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By:
Total Bosman
When: 21 Jul 19 18:50
Not from what I can see.
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1st time poster
When: 21 Jul 19 19:10
the looney tim barter and sky say its just a matter of time for tommy to win a major
rory,tiger,dusty,rose,kopkea,raahm,speith,thomas etc all bomb out and he gets beat by 6 Sad
By:
1st time poster
When: 21 Jul 19 19:12
think he played last 2 rounds with westy and shane went from 3 behind to 4 behind and 6 behind,their not exactly indimidating to play alongside
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geordie1956
When: 21 Jul 19 21:10
Tommy is another like Westwood who plays well tee to green (usually) but can't putt for dough when pressure applied in the biggies ... I hope he wins at least 1 major but better players than him haven't ... top opportunities only come around a few times in your career ... this was one of them
Perhaps Lowry was destined to win this week but Fleetwood had opportunities early doors to close the gap but couldn't do so
By:
rommel
When: 21 Jul 19 21:46
shoot this down if you like,dont think tommy wants to win a biggie,he might think itll change his life-not for the better,doesnt really want that glare of superstardom....
By:
Vubiant
When: 22 Jul 19 11:02
Of course the  tournament has to be judged on the whole 72 holes and Shane  unquestionably played the best golf most consistently . Looking at how the last round unfolded however, I think Tommy's miss on the first was the pivotal moment . If he had halved Shane's lead in one fell swoop -the psychological effect on both players would have been massive. It was like  Rory's miss for an eagle at the 2nd against Patrick Reed in the 2018 Masters which would have wiped out Reed's lead . In both cases a shot gained felt like a shot lost and vice versa.
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SontaranStratagem
When: 22 Jul 19 12:29
The most boring weekend of a major ever, anticlimactic to say the least

The media can try and sell it as something it wasn't but it was boring yesterday lets be honest

Its time they started making these courses hard, make them worthy of hosting a major, winning scores of -16 is getting rather tiresome, what happened to +2 being the winning score? where they have to grind and grind and grind just to finish on that total? these guys are being called the "greatest batch ever" its a f***ing joke in my opinion. when the courses are set up that easy its no wonder they are breaking records ffs
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stephaniebot
When: 22 Jul 19 15:35
The equipment plays a part in that, to be fair. When average driving distance has gone from 270 yards, to 320 yards, courses just cant keep up. I know it was downhill, but when a 385 yards length hole is driveable by so many...? How long would a Par 5 need to be nowadays to be a genuine 3 stroke hole, to reach the green, with modern equipment?
Do all that, and for the other 51 weeks of the year, your average golfer would find course impossible
By:
----you-have-to-laugh---
When: 22 Jul 19 16:58
yeah just change the par

make it par 67 and lowry has won at level par, with 6 over second.

everybody happy

Crazy


course was brilliant yesterday and all week, nice to see such great golf, and if folk
watching failed to see it was a bit of a struggle on sunday then ...hey ho
By:
sewter lives again
When: 22 Jul 19 17:18
I agree, it was anti climatic, but that wasn't the fault of the course it was down to the complete brilliance of Shane Lowry. He simply handled the conditions considerably better than anyone else.

Lowry also had early/late tee times on first 2 days and that was considered by many to be the more difficult side of the draw
By:
crystalhunt
When: 22 Jul 19 17:52
SontaranStratagem    22 Jul 19 12:29 
The most boring weekend of a major ever, anticlimactic to say the least

The media can try and sell it as something it wasn't but it was boring yesterday lets be honest

Its time they started making these courses hard, make them worthy of hosting a major, winning scores of -16 is getting rather tiresome, what happened to +2 being the winning score? where they have to grind and grind and grind just to finish on that total? these guys are being called the "greatest batch ever" its a f***ing joke in my opinion. when the courses are set up that easy its no wonder they are breaking records ffs

With due respect Sontar, Portrush is one of the best tests of golf ever for an open - the reason for the decent scores was that the wind and rain didn't come until the second half of the final round when it really showed it's teeth. Only four players in the top 15 were under par and none of the top 5 in the final round. With less benign conditions next time, Portrush will be a beast.
By:
Total Bosman
When: 22 Jul 19 18:09
I think that barring extreme conditions (either very high winds or a completely baked out course) the days of over par majors are all but gone.  It's not just the equipment but also the fact that more and more of them are gym rats not just bombing it but hacking it out of any length of rough with relative ease.  Used to be the USGA or whoever could make a course super-long and the rough mega-thick and keep the scores down to par or worse but these days if you do that, you just end up with Brooks Koepka holding your trophy on about 10 under.

I also wonder if climate change is starting to bite a bit, particularly for the US majors.  Firm and fast with rock hard greens is the way to control the scores but it feels like everywhere they turn up to has had about a week of rain in advance, which again plays to the bomb and wedge crowd.
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