Golf: 2008 British Open have started
We all know that 2008 Open Championship is one os the most important tournaments in the world, so we are all excited with the 2008 edition, already started. The weather Thursday was perfect, for a British Open that is and it seemed that as many players complained about the course as did about the weather. American Jerry Kelly was particularly critical of the course setup. Without a triple bogey on the 16th however, he may not have been as critical or perhaps if he took an objective look around and saw that Open legend Tom Watson had managed a 4 over par 74 during the worst of the days weather, Kelly might have decided on a more introspective analysis of the days events.
As we know, Tiger's absence was mentioned by a number of golf analysts, but from this living room's perspective his presence probably wouldn't have made much difference, at least not on this stormy first day. The TSN broadcast made a point of showing Tiger Wood's frustration via a number of Tiger tantrums at previous Open Championships that featured less than perfect weather.
In fact, the early bad weather certainly took its toll on some notable contenders with earlier tee times. Yes, the Big Easy, Ernie Els with a +10 round looked more than a bit disappointed on the course and V.J. Sing's 9 bogeys and a double bogey on the first hole could not be a pleasing start for his fans.
The course and conditions are really challenging every aspect of the players game with an extra knock on their concentration. Kenny Perry's decision to skip the Open in order to compile more points for the Ryder Cup may have been a better decision then he realizes. And with his 3 tour victories this year coming during the warmer weather, his older bones might not have tolerated the cold damp conditions of Royal Birkdale that well.
And what of the two players that provided the Open drama last year with an exciting playoff finish? As we can remember, Padraig Harrington has weathered an injured wrist and the weather quite well with a +4 first round and Sergio Garcia is keeping the possibility of the 'Verano de España' alive by gutting out a respectable +2 round just 4 behind the leader.