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ScouseJohnny last won the day on April 2 2018

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  1. Ah, the rapier wit. Tommy's PGA Tour trophy case looking about as full as Hall of Famer Colin Montgomerie's. For now.
  2. https://www.igfgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IGF-Nationality-Policy-1.pdf
  3. The Golfing Union of Ireland is to Ireland (both north and south) as the USGA is to the US. It existed "before the border" because it predates the 1916 uprising, the founding of the Republic of Ireland, and the partition of Ireland on 3rd May 1921, which, in this context, is meaningless anyway, because it's an amateur golf association for a geographical area, not a political jurisdiction. Your post makes zero sense.
  4. "Britain" is the island of Great Britain - England, Scotland, and Wales. The United Kingdom is the unified nation comprised of 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has its own devolved government (currently suspended) and remains part of the United Kingdom. What to do about the free movement of persons across the Irish border, assuming the UK leaves the EU, is what has tied the Brexit situation in knots, as Northern Ireland is part of the UK, not an independent country, nor is it unified with the Republic of Ireland. This situation may change in the next few years.
  5. If they're watching it on the telly in a pub on the Shankill Road, maybe. What to say? Northern Ireland, it's all a bit confusing. People who are Northern Irish yet Irish, Northern Irish yet British, and people who are Northern Irish, yet Irish and British. It's a minefield. All I can say, having visited there many times (family in Belfast), is people seem far more chilled out about it all than was the case 25 years ago.* *just an English person's opinion looking at Northern Ireland. Only an Northern Irish person can answer your question properly, assuming there even is a definitive answer...
  6. Oh well, Tommy playing for 2nd place on his own now. Fair play to Lowry, it's been a great performance by him. This final round was never edge-of-the-seat stuff, but still very entertaining to watch.
  7. uh? Is this a subtle (or not so subtle) form of irony?
  8. Christ, Tommy, next time just go hiking in the Mourne Mountains if you want to spend a day in the Northern Irish wilderness.
  9. Tommy sitting nicely in the fairway on the first. Bodes well. ...and his second was a beauty.
  10. Not sure which is worse, just watching commercials, or watching the golf on a small square in the upper-left hand corner while the rest of the screen is devoted to the bloke from Oz trying to sell me auto insurance from his imaginary insurance university.
  11. Come on Tommy, make this the one. Good to see him off to a good start.
  12. My passport (for now), says "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" on the cover. In other words, a unitary political jurisdiction, if not a geographic one. The UK Open would sound a bit clunky, but would be technically correct. The British Open has entered the vernacular, I see no particular reason to remove it. The "Open Championship" / "British Open" conversation flares up here periodically, typically each July. It's all a bit...redundant.
  13. That rather proves the point I was trying to make, as opposed to rebutting it. Read the sentence you quoted: it's scarcely universal, effusive praise, is it?. It describes a "decent chance" not a "dead cert." Tommy's a decent golfer, whose talent and form suggest that he may pick up a major soon. I don't think anyone's headed to Vegas to put their house and 401k on him.
  14. Something that wasn't addressed in the original thread is who, exactly, overrates him, in order for him to be "overrated?" I don't think anyone thinks he's the next Tiger or even about to become another Koepka. Given he's English, I don't think anyone is billing him as the next Faldo. He's a very good golfer who is more than a journeyman, often bubbling under in the majors, and may or may not win one soon. Is Fowler overrated? Do Bubba's two Masters wins save him from being overrated? Rory's early career majors prevent him from being labeled overrated. I suspect the criticism that will be leveled at Rory's door when he retires will be underachievement. Tommy may win on Sunday, in which case, to many, unless he wins a lot more, he'll still be overrated. If he finishes second, he's definitely overrated. I don't see this guy being spoken of in the same breath as Seve. That's OK, because I don't think he is. He's a solid player, often up there in the majors (for now), and for him to win one, or even a couple, would be nice to see. He's not overrated (in terms of imagining him winning a major) because, at least for now, he's often in the hunt on Saturday and Sunday.
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