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Reflecting On This Year’s Open

The 2012 British Open featured some amazing golf, the weather conditions for the first three days really allowed players to fire at pins and post some pretty low scores. There were also some remarkable shots this year. How about the bunker shot that Phil Mickelson hit in the second round, his golf ball looked like a Chevy on a banked oval (Nascar Track), did you find this amusing or did you feel bad for him? Then there was Tiger Wood’s bunker shot on the eighteenth, he plays a cracker and holes it for birdie!! Say what you will, but the major’s are always the most exciting golf tournaments to watch, and the British Open was no exception.

Did you know that you can play courses equally as good as this in Myrtle Beach? Speaking of the Grand Strand, how about Dustin Johnson, he fired a 2 under par 68 in the third round, he played the front nine in two over and then bounced back nicely with an impressive four birdies and five pars on the back nine. If you ever get the chance to play TPC Myrtle Beach (we just got the new, very competitive rates in), you may run into Dustin Johnson, he plays and practices there regularly.

In the final round, the wind finally showed up and this allowed a few players to get back in the mix. Tiger Woods was going along okay until his big mistake out of the bunker on the 6th hole; he makes a mental error and posts a seven, then limps away kind of gingerly? He birdied this hole the first three days then threw it all away with that mistake and ends up even on the hole over four days? So after all, Tiger is human and the old adage that golf is 80% mental rings true once again.

Well now, how about Ernie Els though? I feel bad for Adam Scott but if he could choose who to lose to, chances are he would pick Els. The spoils should always go to the golfer who plays the best final round, and of the leaders, Els definitely played the best golf. I am almost certain that golf fans everywhere would agree that Els is a worthy champion and a real class act. Myrtle Beach favorite, Dustin Johnson ended up with a solid top ten finish at even par and is automatically in the 2013 field at Muirfield. Overall a great Open Championship and the spoils could not have gone to a nicer man.

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