- Open Championship: Plays of the Day
Lee's lame fistpump; some classic Scottish pessimism
We hate to start on a negative note, but it seems difficult to agree with Lee Westwood's assertions as he leads going into the final round of the Open.
The Englishman, when asked about his nerves ahead of Sunday, had this to say:
"I know what to do tomorrow. I know what to expect. I know what it takes."
Considering you have been in the final group at a major more than once and yet are still to win one, we find it hard to agree that you "know what it takes", Lee.
(But we hope that changes tomorrow).
While we're dumb
In the US, the USGA has a slow play initiative called 'While We're Young', an attempt to persuade golfers of all ages and creeds to play faster while out on the course.
On Saturday, Hideki Matsuyama was penalised a shot for slow play (after taking over two minutes on one shot), meaning that the last two players to be punished for slow play at major championships were 14 (Guan Tianlang at the Masters) and 21 respectively.
Rules officials are obviously taking the 'While We're Young' thing quite literally.
Sealed with a fist-pump
No, not from Tiger Woods - but Lee Westwood, after a lovely eagle at the par-five fifth that lifted him to the top of the leaderboard.
Not that the world No. 1 should feel threatened by the quality of the fistpump. Not the best, Lee, if we're honest. (Crikey, for a leader at the Open, we're being awful critical).
Anything I can do, I can do better
On Friday, Charl Schwartzel earned his place in this prestigious (cough, cough) column with his efforts in driving through the 376-yard 12th. On Saturday, the South African stepped it up a notch, driving it on at the 448-yard 15th.
Are there any bigger par-fours for the former Masters champion to take a shy at on Sunday?!
Hardly inspiring confidence
Waiting on the first tee, Martin Laird was overheard asking his caddie, ""Have we got enough balls?" Hardly encouraging stuff, especially considering the Scot started the day just two shots off the lead.
By the third that had all changed, however - Laird making a quintuple bogey after burying his third shot in the right rough. Almost unplayable, he made one hack at the ball - moving it a few inches, but rendering it actually unplayable in the process. A drop, chip to the back of the green and three putts later, and he was suddenly six off the pace. But at least he hadn't lost a ball...
The Scot eventually shot 81. Never mind not having enough balls, it was taking too many shots that was his problem.