Wednesday, July 20, 2005

British Open Review

The recently completed British Open will be remembered for two things: the retirement of Jack Nicklaus from major championship golf and Tiger Woods' dominance at St. Andrews.

When a major championship course has a few par fours that can be driven, par fives that can be reached in two, and tons of room to drive the ball, Tiger Woods will win most of the time. Add in great weather, a rarity at British Opens, and Woods is virtually unstoppable. He will be a prohibitive favorite to win the 2010 Open when it returns to St. Andrews.

Let's see how my predictions turned out. Actual finishes are in parenthesis.

Tim Clark: predicted top 30 (T23)
Fred Couples: predicted top 20 (T3)
Darren Clarke: predicted top 10 (T15)
Sergio Garcia: predicted top 10 (T5)
Vijay Singh: predicted top 20 (T5)
Retief Goosen: predicted top 20 (T5)
Phil Mickelson: predicted top 15 (T60)
Ernie Els: predicted top 10 (T34)
Tiger Woods: predicted win (won)

Overall, I did very well with my predictions with six of nine in the range I predicted, plus one slight miss, one moderate miss, and one bad miss. After my results with the OSCARS, the US Open, and the British Open, perhaps I should start doing this for money again.


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