The 2014 British Open Golf Event has been run and won by Rory Mcilroy who won the event by 2 strokes ahead of Sergio Garcia and Ricky Fowler who were tied for second only 2 strokes behind the champion.
Mcilroy started the day six shots in front and scrapped his way through the final round in an effort to hold off the strong finish by Garcia who flew through the first 10 holes in 5 under par. Garcias undoing proved to be the 15th hole where he took 2 shots to get out of the greenside bunker and the 16th saw Mcilroy birdie the hole to maintain a comfortable lead going into the final 2 holes. Mcilory held his nerve and completed his round to win his first British Open on home soil.
The 25 year old Irishman has joined an elite group of players to have won 3 legs of the Grand Slam at that age, a feat accomplished by none other than Tiger Woods and Jack Nicholas.
His playing partner Ricky Fowler had a great final round of 5 under par but the lead he gave away at the start of the day was to much to make up. A gallant effort from the Bushnell Golf ambassador but unfortunately he fell short. For more info on Bushnell devices visit : www.sportgps.com.au Fowler is still young and proving to hold his own in major events now so look out for him in the future.
An interesting fact regarding this years event…We all know that players are not allowed to bet on the eventual outcome of events, but a 200 pound bet placed way back in 2004 by none other than Mcilroys father proved to be a winner. Gerry Mcilroy has become $171,000 richer after placing the bet that his son would win the British open within 10 year. If we do the math, back in 2004 he received odds of 500/1 for his son to achieve the feat.
The bet was placed when Rory was 15 years old and Gerry hinted that he may have been in for a bigger win had the betting house Ladbrokes allowed him to place a larger wager. Either way, it looks like there is going to be some party at the Mcilroy household after this event. Well done to both, and Gerry hats off for having the confidence in young Rory to pull it off!
Its goes from bad to worse for host nation Brazil who have now conceded 10 goals in their last 2 games. The nations capital was the scene for Brazil’s world cup wake after the hiding they received from their semi final game against Germany.
An early defensive lapse was the painful memories of that fateful game resurface. With less than 2 minutes on the clock Brazilian defender Silva appeared to make initial contact outside the box on Dutch forward Arjen Roben who went down. Silva was extremely lucky to stay on the field as it definitely looked like a send off offense. The resulting penalty saw the Dutch go 1 up as Van Persie put away the spot kick to put the Dutch ahead.
Within 16 minutes, Brazilian defender David Luiz, and the host nations nightmare continued as he failed to clear a cross, the end result was a second dutch goal as the ball found an unmarked player with no defenders in sight.
Brazil rallied and pushed forward looking for some inspiration and had some chances leading into the break, a sign that they may be finding some form. But the raids led to nothing with Brazil dominant but without luck as both teams entered the break with the Dutch leading 2-0.
The dutch team remained reolute through the second half and finished the match off with their 3rd goal on the stroke of fulltime. The Dutch thoroughly deserved their 3rd place finish in this years cup after putting on a great show.
Embarrassment again for Brazil who have now lost consecutive matches at home for the first time since 1940 and in the process conceding an amazing 10 goals in the process while only scoring one.
Doc Neeson has died after battling with cancer. The 67 year old was the lead singer of legendary Australian Rock band, The Angels. Neeson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last year and had been undergoing intensive radiation and chemotherapy.
Originally born in Belfast, Bernard Patrick “Doc” Neeson emigrated to Adelaide when he was just 13 years old. Today is a sad loss for the Neeson family and we offer them our condolences for their loss. The man was a true legend of the Australian Rock scene and his legend will live on in our heart.
Tiger Woods has announced that he is not playing in the US Open next month as he is still recovering from back surgery. He was cleared to lightly chip and put over a week ago, but announced on his website that he would forego playing in competition to continue with his rehab.
This will be the third time that Tiger has missed two majors in a row in a single year, and only the second time that he will miss the US open in his entire career.
The US Open is due to begin on June 12th 2014 and Tiger has opened up the field so get ready for possibly another longshot to take the win.