DEREK LAWRENSON: My Sandwich highs and lows… the fans make The Open special

DEREK LAWRENSON: My Sandwich highs and lows… the fans make The Open special, but you can’t design a city less suited to host the tournament… and Phil Mickelson should have talked to the media

  • It was fantastic to have fans there and the weather was great most of the time
  • The town of Sandwich is not the best place to hold such an important tournament
  • Phil Mickelson’s lack of appearance in the media center was rather unusual

The 149th Open Championship was very entertaining, with Collin Morikawa having the upper hand.

There were plenty of positives to events at Royal St George’s, but there were also some negatives to consider.

Sportsmails golf correspondent Derek Lawrenson lists his competitive highs and lows.

There were positives to events at Royal St George’s, but there were also some negatives?

THE HEIGHTS

the fans

Count the ways they make The Open special. Of course they have their favorites – Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose are the top five – but there is something to cherish about all 156 players who get their due just because they are good enough to be the first. tee to get.

The fans make The Open special in many ways and give great support to all players

The fans make The Open special in many ways and give great support to all players

The 11th hole

I love finding a long par three played against the wind because it tells you who can play left golf and who can’t.

This was a mother of pearl, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the Channel. Top of the class was Paul Casey, with a long iron that never got more than 30 feet off the ground, finishing at a distance of 6 feet. He then missed the putt. No wonder so many golfers are going crazy.

The 11th hole at Royal St George's caused problems for many golfers during the tournament

The 11th hole at Royal St George’s caused problems for many golfers during the tournament

Weather

Arrived on Monday in a downpour, there were puddles up to the press center.

Fortunately, the storms abated and we played one of those Opens in wonderfully warm conditions. What a joy to find a spot on a hill where the only ‘ping’ people thought of was the putter variety.

The storms abated and most of The Open was played in wonderfully warm conditions

The storms abated and most of The Open was played in wonderfully warm conditions

THE DRAWERS

Place

Yes, it felt great to be at an Open with so many people, but I couldn’t help but smile when the other thing we haven’t experienced at an event in a while revealed itself: the traffic jam.

You can’t design a city less suited to hosting an Open. It’s impossible that Sandwich, charming as it is, would be on the Open roster if it weren’t the only location in the south of England.

One frustration is that you can't design a city less suited to hosting an Open than Sandwich

One frustration is that you can’t design a city less suited to hosting an Open than Sandwich

Phil Mickelson

No appearance in the media center despite being a major champion, which is certainly a first in my long experience.

I mean, all the negative publicity he got after his US PGA Championship win in May would annoy anyone. Apparently, Mickelson is still furious about a play in Detroit a few weeks ago. And that’s a reason to empty everyone?

Phil Mickelson's lack of appearance in the media center at the Open was rather unusual

Phil Mickelson’s lack of appearance in the media center at the Open was rather unusual

Late start times

We’re going the Wimbledon route, aren’t we? Forget that we are a summer sport and tee off at times when the game extends into the evenings.

Starting the last group of the third round at 3:55 p.m. made no sense to anyone – except the producers of American television. There they could watch the action in the afternoon. Then we should be able to see it too.

The late start times made no sense except for the US television producers Amerikaanse

The late start times made no sense except for the US television producers Amerikaanse

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