Is it just me or was that one of the best Open Championships in recent years? At last we have a European winner and not simply another win by Tiger or an anonymous American, never to repeat his success again. Carnoustie proved to be a fantastic course this time with the final 3 holes just about as tough as they get for tired minds, arms and legs. Somebody mentioned that the course is the only Championship links to feature water so significantly in its final few holes. I know St Andrews has its burn too but i know what they mean. That barry burn is like a snake waiting to bite. Brilliant.
I thought it might be a better play off spectacle for a European to play against an American/Ernie etc but Garcia and Harringtion served up a belting finale. Either would have been a worthy Champ but Harrington just seemed to want it that little bit more; it was his to win and Garcia’s to lose and that’s how it unfolded. The British challenge wasn’t that strong really. I liked Justin Rose’s approach but the rest just seem to be in a comfort zone. I think Faldo may have a point when he says they are too well-rewarded too quickly, too easily. Poulter gets in a strong position and cannot capitalise. Monty’s blows his lid. Donald isn’t tough enough mentally it seems. Casey too. And so on. Never mind as long as one of the other Ryder Cup guys does it, I’m happy. I missed being there these last few days. I love the Open when it’s in Scotland – all that changeable weather is just wonderful. My good friend C was there marshalling. I wish I’d been there to see such a great victory for Harrington. I bet it’s a great night there tonight.