Monday, July 21, 2008

open and shut case

Brief follow-up to my previous post now it's all over - Harrington won, as (sort of) predicted, and deservedly so - anyone shooting 4 under for the last 6 holes when most of the field were heading in the opposite direction deserves to win, and pretty comfortably in the end, as it turned out.

And as for Norman and Duval?

Well, Norman finished in a tie for third, six shots behind Harrington. It would, I think, be a little harsh to add this to the list of Norman "failures" at major championships, lengthy list though it is. I think it's more to do with not having played in a major since the 2005 Open, and not having been in serious contention in one since finishing third at the 1999 Masters. At 53 he would have been comfortably the oldest man ever to win a major championship, beating Julius Boros, who won the 1968 USPGA at the age of 48.

Duval had an ugly 83 in his third round, which he was commendably upbeat about afterwards, and then shot one of the best rounds of the final day with a 71. So I suppose the jury remains out.

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