Friday, June 17, 2011

Golf: US Open First Day

So with no Tiger Woods in the US open this year the attention turned to the many other top golfers out there. In a way I think it is good that Tiger is not there - it kind of detracts from the other players when all of the media attention is on him. For example, at the Dubai Desert classic Tiger had his own set of marshalls who walked around with ropes following him round the course as everyone wanted to be near him, it was really crazy and in a way ridiculous.

Don't get me wrong, I think Tiger has done a lot for golf and it is good that he gets a lot of media attention because that means that golf itself does to.

Anyway, Rory Mcilroy put in a good show in the first round with an amazing 6 under par, 3 shots ahead of his nearest rival. he didn't really put a foot wrong on the tricky course that was not expected to yield too many under par performances. He will be the first one to admit that he has to hold it together for the whole tournament to actually get a result, particularly after the famous Masters meltdown, but he seems to be a young guy with an old head on his shoulders so is bound to come back from that.

Graeme McDowell, the defending champion at the US Open also put in a solid performance which was what he needed to start off his campaign in a steady way with still a perfectly good chance of taking a second win if he maintains his consistency.

Many commentators have said that it will not be a huge under par score at the end of the US open as the course is so hard, so we will look forward to seeing how the tournament progresses.

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