Monday, July 19, 2010

Louis Who?

Golf fans the world over were treated to a bore of an Open Championship when South African and virtual unknown Louis Oosthuizen won the Claret Jug in Scotland yesterday. So what does this have to do with Bermuda? Oosthuizen is the third official invitee to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf held for the second consecutive year at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton. Along with U.S. Open Champion Phil Mickelson and Masters Champion Graeme McDowell, the newly crowned British Open champ will play the island’s finest course alongside the winner of the PGA Championship, which takes place on August 9-15 at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. As my coverage of last year's tournament attests, it's a world-class event featuring a world-class course. Don't believe me? Check out this video I shot and edited of all four champions on Port Royal's signature oceanview hole, the stunning sixteenth (with comments about the hole from Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover and Y.E. Yang). When you're done check out Lucas Glover's final approach on 18, where he wins the crystal trophy, the pink jacket and the $600,000 pot. I can’t say with any certainty who the fourth competitor will be this year—after all, I’ve never really been much of a golf pundit—but I’m putting my money on Phil.

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