Sunday, July 18, 2010
By now, a few more people can likely pronounce Louis Oosthuizen's name. Oosthuizen, a native of South Africa and the 54th ranked golfer in the world, ran away with the British Open held at golf's birthplace, Saint Andrews. While Oosthuizen's upset victory makes for a great story, the lack of golf's superstars performing well at golf's biggest events could be damaging the sport in the long run.
After a successful world cup, the South African Oosthuizen won golf's most recognizable event on the birthday of Nelson Mandela. Oosthuizen's victory lacked the drama other golf majors have had in the past due to his dominant performance and wide margin of victory. It will be interesting to see what the ratings for the final day of the tournament show.
With Tiger Woods caught in a funk after his marriage scandel and Phil Mickelson remaining predictably unpredictable, upstarts such as Oosthuizen have as good a chance as ever to steal a major. However, individual sports such as golf and tennis rely heavily on star power to generate interest from both diehard and casual fans. If more golfers such as Oosthuizen and Y.E. Yang continue to win their first major, interest in the sport could be damaged in the long run.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Just moments ago Phil Mickelson won his 3rd green jacket at The Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Phil Mickelson finishes with a 16 under for the round, a 4th place overall in Masters Tournament history. Phil did not lead the Masters after 18 holes, after 36 holes, or after 54 holes but wins the Masters today regardless.
Phil had an incredible shot from out of the woods on hole 13 which landed about 5 feet from the cup. He would birdie 13 and move on. Phil's wife Amy Mickelson has been undergoing treatments for breast cancer and laid down in the hotel room during much of The Masters Tournament. She and their three children were present for the final round today as Phil and Amy had an emotional embrace at the end of the 18th hole celebrating Phil's victory.
Tiger Woods was supposed to be the headline in The Masters tournament as he returned from a long hiatus from the game of golf after his public affairs sent him to the top of every news story in the country. Tiger did not perform up to his own standards this week but he still put up a 4th place showing of 11 under par.
But it was Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy at the finish of the 18th hole that made the story today; a very emotional win for an overjoyed Phil Mickelson.
Congratulations to one of the only left handed golfers on the tour, Phil Mickelson.
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