Feeling a bit philosophical this morning as I look through some of the web sites with photos of the practice rounds for The Open. As I did, I reflected a bit on the good fortune our colleagues Mr. Holley and Mr. Higley had at playing in Scotland at St. Andrews recently, and it had me pondering....
This is now the 3rd Major of the year, and when concluded it puts most folks around the country closer to the end of their golf season than to the beginning. Never a good thought. This Open is literally 'wide open," with as many as 10-15 players with legitimate shots at a victory. Will another international player win? Wii the Euro's continue on their streak (Wimbeldon and the US Open) and snag another? Can an American break through and pick up a Major? Can TW shake his major funk and win, or perhaps Phil going back to back over the pond. Once again, there will be great theater made more compelling by some of the most beautifully natural terrains turned into a golfing facility. Always a hallmark of an Open Championship.
What makes The Open Championships special each year for me is that the courses have stood tall against the march of time and technology. Unlike US courses, these European courses have a completely naturalness, set against the sea, and always protected by an ever watchful Mother Nature. Will she be kind this year, or will she once again go on the offensive as she did last time the event was held at Muirfield. We will know soon.
The of course there are the side stories; Tom Watson still plugging away and contending in his 60's, Nich Faldo coming out of retirement to once again challenge at Muirfield, and all the other golfers trying to prepare for what unexpected foils come their way "on the ground." Yes, as FJ asked us this week, the tournaments in Europe are played on the ground and not in the air. What bounces will confound and torment the players.
I love The Open each year, because it is always filled with drama and surprises at every turn. I'll need to be in front of my TV at 2:00am here on the west coast to see the action, but will gladly do so in anticipation of seeing a great champion emerge. My heart wants to see Phil snag this one in his professional twilight, and I hope this is his year.