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Wood Just Misses Out By A Shot

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No it’s not a typo on the topic of Tiger missing the cut by a shot.

If you look closely you’ll observe there’s no “s” in Wood.

In a previous blog I mentioned Derek Lawrenson’s article and the remark by Gary Evans that “…it wouldn't surprise me if one of the less established players ended the drought, like Paul Lawrie did and I almost did.”

And the guy who almost did it was Craig Wood.

The BBC headline reads, “Wood misses out by a shot at Open”.

Ged Scott writes, “But for an expensive bogey at 18, he would have made the play-off - and Wood found it hard to explain.

"I've never hit a nine iron 210 yards in my life," he told BBC Sport. "There's nothing I could have done about it. It went miles.

"It was a little bit of adrenalin and a little bit of a flier.”

Ah such is the joy and strength of youth. Craig is only 21 and you may recall that last year he finished fifth at Royal Birkdale as an amateur.

I do realize Craig would only have made the play-off but what a play-off. Tom Terrfic, Steady Stewart, and Wood the Wannabe. And maybe one day he will do it.

James Lawton writing in The Independent writes, “Tom Watson didn't win this Open but he did make it the greatest ever played.”

Dunno about the greatest ever but it will be up there.

James also mentions Jack’s reaction to the performance of his old foe. “Yesterday, Nicklaus, back home in Florida, watched his great friend and rival with tears in his eyes. Like the rest of the sports world, Nicklaus felt as though he had been carried into a extraordinary time warp. Watson hadn't taken some elixir of youth, but he was, in a competitive sense unquestionably young again, his talent as sharp as it had ever been but tempered now, stunningly, by the force of experience and judgement.”

Geoff Shackelford makes reference to the inevitable inquest into Tiger’s troubles at Turnberry, “Mark James Finishes First In The Blame-Hank Sweepstakes” And links to Steve Elling of CBSSports.

Steve writes, “Former Ryder Cup captain Mark James, appearing on the BBC coverage of the 138th British Open on Saturday morning, gave a lengthy opinion on what the world No. 1 was doing incorrectly with his swing and was bluntly asked if it was time for Woods to consider hiring a new coach. Mind you, Woods hasn't won a major in three tries this year, but had not finished outside the top 10 in a stroke-play tournament in exactly two years.

"If I was Tiger, I'd be having serious words with my coach,"' James said. "I'd be disappointed if I had a [swing] plane like that after all the buildup."

I’ve had more than enough of the Sandy Lyle/Monty saga and don’t think I can handle yet another lengthy online debate about Tiger and his choice of coach.

Gimme a break I’m still trying to get over Tom’s loss at Turnberry.

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