Looking Back At The Open

The victory at St. Andrews seemed decisive and dominant but there was a heated battle for the next positions. Paul Casey and Lee Westwood, friends and rivals were in the race for the second place and Westwood emerged victorious at nine under, thanks to Casey’s mishap as he three-putted the last and drove into the Valley of Sin. This was Westwood’s second consecutive near miss, after his fumble at Turnberry last year, which cost him the second place by just one shot in the play-off between Stewart Cink and Tom Watson.

The fourth place at The Open had to be shared between Rory McIlroy and the Swede, Henrik Stenson. McIlroy opened with a record 63 in the opening round, had to battle to recover from 80 in the second round, thanks to the haphazard winds, and finished 69-68 to finish with an eight under total.

Apart from the crowning of Louis Oosthuizen as champion, another surprise hurtled around The Open as Jin Jeong, 20, Amateur Champion finished his first Open Championship with a glorious eagle putt after an elegant drive over the green. He finished at four under and followed Matteo Manassero, a young Italian in holding an Amateur title and winning the Silver Medal for a leading non-professional at The Open.

The Open at St. Andrews in 2010 celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Open and it now leaves several memories, most to be cherished. With Rory McIlroy’s setting a record in the opening round and a new champion, with the former, Tiger Woods falling to a deplorable 23rd place. This was Woods’ seventh tournament this year without a victory and his dry spell seems to continue.

Woods along with all players praised Oosthuizen no end who celebrated his victory with his wife and 7 month old daughter. This will definitely be a cherished memory in the Oosthuizen family.