Minor major winners good for sport


It came somewhat as a surprise last week when Lucas Glover, a player ranked in the 70s, won the US Open. It was the second major of the year that a player outside the top ten had won the ultimate prize.

As ever, popular betting sites were tipping Tiger Woods for the defence of his crown, however, since returning from injury this season, the great man himself has struggled to find his old form. Some would liken his comeback to the likes of Ernie Els, who has under-performed since recovering from a knee injury a couple of years ago. Tiger has won recently though, and it is surely just a matter of time as to when he will grab another major and beat Nicklaus’ record of 18 wins.

In the meantime, golf fans can revel in the ever decreasing gap between the top players and the rest of the pack. Who was behind Glover? Ricky Barnes, Ross Fisher a Phil Mickelson; and only one of those has ever won a major.

So is this good for golf? No doubt, Tiger has given the game an uplift in popularity, however the increase in major competitiveness is a refreshing change. It just goes to show that anyone can win a major, giving those ‘majorless’ players the confidence boost they need. It has thrown the upcoming Open Championship wide open.

Who are you tipping for Open glory?

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jake on June 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Cyber-spit has just landed on golf šŸ™‚

    Reply

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