would presumably have been his coach. One of the others may have been a shrink but why, in an individual sport, would any cunt want or need as many as that? Fucking ridickleeous if you ask me.

 

Mark Roe was prominent on the putting and chipping greens. His ever-present coffee in hand may have been the attempt of projecting a laid-back personality, and in contrast with his choice of clothes which screamed "look at me". Some achievement though, to find golf apparel in shades of plum and yellow that no-one else was wearing.

 

Coaches who feel that they know it all, who know better than a top golfer should remember that they failed and whilst some have developed specialist knowledge that is transferable to others, it's the others we've come to see, not them. Interesting week.

 

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Golf channel here showing highlights from all the televised lytham opens....forgot just how good Seve was. Tiger, pah!

 

Now, having had a good look my prospects for winning (and with my record I'd avoid betting on any of them!)

 

In no particular order.....

 

Matt Kuchar (rate him as a player)

Graeme McDowell (good US open)

Jonathan Byrd (my "unknown" yank)

Adn for a home bet....

Justin Rose.

 

If my past performance is anything to go by all of them will have the weekend off  :(

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Having got English at 390 on betfair, I took another couple of punts with Thornjorn Olesen and James Morrison. Also stuck a couple of squid on Eliot Saltman at 1000. He was out-driving and out-playing Ogilvy and Adam Scott in practise. The Tuesday and Wednesday are like hitting a punchbag whereas Thursday and Friday, this course will punch back.

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Haven't seen any of it on tv so far, but sounds like our very own Paul Lawrie has had a pretty impressive opening round of 65 and sits one behind the clubhouse leader, Adam Scott.

 

Yup seeems so

 

In Summary

Adam Scott leads on six under

Paul Lawrie & Zach Johnson on five under

Woods, McDowell, B.Watson all three under

Lee Westwood (+3) & Darren Clarke (+6)

Rory McIlroy & Luke Donald under way

 

Looking good: http://scores.theopen.com/en/Leaderboard.aspx

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Sickening end to what should have been a great championship.

 

Unlike the frog in the burn in 99, this was slow drawn out torture.

 

3 putt fae nowhere at 16. Shocking iron at 17 and schoolboy error with drive at 18.

 

Els. Nae happy. Racist pig.

 

:lolabove:

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