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The Open Championship 2017

Post by sirbenson on Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:40 pm

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by wiretapper on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:05 pm

No I think Poulter could have got a lot more sirb

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:05 pm

Tough few holes for Oosthuisen: double bogey, bogey, triple bogey (on a par 5). Ouch!

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by sirbenson on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:08 pm

Clarke had 38 putts...yikes

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Post by sirbenson on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:10 pm

Really, I think Poulter has certainly made the most of his talent...but I suppose it's all down to opinion

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by JAS on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:18 pm

beninho wrote:Who has played Birkdale then, is it as tough as it seems. Last two winners there had even and +3, I was reading predictions about -10/-12 winning, surely that is unlikely?

Yes, only the once though, top top class track and I got it on a lovely mild November morning that got breezier as the day progressed. It was the day of the 3 priests encounter (remind me to relay the story when the boards are quieter and I'm less busy at work - I still chuckle now when I recall it).

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Post by sirbenson on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:24 pm

Masterclass of iron play from Spieth

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by dynamark on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:26 pm

Super I bow to thy superior knowledge of all things sporting

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by raycastleunited on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:35 pm

sirbenson wrote:
Davie wrote:
wiretapper wrote:Sometimes it takes a scare to remind you it can all be taken away very quickly. Poulter is a talented player, his Ryder Cup exploits confirm that, so it should come as no surprise that he is back challenging again.

In the past he has got caught up too much in being Ian Poulter rather than a talented golfer. His brush with lost status looks to have sharpened his focus considerably.

I'd say that is a very accurate assessment. No I don't think he was (or will be) a total world beater, but as you say he is undoubtedly a very talented golfer. Can he go on and have a better final day than last week (if still in contention on Sunday)? I'm not sure, but he certainly deserves a shot at it. Expect a Hollywood movie to come out of it if he goes on and wins ;-)

Do you both think Poulter may have got as much out of his game as he most possibly can?

Poulter is the Robbie Savage of golf. Maybe not as talented as others but prepared to graft. However, hard work alone only goes so far, he has more talent than he is given credit for.

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by JAS on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:40 pm

Looking at the forecast I'm guessing there will be a suspension of play at some point tomorrow, wind gusting to over 40 will move balls on greens will it not??

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Post by sirbenson on Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:56 pm

I'm sure the wind was 30-40 mph quite a bit at Birkdale in 08...

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Post by raycastleunited on Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:06 pm

beninho wrote:Who has played Birkdale then, is it as tough as it seems. Last two winners there had even and +3, I was reading predictions about -10/-12 winning, surely that is unlikely?

Yes I've played, only the once (last year). Really enjoyed it, and didn't find it too scary, although obviously not playing off the championship tees. It's a par 72 for us mere mortals, 6 and 18 are par 5's. 6 is playing as a 499 par 4 at the Open which is seriously tough even for the pros as the green is well protected and designed as a par 5. 18 on the other hand is quite an easy finishing hole for us amateurs: 475 yard par 5, generally wind assisted, big green. I hit a really poor tee shot on 18, blocked it high to the right, only went 200 yards max and 40 yards off target, but I was able to hit a 3 wood from the championship fairway that finished pretty close to the green and pitch on to give me a decent look at birdie.

There are a few tees which are quite intimidating, eg the 1st played with a strong left to right breeze and oob all down the right, but if you get a decent drive away it was fine after that. I managed to use the same ball all the way round, which was pretty surprising, although I do remember a bit of hunting in the rough. Like all links courses, the weather is the biggest challenge.

What I found hilarious was that Birkdale (and Hoylake too) are quite posh exclusive clubs, but they are all scousers. However posh they may feel they are, to me they sounded like shell suit wearing chavs. laughing

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Post by raycastleunited on Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:08 pm

JAS wrote:Looking at the forecast I'm guessing there will be a suspension of play at some point tomorrow, wind gusting to over 40 will move balls on greens will it not??

