Saturday, July 16, 2011
A Final Round Full of Potential
People don't wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning to watch a bunch of golfers they don't care about. That's not what makes the British Open fun. What gets the alarm clocks going is 61-year-old past champions being the low man on the golf course, and a kid dressed in all white rain gear going lower than anyone else.
Sunday will give us all that, plus more. We have Lefty, Dustin, Rickie and Darren. So who to root for? Which is the best storyline?
Personally (and I know my dad is going to hate this), I'm rooting for Darren Clarke. The 42-year-old Northern Irishman (Ed. Note: What the hell are they putting in the Guinness up there? I'm half-expecting McIlroy's dad to contend in the next major.) is just all class, and no bull, and I love everything about him. I love the way he smiles on the golf course, and the fact that he said after the round that winning this would be a "lifetime dream." I like that him and Lucas Glover looked like they were, *gulp*, having fun on the golf course on Saturday. I love that he is just a man, and a man that doesn't try to be something else. Golfers are who they are, and although I don't mind going to the gym and think people should do whatever they want, it's nice to see a guy not mold into the Tiger cookie cutter.
And if isn't Darren, it can gladly be Dustin Johnson. The 27-year-old American posted a 68 on Saturday, and will be in the final group for the third time in his last five majors. He's due for a win, and maybe he can shake off this cold and past memories and just go out and do what seems to be natural to him.
But Rickie Fowler is there as well. He played some beautiful golf during some of the toughest conditions of the day, and is right there three shots back. If he wins, it would be our mate to the European's check of young studs.
I just love the whole leaderboard. I love Glover's mentality, enjoy Miguel Angel Jimenez's grace, appreciate the fighting effort of Phil Mickelson. I'd cheer for Anthony Kim, applaud Thomas Bjorn, and smile for Davis Love III.
It's going to be an exciting finish. Don't forget to set that alarm.