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Post by sirbenson on Sun 10 Jul 2016, 1:44 pm

First topic message reminder :

Congratulations to Henrik Stenson!


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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 8:49 am

Justin Thomas had birdied his first three holes and a shot yet to be shown of him!

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Post by Davie on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 8:52 am

sirbenson wrote:Justin Thomas had birdied his first three holes and a shot yet to be shown of him!

First four now!

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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:05 am

The new Ivor Robson needs a bit of work.

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:08 am

super_realist wrote:The new Ivor Robson needs a bit of work.

Indeed, hard to replace such an iconic voice!

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:09 am

https://twitter.com/pcaseysafc/status/753500767156310016

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Post by beninho on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:17 am

I love watching a course I have played. Even got a birdie, though cannot remember which hole! It was a while ago.

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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:21 am

Good to see Rev Gordon Spieth off to a nervous start. Doesn't look confident at all.

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Post by McLaren on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:30 am

Anyone understand taking iron from the tee on the short downwind par 4's? Seems overly cautious.

Although Willett just hit driver on the 1st.
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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:32 am

Mac, it's only 352 to the green, taking irons takes the fairway bunkers on the left out of play and leaves a full wedge into the green. Common sense really, and the number of birdies thus far seems to suggest it's a good idea, you don't want to start off with having to get up and down out of a bunker from the fairway.

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Post by McLaren on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:43 am

Super

In those conditions I could almost drive the greens.
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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:46 am

No you couldn't Mac. You've already said you don't  hit it 250, it's not windy enough to add another 100.
We've just seen Willett making 4 from nearly driving the green, Pubehead goes deep in rough, hits second into bunker, Rev Watson deep in rough.

It's called course management.  Distance is not always the best thing you can do if there's danger.

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Post by McLaren on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:50 am

Super

Do you reckon Thomas will shoot 254?


You forgot to mention Willett, gerry and Matsuyama had easy birdie butts after taking driver.
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Post by McLaren on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:52 am

PS, have you stayed at home today to watch the action?
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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:53 am

Yes, they did, but that doesn't negate that there has been more birdies made by taking iron off the tee than with driver.

If you don't understand the benefit of course management, you're just a luddite plank.

I bet you're the sort of hacker that just hits driver all the time.

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Post by beninho on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:59 am

If they are hitting irons and wedge into the green, then why would you risk anything else, on the first hole of the entire week. If your playing 18 holes for fun, smack driver, if your playing for £1million think about what you do.

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:01 am

The back nine is brutal by the look of things even only with a small wind!

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:02 am

Gregory, Lyle, Duval played the 11th hole in 11 over (two 7's and a 9)

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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:03 am

What on earth is Lyle doing in this? Give it up man.

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Post by McLaren on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:04 am

Adverts and McGinley making the Open unwatchable, might go do some work instead. So sad to see the Open broadcast in this manner. :(
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Post by beninho on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:06 am

so anyone not well under par through the front 9, will have to cling on coming back.

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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:06 am

You, work? Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh

Someone has to clean those toilets.

I'm finding Harmon pretty hard on the ears.

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Post by beninho on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:09 am

Claude Harmon is pretty good, Butch not so much.

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Post by raycastleunited on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:10 am

super_realist wrote:Yes, they did, but that doesn't negate that there has been more birdies made by taking iron off the tee than with driver.

If you don't understand the benefit of course management, you're just a luddite plank.

I bet you're the sort of hacker that just hits driver all the time.

Super, you're forgetting that mac only plays golf on xbox, which is much easier.

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:13 am

I have to say the coverage from Sky has been incredible, fantastic par from Paddy on the 7th after hitting his tee shot into the gorse!

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:21 am

Harrington making a mess of the 8th jeez

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Post by I'm never wrong on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:24 am

Been out for a bit, just come in to see the tee shots of the McIlroy group. Sky did a picture in picture thing where you get an overview of the hole with a live pro tracer of each drive. Like that.

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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:27 am

It needs Peter Allis and Ken Brown though. Lacking any humour.

Justin Thomas' cat must have died. Looks like he's wearing culottes.

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Post by raycastleunited on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:28 am

According to the Open website, Luke Donald is currently ranked no 2 in driving distance and no 1 in fairways hit. Can't see him occupying such lofty spots by the end of the day!

Thought Kwini might appreciate this as a long time observer of his short and crooked driving.

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Post by beninho on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:29 am

all these early birdies, but all gradually coming back to par. I dont think there will be many better than -3/-4 by end of the day.

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:31 am

raycastleunited wrote:According to the Open website, Luke Donald is currently ranked no 2 in driving distance and no 1 in fairways hit. Can't see him occupying such lofty spots by the end of the day!

Thought Kwini might appreciate this as a long time observer of his short and crooked driving.

I maybe wrong but I think Driving Distance only calculated on 3/4 holes for the actual average in the stats!

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Post by McLaren on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:34 am

super_realist wrote:Justin Thomas' cat must have died. Looks like he's wearing culottes.

Don't get this?
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Post by Roller_Coaster on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:38 am

McLaren wrote:
super_realist wrote:Justin Thomas' cat must have died. Looks like he's wearing culottes.

Don't get this?
Moi aussi, I'm afraid. Uh?


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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:38 am

Great start from Bubba!

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:40 am

Culottes = Half mast based observation?

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Post by kwinigolfer on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:40 am

Suppose it's inevitable that, if Luke hits it straight, ray, his irons let him down . . . . . . only 50% gir.

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:42 am

So far the 11th is playing more than a shot over par!

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Post by I'm never wrong on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:55 am

Monty round in par. Back nine +3

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:02 am

Amazing how quickly Monty's group played, is that down to the green speeds as well?

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:04 am

Monty needed a wee for the back 6 and just kept harrying the others.

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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:04 am

Roller_Coaster wrote:
McLaren wrote:
super_realist wrote:Justin Thomas' cat must have died. Looks like he's wearing culottes.

Don't get this?
Moi aussi, I'm afraid. Uh?

His trousers are at half mast.

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Post by beninho on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:15 am

Bubba on fire. will his big banana shots cope when the wind gets up though!

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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:21 am

I wish he was on fire, literally.

Rev Spieth putting like a hacker.

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Post by kwinigolfer on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:39 am

Looks like Bubba took a licking at the Postage Stamp.

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Post by I'm never wrong on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:52 am

Hole in one for Louis!

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:56 am

Lyle, Gregory, Duval a combined +30 over for the back nine!

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Post by sirbenson on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 12:13 pm

sirbenson wrote:Lyle, Gregory, Duval a combined +30 over for the back nine!

Should invites for Lyle or Duval stop after say 10 years or is it merited to get why they get?

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Post by super_realist on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 12:13 pm

Sky seem to adopt a poor strategy of only featuring certain players, similar to the wretched PGA coverage in that respect. Robert Rock is soaring up the leaderboard and we haven't seen him yet. Very poor.

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Post by beninho on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 12:44 pm

WIll Justin Thomas be first round leader?

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Post by kwinigolfer on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 12:48 pm

Looks like a torrid forecast for Friday afternoon, wet and windy.

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Post by kwinigolfer on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 12:49 pm

Any word yet on Chris Wood's participation?

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