If they know it's going to be windy tomorrow then maybe they won't cut the greens. Think they did this at St Andrews a couple of years ago? Most of the greens are sheltered in the dunes, not many are exposed.

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by kwinigolfer on Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:19 pm

raycastleunited wrote:
JAS wrote:Looking at the forecast I'm guessing there will be a suspension of play at some point tomorrow, wind gusting to over 40 will move balls on greens will it not??

If they know it's going to be windy tomorrow then maybe they won't cut the greens. Think they did this at St Andrews a couple of years ago? Most of the greens are sheltered in the dunes, not many are exposed.

If it's wet as well, then the balls are less likely to be affected by the wind, on the greens that is. The golfers putting might be affected more.

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by Shotrock on Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:47 pm

My call for the Rory resurrection looks a tad premature. Early days still ...

Wonderful stuff from Jordan but tomorrow could be a bloodbath if the wind comes up as predicted.

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Post by beninho on Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:55 pm

Surely Rory Mcilroy hasnt become crap at golf overnight, there must be something in the background. Pregnancy/miscarriage other issues. Its a bit strange.

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Post by McLaren on Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:03 pm

Ben

I am not sure Rory has got "crap" overnight but he has declined from his peak over the last 3 years.
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Post by beninho on Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:24 pm

He has having a Poopie at present, and missed 3 out of 4 cuts, by even his declining standards he is playing crap. I dont see how it is just golf related. There must be more in the background or he isnt over his rib injury properly.

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Re: The Open Championship 2017

Post by super_realist on Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:06 pm

McLaren wrote:Ben

I am not sure Rory has got "crap" overnight but he has declined from his peak over the last 3 years.

Certainly not playing as good as three years ago, but is it realistic to expect anyone to keep up crazy levels of form? The 9C, Mickelson, Djokovic, Murray, McIlroy peaks just don't last forever.

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Post by sirbenson on Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:22 pm

Maybe it's a permanent decline for Rory?

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Post by sirbenson on Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:00 pm

The afternoon starters with near perfect conditions

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Post by beninho on Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:45 pm

Great comeback from rory.

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Post by super_realist on Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:38 pm

Elidih Barbour is a bit easier on the eye than Hazel Irvine.

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Post by dynamark on Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:14 pm

Nice one super. I wonder what goes on in your head.
Just seen Hideki Matsus something in a pinstripe waistcoat just back from a night out with Justin Thomas in Blackpool.
Cacking useless putt by McIlroy from a hollow when it was crying out for a lob.Great shot from Day to a few inches.
How much is Sky TV -whilst I'm at work

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Post by I'm never wrong on Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:15 pm

Has anyone used the Open website to look at the scoring? The ET could learn a lot. Fascinating amount of detail. Go to the player stats.....

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Post by I'm never wrong on Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:21 pm

dynamark wrote:How much is Sky TV -whilst I'm at work
I think one sports channel pack is available for around £18 per month. But I think you have to subscribe to the basic Sky package (£22?) as well. I expect there is a one off set up fee as well.

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Post by kwinigolfer on Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:41 pm

I'm never wrong wrote:Has anyone used the Open website to look at the scoring? The ET could learn a lot. Fascinating amount of detail. Go to the player stats.....


Agree 100%

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Post by pedro on Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:29 pm

raycastleunited wrote:
However posh they may feel they are, to me they sounded like shell suit wearing chavs. laughing
When you think about it's shocking the scousers have 3 courses on the Open rota.

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Post by GPB on Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:59 pm

Apparently some intern at Golf Channel (or is it a Sky Sports Graphic) mistook RSA as initial for Russia instead of South Africa

Spoiler:

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Post by kwinigolfer on Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:43 am

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Probably a Senate select committee . . . . . . . .

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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:33 am

I'm never wrong wrote:Has anyone used the Open website to look at the scoring? The ET could learn a lot. Fascinating amount of detail. Go to the player stats.....

