The third major of the year is complete and Louis Oosthuizen left little doubt on who the winner would be along the way. Claiming the lead after his 2nd round, Oosthuizen (known as Shrek on The Tour) didn't sit on it, he continued to run with it. His final score of 16-under and 7 stroke margin of victory for the tournament had people drawing comparisons to Tiger Woods US Open win at Pebble Beach in 2000. Woods won by an incredible 15 strokes.
5 Fun Moments at The 2010 Open Championship
5. Rory McIlroy providing us with two exciting rounds. No matter who the player is, if he shoots 63 in a major to lead the event and follows it up with an 80 (yes, a 17 stroke difference), it's interesting. It goes to show you what how tough this course can be depending on weather and Pro Golfers can struggle just like us regular people.
4. The 17th Hole: I don't know if you can call this the most fun hole in golf but from a spectators standpoint, it's pretty cool. You hit a blind tee shot over a hotel and hope it lands in the fairway or short rough. You then contend with the Road Hole Bunker, a shot that no golfer ever wants to hit (except to say they did it once). If they had cameras on this hole alone it would be an interesting event. This hole featured only 16 birdies, 173 bogeys and 68 double bogeys+... How's that for a golf hole!
3. John Daly: I'm annoyed with myself for mentioning him in the my Top 5 but the combination if his pants, history (he won the British Open in 1995), and opening round 66 made him a story. In true Daly like fashion, he managed to shoot the next 3 rounds over par and finish +1. Not bad and certainly not as bad as his pants.
2. Louis Oosthuizen is the Champion: It would be wrong of me on not mention our 27 year old champion from South Africa. Maybe it was karma from the World Cup or maybe it was just his time. He played every round under par and kept it simple. He had only 6 bogeys throughout the tournament. His 20 birdies were spectacular but the most memorable may have been his final round Eagle on the 9th. If you want to win tournaments, you have to be able to putt!
1. Miguel Angel Jimenez's Shot Off The Wall: For those of you who have not seen it, here it is:
We all know these golfers are good but when they do stuff like this (and it works) it gives us a whole new perspective. As you can see in the video, he didn't have a shot at the green because of the wall and decides to hit it off the wall and onto the green, which is key. I've hit the ball of several walls. Unfortunately, the end result is nothing like this. It reminds me of the movie Tin Cup.
He receives the much deserved standing ovation from the gallery who clearly appreciates the effort, creativity and skill.
Notes: I wanted to congratulate my cousin who was crowned champion at his golf outing in Myrtle Beach this past weekend. Nice work but I plan on winning our event at the end of the season!