15.3 C
Dublin
Saturday, August 8, 2020
- Advertisement -

Open Championship – Top-10 Greatest Hits – #2

Must read

You Give Love a Bad Name*

When passion boils over into anger, there's no excuse for taking your rage out on the golf course. Sadly, that's exactly what happened on the 17th green at North West GC recently

Hazeltine memories highlight the fervour and fanaticism of US supporters

Another year to wait but much to ponder in the interim; a Ryder Cup in America is no place for the fainthearted, be they European players or fans

Fast & Fascinating facts

More tidbits from around the world of golf including the one time Masters champ who not only correctly predicted his win but also his aggregate score

Cursed in Foxford and Puerto Rico

Some curses seem harder to break than others, whether you're a Mayo footballer chasing an All-Ireland title or a Puerto Rico champion sentenced to PGA Tour doom

With this year’s Open Championship denied to golf fans all around the world due to Coronavirus, it may be second best, but looking back at Opens past, and savouring some of the most significant single golf shots – good and bad – to have adorned the world’s most prestigious ‘Major’ in living memory might help ease – if not altogether eradicate – withdrawal symptoms and pangs of ‘Wish I was there,’ syndrome.

Great golf shots come in all shapes and sizes, from prodigious drives to eagle-making or par-saving putts, miraculous escapes from bunkers and bushes, the most audacious when the pressure is on and the chips are down, hence, context is everything.

So here’s a highly-subjective selection of Greatest Hits to remember and some Misses to forget – in the absence of real, live Open golf.

We started with some magic from the Big Easy, Ernie Els at Muirfield in 2002 and moved on to some Tiger Woods gold from Royal Liverpool in 2006. At number 8, we had Gene Sarazen sign off on his Open career with an unforgettable hole-in one while ‘The Duel in the Sun’ sits proudly at number 7.

At number 6, we had a much more recent affair in Jordan Spieth’s ventures down the right of 13 en route to victory at Royal Birkdale in 2017 while at number 5 we had two memorable encounters with the wall on the infamous 17th at St Andrews, the Road Hole.

At number 4 we had smiling Spaniard, Seve raising his fist in glory at St Andrews in 1988 while another Continental European, this time an Italian in Constantino Rocca, took number 3 after pulling off a near miracle with a 50foot Houdini act on the 72nd at St Andrews in 1995.

We’re down to the top-two. Let us know what you think for number one.

 

#2 127th Open Championship, Royal Birkdale, 16th – 19th July 1998

10-years-earlier, also at Royal Birkdale, as with Pádraig Harrington’s chart-topper, context was everything for the 17-year-old South African-born English amateur, Justin Rose, making his Open Championship debut, and, almost defying belief and his callow years, the kid conspicuously dressed in an oversized, unsponsored maroon sweater was still in contention for the title coming down the stretch on Sunday.

Having leaked his second shot off to the left and into wispy, tricky rough, the young Rose was shaken but not stirred; with 120-yards into the pin, a pair of deep, treacherous bunkers to navigate en route and with minimal green to work with on landing, the teenager executed to perfection, flying both in-play sand traps, softly landing his ball which bounced twice before rolling on a laser-like path straight into the hole for an improbable birdie-three on the tough 474-yard finishing hole.

Arms aloft and a smile almost as wide as the fairway he had missed, Rose signed-off with a composed 69 for 282, just two strokes behind champion Mark O’Meara.

As an amateur, there was no prize money for Rose, but the prestigious Silver Medal was his, and that fourth place remained his highest finish to date in the Open Championship for 20 years, until he finished runner-up in 2008.

Rose, by now a ‘Major’ champion in his own right having won the 2013 US Open reflected, “The freedom I had that week, the confidence I had in my short game, the innocence in which I played the game, I think, is kind of still a model.”

New Gear

FIRST LOOK: The all-new Titleist Tour Speed golf ball

Following years of rigorous product development, the introduction of the new Titleist Tour Speed provides golfers with their fastest, best performing golf ball yet

Adidas to unite golfers preparing for Tokyo 2021

The Tokyo Collection – made up of 41 footwear silhouettes across 19 sports, are all purposefully designed in a signal pink colourway to connect athletes without words

Shot Scope unveils V3 performance tracking and GPS watch

The new high-performing unisex V3 watch is sure to fit comfortably on the wrist of any golfer and boasts accurate readings to 30 centimeters

Galvin Green hits the shelves with eye-catching 2020 range

Galvin Green has turned to the ‘Science of Excellence’ for inspiration for its 2020 Part Two clothing range launched this month

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

PGA leader Li sings the praise of early Irish-born coach McLoughlin

Leader Haotong Li was full of praise for a Dubliner's influence on his career but not many other Irish eyes were smiling after frustrating days for McIlroy, Lowry and McDowell

McIlroy & Lowry with it all to do at TPC Harding Park

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry face uphill moving day tasks to ensure they play themselves into contention over the weekend at the PGA Championship

Restrictions for golf in Kildare, Offaly and Laois

Those of you with a game of golf planned this weekend may want to have a look at the latest restrictions, not just for the three counties in question but those outside them too

Sharvin in touch but Dunne & Caldwell cut in England

Cormac Sharvin remains in the hunt for a maiden European Tour title but there’ll be no weekend work for Paul Dunne or Jonathan Caldwell at the inaugural English Championship

Dun Laoghaire & Mullingar take to the fairways in Pink

Dun Laoghaire and Mullingar golf clubs became the latest courses in the country to be showered in flamingo pink in aid of Breast Cancer Research