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Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Open Championship - Final Wrap Up

Phil Mickelson went back-to-back in Scotland, picking up a Claret Jug to go with his Scottish Open title last week. Lee Westwood has to be questioning if it will ever be his time. Adam Scott could have locked up his spot in the Hall of Fame if not for a poorly timed four-hole stretch. Oh, and Tiger fell apart.

Here are some impressions from Muirfield:

  • I look at Mickelson differently after this win. Augusta National is built for Phil and he's become a bit of a course horse there. That's not taking away from his three green jackets, but he's had plenty of time to get familiar and game plan. Plenty of guys have won the PGA. Rich Beem, Shaun Micheel, Y.E. Yang...... But winning The Open Championship somehow makes his career feel complete with or without a U.S. Open. It represents that Phil's game travels, he can be patient, and he won on a course that produces the game's legendary champions.
  • Adam Scott fell apart over the last four holes last year, and it was somewhat similar this time around except a bit earlier. The difference was that he he didn't sport a four-stroke lead this time and the collapse happened slightly earlier in the round (13-16).
  • I'd hate to be inside Lee Westwood's head tonight. Perhaps he bounces back and wins the PGA in August much like Phil did this week after his Merion letdown, but I somehow doubt it.
  • Henrik Stenson has three top 3s in The Open Championship. WOW.
  • Ian Poulter likely showed today what he will need to do to win a major. Get hot while nobody is paying attention then hold on once they are onto you and post a number. The weather was just too benign for it to hold up.
  • I'm searching for what Hunter Mahan's back-to-back final-round 75s in the heat of battle in the last two majors reminds me of, but coming up short. Merion was similar to Adam Scott at Royal Lytham actually. 
  • If memory serves, this is the second time Mickelson has won a major after winning the week before. So much for people that say a guy can't go back-to-back. The book is out the window with Lefty anyway.
  • Tiger can't figure the majors out. Today was so predictable, but I still can't bring myself to just write him off when he's that close to the lead. I would imagine his internal clock is feeling about the same pressure guys like Westwood are dealing with. 
  • Mickelson seems so satisfied I wouldn't be surprised if he disappeared from contention the rest of the year. He may not, but I'm not sure where his focus will be. .
That's it for tonight. 

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