Saturday 22 October 2016

The Open Short Chips

Published 18/07/2015 | 02:30

Sir Nick Faldo received a standing ovation as he rounded off his participation in the 2015 Open Championship
Sir Nick Faldo received a standing ovation as he rounded off his participation in the 2015 Open Championship

A Monday finish?

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With the horrible rainstorm delaying play yesterday morning and uncertainty about today's weather, the prospect of a Monday finish has been mooted by media pessimists. It's unlikely but if it was to happen, it would be the first at the Open since 1988, when Seve Ballesteros triumphed at Royal Lytham and St Anne's. That result made Seve the only champion to win the Open on a Saturday (Lytham, 1979), Sunday (St Andrews, 1984) and Monday. 

Faldo's love-in

Nick Faldo received a huge ovation from the galleries around the 18th hole as he rounded off his 2015 Open Championship participation. The six-time Major winner, who won the Open three times and three Masters Green Jackets, battled hard for a very creditable 71 after his 83 on day one. As of now he will play at least the next two Opens

Scott hopes

Adam Scott feels there's still an Open win in him. Scott led by four going into the last round in 2012 at Royal Lytham and St Annes but finished up losing to Ernie Els. "I definitely let that one slip, and I would love to be sitting here having won The Open, but I'm going to have to work hard for it. "I've had a couple good looks at it since then. I played really well last year and was just too far behind, and then at Muirfield I was leading on the back nine, and Mickelson finished great and I didn't. You know, I think I'm playing with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder," said Scott. 

Spieth no chance

Canny Scots are putting their money on someone other than the tournament favourite Jordan Spieth to take the title back to the USA. The reason? The last five winners of the Championship played in the Scottish Open the previous week. Spieth stayed in America to play the John Deere Classic, so that's that, then.  

Quote of the day

"I said yesterday, it could be Armageddon today, and it was this morning" - Danny Willett slightly exaggerating the bad weather at St Andrews. 

Number of the day 5

Open winners in the last six stagings of the championship who missed the cut the previous year.

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