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No names winning everything

What on earth has happened to our marquee pro golfers?

July 18, 2010
Salem News

Louis Oosthuizen, who will be referred to as, "Louie" for the rest of this column, because frankly spelling that name multiple times is just asking for a typo, rode a Scottish breeze and flew back to South Africa the 2010 British Open champion.

He was so far ahead by the final day and the field was so busy spiking itself there wasn't even any pressure. He won by seven shots over Lee Westwood. Louie was 10 shots ahead of any American in the field and was 13 shots better than Tiger. The biggest American splash came not from any U.S. player but from John Daly's flag pants on Sunday. Only Daly could've trumped his own mullet and Reebok sweatshirt look from 1995. Can you imagine the pics had he won? To quote the character Rex, owner of Rex Kwan Do, from the movie Napolean Dynamite who had a pair just like them, "You think anyone wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I'm wearing these bad boys? Forget about it." Anything worth doing is worth doing is worth doing right, I suppose.

What started as an Open full of story-lines and promise ended duller than a win by Lucas Glover. Rory McIlroy spiked himself in the second round with an 80. John Daly quickly backtracked with rounds of 76-74-73 after his opening round 66. Tiger Woods switched putters and looked like me from 5-feet out most of the time. It took two holes Saturday for Phil Mickelson to finish about where he always does in Open Championships. 50-year-old Mark Calcavecchia was at 5-under for all of two seconds before closing 77-80. Watson? MC. Faldo? MC. Furyk? MC, Duval? MC. Mahan? MC. Harrington? MC.

We're all spoiled as viewers because we've seen Tiger do incredible things. We've seen Phil in the same manner. Heck, we saw Tom Watson do it at 59 years old last year. We've seen guys like Daly and Duval come back from the dead numerous times even for only a brief moment and we get all excited only to be let down. We want to see the big names win. We want the crazy characters and fan favorites in our final pairings on Sunday. We want guys we know to win. Look at anyone's short list or office pool, not just in golf, but in any sport and see who they pick. I'm sure nobody had Louie. His family probably didn't even pick him. Alright, that's harsh. The guy does have serious game, but you get the point.

Really, I mean no disrespect to the guy, but we're getting to a point in golf where we're seeing a lot of one and dones. Where did Trevor Immelman go? Angel Cabrera did a two and done. Graeme McDowell we'll have to wait and see. Glover isn't exactly lighting the world on fire, either. It takes a lot to win any golf tournament, let alone a major. But it seems the guys that we thought were so dialed in all of the time, and the guys who show us a glimpse of old, aren't doing what made them household names in the first place. If it stays this way, look for the names on golf's biggest trophies to keep getting more and more obscure.

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