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The Open: competitors and coverage.

Saturday is known as ‘moving day’ but in truth it was more or less the same leaderboard at the end of the day of Louis Oosthuizen, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth.

Oosthuizen and Spieth especially found it difficult.

The problem with Spieth’s game these last three Major-less years is his waywardness off the tee. Yesterday he was all too often scrambling out of the lethal rough and doing well to make par.

Then his putter – normally his strength – let him down on the dance floor and he bogeyed the final two holes to finish -9.

Oosthuizen, normally so calm, looked none too steady.

One wonders if his grand slam of runners up – the last as recent as last month when a tentative lag let Jon Rahm in for the US Open – was gnawing at him.

Golf is such a mental game.


Morikawa with his perfectly-flighted irons had the best of the day.

One expected Jon Rahm to emerge from the pack but the big hitters have not featured.

The conditions were benign but tough pin placements made it testing.  I still fancy Spieth but he has 3 shots to recover.

The coverage on Sky has been excellent.

Occasionally when I got off the sofa to do some chores I listened to BBC Radio 5 and was disappointed. Presenter Mark Chapman did his prep but somehow misses on the big issues.

In the absence of Jay Townsend they lack a heavyweight.

John Murray is a superb commentator but football is his forte.

My only irritation with Sky is the pompous Rolex advert. Bob Tickler pointed out an article when robbers – seeing some millionaire featured in a glossy with a marquee watch – tortured  him to admit its whereabouts.

“I always wear  a £100 rotary” and it’s true that the more an expensive watch is glamourised, the more likely it is to be robbed.

Anyway back to the coverage, Nick Dougray has slotted in perfectly with Euan Murray as dual presenters.

And – if Sir Nick Faldo is full of himself – he is entitled to be and worth listening to on how to win Majors.

About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts