Some thoughts after this British:
1) Congrats to Phil. Never thought he'd win a British and he did. Amazing round
2) Wow....if you thought the attention on Phil at Pinehurst was already going to be big, imagine it now with the career grand slam on the line. He is going to really gear up for it now. He needs that U.S. Open.
3) It's days like this that make me wonder if Lee Westwood is ever going to win a major. I just don't know if it's ever going to happen.
4) We're close to Hideki Matsuyama becoming a major name and player in the game of golf.....and I do mean MAJOR.
5) Hoylake next year will be the complete opposite of Muirfield. Unless gale force winds show up, you'll see complete opposite scores. It's up there with St. Andrew's as the easiest in the rotation.
6) I think the odds of Tiger catching Jack-Jack may be slipping to under 50%. Not sure it's going to happen.
I was really disappointed in Tiger's front 9 iron play today. You can;t win a major chopping out of 4 feet of hay all day. He actually impressed me, though, with his turn around on the back. I thought he was headed for a huge number today the way his mind and game were both so off. I think Tiger's health may keep him from Jack, but he was pretty darn close to taking the Masters (as in, maybe 2 inches when he hit the flagstick for ultimately a 4 stroke swing) and not far off here. If he hasn't won another major by the end of 2014, I'm closing the book on his chances at Jack. I thought by now the Foley years would earn some more major results, but there's still the PGA and he's very close right now. If he stays healthy, he's got another 35-40 legitimate shots at majors. 10% of those and he's got him. I think right now he has clearly reestablished himself as the best in the world over a long period of time. We'll see how long it lasts. I think day by day Rory is proving that the "next Tiger Woods" is most likely some 13 year-old kid right now. He's too darn inconsistent. Tiger and Nicklaus never had such awful spells like this when they were supposedly "in their prime." In their 20s, a bad year was 5 wins and probably 1 major.