Junior Golf: Amazing Finish at The Open Championship

imageWhat a day of golf Monday at the final round of The Open Championship! Today in our Wednesday Waggle, we’ll look at the amazing finish to this season’s 3rd major championship. (photo from golfdigest.com)

I hope you and your junior golfer were enjoying the action as much as we were. There was a little of everything during the day: rain, wind, light winds, strong winds and damp chilly conditions overall.

And the golfers adjusted beautifully. As the day went along, the number of guys with a chance to win kept dropping until with the last group teeing off on #16, there were realistically 5 players who could be in a playoff.

Zach Johnson was in the clubhouse at 15-under. Mark Leishmann was 16-under but bogied to drop to 15-under. Louie Oosthuizen was all around the 15-under number which is where he finished. And Jordan Spieth made an incredible putt on #16 to get to 15-under, then bogied 17 and failed to make birdie on 18 to join the playoff. Jason Day, playing with Spieth was close to the lead all day, but never got to the top of the board.

imageSo the great shots, the less than great shots, the putts that went in and the putts that missed all added up to Zach, Louie and Mark going into a playoff, which Zach won. Congratulations to him on his second Major Championship! (photo from pgatour.com)

Yes, we were rooting for Jordan Spieth to make the playoff and he had his chances. It’s tough to win any golf tournament and as the announcers pounded on all event long: 3 things had to be done to win at St. Andrews…1st: hit your drive in the fairway, that gives the player at least 8 or 9 wedges into the green, so 2nd: hit accurate wedge shots, 3rd: putt well, including good lag putts and making the shorter ones. Zach won because he consistently did all these things better than everyone else.

Lots of excitement, lots of strategy, lots of opportunities to learn things to do and not do during the last 6 holes of a golf tournament. Encourage your youngster. Tell him that he can do some of the things that the pros do. Remind him that the pros hit bad shots too, they just deal with them better than the amateurs.

Get pumped! After that finish I hope your whole family was ready to go play golf… See you on #1 tee… Sam

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