Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mickelson and Woods blowing in the wind at British Open?

Will Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods take a back seat to Oosthuizen at this year's British Open?

"I need some luck," said a dejected Phil Mickelson after his second round of the British Open concluded. Disappointed that he wasn't driving the ball very well, a little bit of luck could have meant that he hoped the rest of the crowd didn't fare much better, and they didn't yesterday, with not a single player breaking par after Mickelson left the 18th green.

Tiger Woods, when asked by a journalist yesterday if he was "willing to cut out all those tantrums this week and respect the home of golf?" Tiger responded, "I'm trying to become a better player and a better person, yes."

Yes, Tiger Woods, tantrums and outbursts just won't be tolerated. A calm steely attitude could go a long way at St. Andrews, especially on moving day.

Early this morning, out of the thirty golfers completing the second round, three came out in red numbers, including amateur Jin Jeong (70), Alejandro Canizares (71) and Darren Clarke (70).

And who is this little known South African, Louis Oosthuizen (sounded like 'whisthasen' when he pronounced it), who has totally left the rest of the golfers blowing in the wind? Nicknamed Shrek (because of a headcover he used to use), his full name is Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen and he won the Open de Andalucia in March. He's the 54th-ranked player in the world and is 22nd on the European Tour money list.

We have seen this scenario many times before, when relative unknowns come out of nowhere to win major tournaments, from Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open) to Zach Johnson (2007 Masters)...wouldn't it add an element of surprise if Tiger Woods creeped up the leaderboard and forced Oosthuizen into a playoff?

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