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(Yahoo)   The Open closes, Harrington wins his second, Shark left circling the drain   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 20
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2008-07-20 01:53:24 PM
He made some great shots to close that deal and Norman has nothing to feel bad about.
 
2008-07-20 02:09:55 PM
Harrington played the last three perfectly
Norman is a total class act
 
2008-07-20 03:30:52 PM
nice
 
2008-07-20 03:32:44 PM
Harrington earned that one. Good jorb paddy
 
2008-07-20 03:48:10 PM
It didn't really matter that Norman choked again (though conditions were poor, and not everyone had a great day, he was significantly worse than previous days)... Harrington was probably not going to lose today.

It's too bad, if Norman HADN'T choked (say, only shot a couple over), it would have been damn close at the end, and we could have possibly seen one of the best finishes in history (Harrington's last few holes, he'd have come back to at least force a playoff, if not win, even if Greg had a good round).
 
2008-07-20 04:01:23 PM
If he had married MY wife instead of Chris Evert, he wouldn't have been nearly so exhausted from all the sex.
 
2008-07-20 04:02:29 PM
miltoncharles: If he had married MY wife instead of Chris Evert, he wouldn't have been nearly so exhausted from all the sex.

Sex?

They ARE married, after all. They're playing tennis, not having sex.
 
2008-07-20 04:07:26 PM
Choke: shooting 78 on Sunday at Augusta in the prime of your career to blow a 6-shot final round lead in The Masters.

Not a choke: Shooting 77 on Sunday at the British at age 53 in brutal conditions when your age simply caught up with you.

Norman had no business even being in contention this week, and caught lightning in a bottle for 3 days to hold the lead. If you saw his swing today, you saw a man who was just worn out and couldn't get out of his own way.

I'm not even a Greg Norman guy, but I'm not going to add this to the list of his infamous chokes. Not to mention the fact that he's worth about $500 million, has a winery and a hottish tennis player wife. He's doing just fine.
 
2008-07-20 04:08:30 PM
miltoncharles: If he had married MY wife instead of Chris Evert, he wouldn't have been nearly so exhausted from all the sex.

I hope she doesnt read FARK or the exhaustion gap might widen!
 
2008-07-20 04:14:03 PM
Norman wasn't exactly making the best decisions out there today. Sort of flew in the face of all the praise people were giving him yesterday in stories about his run.
 
2008-07-20 04:27:33 PM
Yanks_RSJ: he's worth about $500 million, has a winery and a hottish tennis player wife. He's doing just fine.

True that, and the wine is pretty good but a bit overpriced.
 
2008-07-20 04:43:34 PM
merlotguy: True that, and the wine is pretty good but a bit overpriced.

Is it called "Norman's Own"?
 
2008-07-20 04:49:06 PM
Norman played well enough, for a 53-year-old.

Padraig's second shot into 17, to set up his eagle... THAT was the stroke of a multiple major championship winner.

Poulter was steady, deserved his second place. I also liked Wood, the amateur.

And, hey, the Shark got himself an invite to Augusta. Not a bad day, all in all.
 
2008-07-20 05:48:08 PM
That wasn't a choke, just reality setting in..

I hope to see him in Augusta

/wonder if he'll come
 
2008-07-20 06:15:35 PM
Harrington showed some church-bell sized balls with his play at the end. Awesome.
 
2008-07-20 07:15:20 PM
to anyone that is thinking about saying "hey look a 53 year old can finish tied for 3rd" or "you can be a drinker/smoker and still play well" (daly/cabrera/brooks) and then imply golf is just random, and completely lacking in actual talent, and hence is not worthy of consideration in a sporting sense.....

...go ahead. that's your call... NTTAWWT.
anyway, i happen to believe you're wrong.

norman was here as a past champion and on his honeymoon. who the hell knows why he played so well the first 3 rounds. maybe being newly married and with no pressure whatsoever helped. maybe being a filthy-rich uber-mogul (clothes line, course design, international wine business, etc etc) helped reduce the pressure. maybe he just got lucky.

but i was captivated by this story. not only does it make no sense at all that he played so well, but he is THE ultimate hard-luck story in majors. he lost some via meltdowns (masters/faldo), and he lost others by freak shots too.

the bottom line is that T-3 for a 53 year old player that had not really played competitively for years in a regular (not senior) major under intensely difficult conditions is hugely impressive to me. IMHO, he lost the tourneyment in the first 3 holes today. there was a very lame putt and some questionable club choices there. there were also what 3 (?) lip-outs during the round?

fabulously entertaining stuff.

we can argue about his consistent choice to let it rip and scamble, compared to a others playing more conservatively, but even that makes this story all the more compelling to me. he loves his driver. you don't bring your girl to a dance and leave her hanging.

and harrington rips a near perfect 5 wood for eagle to basically seal the deal - while only being
about "50% sure" he would even start the tourneyment due to a wrist injury.

anyone that doesn't find these aspects compelling doesn't know enough about how hard & fickle golf can be.

go ahead and disagree. but if you want to lend some weight to your comment, go ahead and quote your official handicap. making fun of daly is to be expected around here. but fark me this was high theater today, and given the conditions, at least as difficult as any other "sport".

yeah, i called it a sport. sue me. my handicap is, right now, about an 8. i've been as low as 4 and as high as 12 in the last few years.

yours?

congrats to the shark, and padraig (joey harrington's cousin BTW).... for a while i was sure poulter was going to win. and BTW that lanky amateur's performance (wood) was impressive too.

as i said, high theater. cheers
 
2008-07-20 07:33:47 PM
kilgorn: That wasn't a choke, just reality setting in..

I hope to see him in Augusta

/wonder if he'll come


I am pretty sure top five in The Open get a invitation to the Masters
 
2008-07-20 07:39:02 PM
In case anyone missed it, Kenny Perry shot a 268 in Milwaukee, which averages to 4 rounds of 67.

And finished sixth, earning $125,000.

It was won by a Swede.

Can't wait to see if Kenny's got the cojones for Ryder Cup play. Somehow I'm thinking... no.
 
2008-07-20 07:51:16 PM
Hang On Voltaire: I am pretty sure top five in The Open get a invitation to the Masters

i don't know myself - but if true i hope he takes a pass on that.
he'd be leaving as "on top" as could have ever hoped for a week ago by never playing another competitive shot again. it's not like he needs the money or accolades. he's already in the world golf hall of fame and has more money than g-d... what would be the point?
he should consider this the best honeymoon ever and take great pride in what he did.

of course the senior (british) open championship is next week at royal troon. is he entered?

cheers
 
2008-07-21 01:22:23 PM
wjllope: Hang On Voltaire: I am pretty sure top five in The Open get a invitation to the Masters

i don't know myself - but if true i hope he takes a pass on that.
he'd be leaving as "on top" as could have ever hoped for a week ago by never playing another competitive shot again. it's not like he needs the money or accolades. he's already in the world golf hall of fame and has more money than g-d... what would be the point?
he should consider this the best honeymoon ever and take great pride in what he did.

of course the senior (british) open championship is next week at royal troon. is he entered?

cheers


Yes. It's true. He has an invite to the 2009 Masters now. Judy Rankin mentioned this to him at the end of his round and Norman seemed downright befuddled with the prospect of playing in it. Norman also said that one of the few positives of NOT winning the Open was that he wouldn't be under pressure play many tournaments. Norman got lucky with the crazy conditions (and no Tiger) that created probably the most level playing field for a major in over a decade. So I'm not sure that Master's will be on his agenda next year. But you never know.

Oh, and yes, I believe he is in the Senior British Open.
 
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