So true! The player stats and course stats are very well done! One small complaint is the lack of play by play but the rest is of the highest level!

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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:51 am

Monty is a big miss for Sky imo....does he still work for the golf channel?

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Post by super_realist on Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:43 am

GPB wrote:Apparently some intern at Golf Channel (or is it a Sky Sports Graphic) mistook RSA as initial for Russia instead of South Africa

Spoiler:

I'm surprised they didn't have a Swastika for Germany.

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Post by super_realist on Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:45 am

dynamark wrote:Nice one super. I wonder what goes on in your head.
Just seen Hideki Matsus something in a pinstripe waistcoat just back from a night out with Justin Thomas in Blackpool.
Cacking useless putt by McIlroy from a hollow when it was crying out for a lob.Great shot from Day to a few inches.
How much is Sky TV -whilst I'm at work

Justin Thomas would have looked dapper if he hadn't been wearing a cap. It's like turning up to a job interview in a suit and wearing a cap. A clash of styles which just looks silly.

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Post by wiretapper on Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:49 am

Thomas isn't going to give up his cap sponsor cash. Maybe he could have gone with a bowler?

However with N. Ireland not that far away, perhaps not such a good idea...

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Post by super_realist on Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:56 am

Perhaps a flat cap would have been more apt.
I'm surprised more golfer don't ditch the cap inspite of the money. Most golfers I know don't wear hats and these guys are quick to jettison them in Ryder Cup (well the Europeans anyway)

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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:10 am

I liked the Justin Thomas outfit but yeah it would have been better with an old fashioned hat to go with it

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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:20 am

What do you all think the leading score will be at the end of today? I will go with -7 and it being Spieth

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Post by super_realist on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:33 am

Probably around -7, but hopefully not Spieth.

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Post by super_realist on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:44 am

What happened to Monty? Did he go in a huff because he wasn't allowed to call people racist?



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Post by wiretapper on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:50 am

As much respect as I have for Monty I thought he was a terrible commentator; constantly tripping over his words, every sentence prefixed with an extended uuuhhhh. Maybe someone high up at Sky sports agreed with me.

As for the leading score at the end of the day, I think it might come in. If these are the day's best conditions I don't see many sub 70 rounds out there. Especially with the par 5s with crosswinds today.


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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:57 am

Maybe Monty's contract was up! I don't know maybe Ryder Cup captains only get a contract for a certain amount...hopefully that means McGinley is gone soon

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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:58 am

Good point about the par 5s....does one not run in the opposite direction though?

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Post by wiretapper on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:59 am

Yeah sorry meant crosswinds, edited the post

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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:00 am

That is true! And they made that point...I wasn't educated enough to realise they were crosswinds...

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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:01 am

I'm going for a cut of +3/4

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Post by super_realist on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:07 am

wiretapper wrote:As much respect as I have for Monty I thought he was a terrible commentator; constantly tripping over his words, every sentence prefixed with an extended uuuhhhh. Maybe someone high up at Sky sports agreed with me.

As for the leading score at the end of the day, I think it might come in. If these are the day's best conditions I don't see many sub 70 rounds out there. Especially with the par 5s with crosswinds today.

I meant Monty's Merkin of this Parish.

He called me a racist and then seemed to run away.

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Post by JAS on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:08 am

Cut line currently +1, I'd hazard a guess it'll end up +4. Reckon -4 will lead at the end of today

Speith apparently has a terrible 2nd round record


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Post by wiretapper on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:18 am

Fair enough Super, I've not been here long enough to remember all the regular posters and genuinely thought you meant the real Monty.

As for the cut line I agree around +4 looks likely. A lot of short putts missed so far with the wind already causing havoc.

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:41 am

I missed that wire, I assumed Colin Monty - explains why I didn't "get" it I suppose.

A bit like Monty and Majors. (Colin this time)

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Post by sirbenson on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:49 am

Hadwin has just gone triple, triple

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