Graeme McDowell is back in Ireland for the Irish Open and is trying to accomplish two things. The first is to shake off the effects of a US Open where he shot +13 over par at Merion, and missed the cut. McDowell had went into the second major of the year as a solid favorite to win. The 33 year-old Ulstermen never got comfortable at Merion. The second is to win The Irish Open at Carton House.
The Irish Open was last won by a Northern Irishman when Fred Daly took the championship in 1946. G-Mac has added this event to his Bucket List, and wants to end the winless streak that has lasted almost 70 years.
The only difference in Ha Neui Kim’s score at The US Women’s Open on Thursday, and that of five-time 2013 LPGA Tour winner Inbee Park’s is one bogey. Kim shot a bogey free -6 under par 66 at The Sebonack Golf Club, and Park made one bogey at the sixth hole en route to carding a 67. The top Americans after one round in Southampton are Lizette Salas who posted a -4 under 68 on Thursday, and Natalie Gulbis who opened with a -2 under 70, and is four strokes back.
Roberto Castro fired a -5 under par 66 in the opening round of the AT&T National which got underway on Thursday. Castro went out in the afternoon at The Congressional Golf Course and took the overnight lead. The Georgia Tech grad, who turned pro in 2007 is looking for his first PGA Tour win at this annual tournament hosted by Tiger Woods. Tiger is taking some time off to let his sore elbow heal ahead of the British Open next month. Woods is at the tournament performing host duties.
They always say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it’s possible that my opinion of the five greatest finishes will probably be different from yours. Phil Oscarson at Bleacher Report has shared his five most exciting finishes in golf with us today. It’s very possible that Oscar isn’t old enough to remember some of the greats from the past. He didn’t include any of the Nicklaus/Trevino battles, and how could he leave out the 1980 US Open?
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