Padraig Harrington came from six shots back going into the final round to have not just one but two shots at winning The Open Championship and finally put away the collapsing Sergio Garcia in the four-hole playoff.
As for Sergio “Bad Breaks” Garcia it makes no difference if his putter is standard length or belly, blade or mallet, right-hand low, left-hand low, whether he dresses like a banana or Ronald McDonald, at the end of the day the biggest determent to the young man’s game resides squarely in the space between his ears.
Finally, congratulations to Joe Ogilvie who beat some other guys and ran away with a four-shot victory in Milwaukee at the U.S. Bank Championship.
This week we have a recap of The Open Championship, the future of golf, and Commissioner Bivens going shopping.
Hole 1: Paddy Wins
Going into Sunday, Padraig Harrington was six shots back and seemingly out of the running, but a final-round 67 combined with a meltdown by Sergio Garcia led him to a four-hole playoff and the first Irishman to win the Claret Jug since 1947. [Link]
Hole 2: Carnoustie Tour
This course is simply amazing. [Link]
Hole 3: Irish Future
Will Rory McIlroy be the next big thing in Europe or the next Justin Rose? [Link]
Hole 4: Skid Row
John Hawkins explores Tiger’s inability to win a major from behind. [Link]
Hole 5: Look at Me!
Starved for attention, Gary Player shoots off at a news conference this week about “knowing” that golfers are using steroids. Of course he provides no proof so in the end, it looks to be nothing more that a publicity grab and to make himself relevant again. [Link]
Hole 6: Mr. Excuses
Sergio has plenty. [Link]
Hole 7: Track Man
Some pretty nifty information was provided on several holes over the weekend by these guys. [Link]
Hole 8: Future of Golf
Jason Sobel compiles a list of the best 25 golfers under the age of 25. [Link]
Hole 9: Good Buy?
Will buying the Duramed Futures Tour provide that “demarcation” moment for Commissioner Bivens? [Link]