The British Open is the the oldest Major on the PGA Tour and with two ugly Americans in striking distance of taking down The Open in Scotland this could be some great theater come Sunday. John Daly has only won one PGA golf tournament since he won the British Open in 1995 at Saint Andrews and Tiger Woods has won the the last two British Opens held on the hallowed grounds of one of the most beloved golf courses in the world.
Why is Saint Andrews a Great Course for Tiger and Daly for British Open?
Why is Saint Andrews such a great course for two bombers like John Daly and Tiger Woods? It is simple math why these two are so great on this course. They are both recovery artists. At Saint Andrews, precision is not always the prevailing course of action. Saint Andrews can be a very forgiving course to a player that takes chances. This suits both Tiger Woods and John Daly perfectly.
Saint Andrews is one course where a bad shot will not destroy a players day. This makes a big hitter such as Daly, Woods or Phil Mickelson a threat on a course as wide open as Saint Andrews. All of this being said, Saint Andrews has a history of horrible weather, especially for the British Open. Late on day one of the British Open, the sky opened up and washed away one of the favorites to beat Saint Andrews, Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson Suffers Bad Luck of the Draw in 2010 British Open
While 45 golfers before him went out and had their way with a defenseless Saint Andrews course, scoring in the 60’s and 73 golfers broke par, Mickelson had to face Saint Andrews at it’s worst possible time. Mickelson’s first birdie came on the last hole of his first round of the British Open. Mickelson’s score, a 73.
UNLV graduate, Ryan Moore suffered through a late round also. Moore was an early favorite to do some damage in the British Open and his first round of 70, against the backdrop of so many spectacular rounds will make him and Mickelson both press on day two of the British Open.
Is it Too Much to Ask for a Classic Showdown Between John Daly and Tiger Woods?
With nothing going on this week in the world of sports, (ESPY’s are lame & so is the MLB All-Star Game) the British Open could be the biggest event of the 2010 summer. If Tiger Woods and John Daly can avoid melting down for the next three days, this could be a Sunday to rival any NFL weekend in 2010.
With Tiger Woods, the odds on favorite and John Daly the lovable mess as a huge long shot, how could anyone resist tuning in on Sunday to watch two Americans go for the prestigious British Open title and the vaunted Claret Jug. To watch these two men escape their demons for 18 holes of golf, on one of the most incredible playgrounds for professional golfers in the world, would be cleansing for all of golf.
Once and for all the line would be drawn. No matter who is swinging the club, golf in it’s purest form is still beautiful. With Daly and Tiger battling for the British Open title, time would stop, golf fans and just casual fans would stop to watch. For 18 holes on Sunday, golfers could have their game back. TMZ and the Enquirer would have to take a back seat, as golf fans and sports fans everywhere, could just watch and enjoy the beautiful game of golf.
Associated Press: Rory McIlroy Sizzles with 63 in 1st Rounds of British Open.