Saturday, 16 July 2011

World's Top 2 Golfers Miss the Cut

I continue from my previous posting, bemoaning the fact that we Brits (or should I say British TV companies) are desperate to see home grown winners of our major home sporting events.

Last week we saw the Formula One, British Grand Prix being won by Spaniard Fernando Alonso and not even a Brit on the podium. 

This week it is the Open Golf championship at Royal St Georges and the so-called World Nos. 1 and 2, who are both British (Stand up Messrs Donald and Westwood), missing the cut at the halfway stage.

World No.1 Luke Donald
It does beg the question, how can somebody achieve a top 2 ranking without never winning one of the major tournaments? I know the rankings are devised from tour event finishes over a period of time, but surely a major outranks these events and should carry more clout in the calculations? Therefore it would not only show the talent and recent form of a player, but also how well he/she handles a pressure situation.

As I write, the Open is half way through its 72 holes and the lead is currently shared by American Lucas Glover, who won the US Open in 2009 and Darren Clarke from Northern Ireland, which is fast becoming the hot bed of golf with current US Open Champion Rory McIlroy and his predecessor Graeme McDowell both hailing from the principality.

Lucas Glover
With torrential rain and the possibility of thunderstorms expected for the rest of the weekend, it will prove that the weather is a great leveller and that anybody could come through to win. 

One last thought: When Lucas Glover won his major back in 2009, the weather was very similar. 

We will see how it all pans out on Sunday afternoon/evening (weather permitting).

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