Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by MichaelWinicki, Jul 21, 2013.
Congrats to Lefty!
What an amazing final round.
Tiger had a great opportunity and couldn't convert.
Phil did what Phil always does, but this time it worked to perfection.
That's a great way of describing it.
Any major Eldrick doesn't win is a good one.
He had a good shot today.
If he doesn't get the 19 majors he's looking for he can look back at ones like this and think, "It was right there for the taking".
He looked less bulked up to me, wonder if he's trying to slim down.
What? He usually collapses in the final round.
Was real happy to see an American win the open and Phil was just the icing on the top. I have been a big fan of his for a long time. Coming back after starting 5 strokes down and to come on the way he did on the back 9 was great to see. Thanks you Phil for making it an enjoyable day of watching the Open.
Hell of a 3 wood to clear the bunkers on 17 on his 2nd shot on the par 5.
Anyone who shoots the best round of the week on Sunday to win is a worthy champion.
Can't be many people who have four putted in a major and still won the tournament.
He joins a list of great champions who have won at Muirfield since WWII.
1948 Henry Cotton, 3 major wins (His career was badly interrupted by WWII)
1959 Gary Player, 9 major wins
1966 Jack Nicklaus, 18 major wins
1972 Lee Trevino, 6 major wins
1980 Tom Watson, 8 major wins
1987&92 Nick Faldo, 6 major wins
2002 Ernie Els, 4 major wins
2013 Phil Mickelson, 5 major wins
what do you not understand?
I just meant that a great final round is not what he always does.
I was referring to the fact that he hit the same shots that would have made him look stupid for trying but this time they worked.
Ohhh, gotcha. My bad.
I'm being completely serious when I say this:
If he wants to get back to being the player he was 5+ years ago, he should probably go back to behaving as he did back then. In other words, yes, he should go back to womanizing.
He is never going to be that player again. He is still darn good. He will probably still win another major or two, but he can't achieve that completely dominant level he did before.
You may be right but I think Tiger is still a very driven person and will do what he has to do to achive his goals. We are talking about a player who has won 4 times this year and given the fact the only events he plays in are the top events with vs top players I think he can still get it done. For most players on the tour if they won 4 times within the season they would be considered dominate.
It's unfair to compare him to how he played in 2000 or 2007, but fact is that not only is he the #1 ranked golfer in the world but he is #1 by a lot. He's won what? 4 tournaments so far this year? I don't think anyone else has won more than 2. He is far and away the most dominant golfer on the tour. In fact, if you take away the majors, he has won 4 of 7 tournaments this year. But there's just something about the majors where he loses that edge he used to be so famous for.
I agree. And fact is the 4 he won were big events not some New Orleans open or one of the small tour events these were places like Doral, Bay Hill, Torrey Pines and the Memorial where all the top players were involved. Should Tiger win the last Major of the year the PGA Championship that would give him 5 wins and a major for the year. Should he be able to pull it off not sure how anyone could claim he was not still a dominate player?
Didn't claim he wasn't dominate. Just that he isn't as completely dominant as he used to be. Several years ago he not only won tournaments and majors, he obliterated the field. He scared the piss out of the other players. It is all relative. I've already said he is still darn good, but he isn't at the level he once was and probably won't be again.