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Home from home
You know what it's like when you go on holiday and the first person you bump into on the beach is the bloke from down the street? Keegan Bradley, above, can relate to that. The former PGA champion was out first at Royal Liverpool today with his regular golf buddies Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner. "Come all the way over to Europe and, sure enough, play with Phil and Duf, just like we do all the time," said Bradley.
Money for 'nothing'
Most people were glad to get the third round of the Open done early with no delays. One customer wasn't so chuffed, though. "£75 for five hours golf? I could spend that on playing a round in that amount of time," one disgruntled fan was heard to groan. Yes, but would you have played the back nine like Rory, sir?
Danger! High Voltage!
As 'hazards' go, these are probably more penal than pot bunkers...
Ask a silly question #1
One hack asked Phil Mickelson after his round if you can focus just on majors and be a successful golfer. It got the answer it deserved...
Scoring might have been unusually low this week - certainly compared with recent Open Championships - but there have still been more bogeys than birdies. By the end of the third round, there had been 1,163 birdies as compared with 1,274 bogeys. Eagles? There have been 34 of them. So there.
Ask a silly question #2
Ian Poulter, who missed the cut, tweeted this after his round:
Nobody who works for bunkered, before you ask!
Edoardo Molinari admits he probably won't win the Open this year but isn't especially fussed - not when his career was at risk a year ago. "I wasn't even sure if I could keep on playing golf," admitted the two-time European Tour winner, who has been plagued by wrist injuries. "It will probably never be the same but it's good enough to play and that's fine with me." Respect.
Many people have remarked, particularly this week, about what good physical condition Tom Watson is in for a 64-year-old. His secret? Well, there's not one, really. "I've walked 36 miles this week," said the US Ryder Cup captain. "That's a lot of walking. That keeps you in pretty darn good shape."
Weathering the Open storm
The picture below is taken from the front door of the media centre, just 20 minutes after play was completed for the day...
Looks like the R&A made the right call, on this occasion.
Seventh heaven... or hell?
The hardest hole so far this week, for those who are interested, is the seventh. It has averaged out at .398 of a shot over par, yielding no eagles and just 20 birdies, as compared with 78 bogeys and seven doubles or worse. The easiest? The tenth. It's averaging out at .358 under-par, with 11 eagles and 152 birdies.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
A huge tip of the cap to Bryden Macpherson. The young Aussie took some gentle ribbing from us earlier in the week after carding rounds of 90 and 80 to finish (comfortably) last on 26-over-par. But, as he proved today, it's not the mistakes you make but how you handle them that define a man. Check this out for a classy tweet...
Sponsors and tournament promoters, this is the kind of guy you want to be giving your invites to.
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