COMPLETE BRITISH OPEN NOTES PACKAGE
Open champion Ernie Els
Mike Purkey On Ernie Els
Deep Six: Tiger’s Undoing
Asian Edge At U.S. Juniors
Right Place, Right
Time, Right Guy
Tiger Woods chose to navigate Royal
Lytham. It was a strategy too conservative.
It eventually capsized him.
Adam Scott’s plan was to attack. And it
worked. Until he stopped doing so. That’s
when his nerves attacked back.
Ernie Els, impossible to dislike, waited all
week for the right spot to hit the right shot.
And late on a balmy English Sunday that
moment arrived in the form of a glorious
birdie putt on the 72nd hole that would turn
out to win him a second Open Championship.
With apologies to Wilde there was, after
all, something to be said at the end of the
week for the importance of being Ernie. With
apologies to McCartney, it had been a long
and winding road for the man who answers
to “The Big Easy” to whom nothing had come
easily on the course for the better or worse
part of a decade.
Ernie’s Journey, indeed.
Even better, he saved the event from
itself. Meaning by that, the properly
miserable weather we have come to know
and love from the British Open never
arrived. Soft greens, windless mornings
and precious little rain kept us from
enjoying watching the best players in the
world suffer. One wag tweeted that “Lytham
without wind is more like Lithium.”
Scott bogeyed the last four holes Sunday to
lose by a shot. Woods needed seven blows on
the par- 4 sixth and never threatened thereafter.
So Ernie Els is now “The Champion Golfer
of the Year.”