Soggy Sandwich, anyone? Royal
Get them squared away in their requested double or single rooms before piling
St George’s woke up to sideways
rain and reports of a man with a
beard building an ark on the beach.
And it wasn’t Lucas Glover. The 1999
champion Paul Lawrie got drowned
in an 81 and said: “To go out in those
conditions, you’d have to be clini-
cally insane.” It is unclear whether
he was referring to the players or
the spectators, thousands of whom
manned up and took the storm on
their chins. And down the back of
their necks. The 61-year-old Tom
Watson was winner of the Carnage
Open with a 72. That, sadly, left him
at 4-over par and nine shots behind
Proper Open leader Darren Clarke.
“I wouldn’t be sober for a month,”
Clarke said if he won the Claret Jug.
You gotta respect that kind of ath-
letic training routine. “That’s one of
the finest ball-striking
them all into a couple of Suburbans, with clubs and shoes,
cold beverages, and head out to the first tee?
To plan the daily pairings and manage the 4-ball matches,
the singles, Skins every day, even a Ryder Cup if everyone stays healthy. Then
figure the bets, the side plays, post the leaderboard
performances I’ve ever seen,” said
and determine the big winners.
Andy North. It’s becoming a habit for
Northern Irish golfers (see: R McIlroy,
U.S. Open). Math homework: How
many British or Irish golfers are there
in the top 16 on the leaderboard?
Just the one: Clarke. Americans
have failed to win any of the last five
majors. There are 10 in the top 16.
Sunday is a battle between the Cream
of the USA and the Old Geezers of
Europe. It’s Dustin, Rickie, Phil, The
Beard and AK versus The Belly, The
Mechanic and Bjorn Again. American
champion, anyone? l
the receipts and compute who owes whom. Finally, there’s one last cold
one and everyone’s promise to do it again next year, maybe even sooner?
Collect the photos, capture a couple of the late night stories, organize
It takes a genius
What does it take?