Drama In Scotland - And It's Not At Muirfield
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/12/13
(Soundtrack by William Martin Joel)
Temper, temper...Earlier this week, 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell criticized the links at Castle Stuart, host of this week's Scottish Open, as being a "one-dimensional" golf course that was not "strong enough" to host an event immediately before a major. But following what apparently was a stern rebuke from three-time major champion Padraig Harrington and four-time major champion Ernie Els, G-Mac walked it back.
While the Ulsterman didn't issue a public apology, Aberdeen Asset Management CEO Martin Gilbert, whose firm is the title sponsor, made it clear:
"Graeme has been in touch to apologise and he's not the first person to say something they regret, so we've got not problems whatsoever with him. In fact, he's been a true gentleman. He said he'd consider issuing a statement himself but we agreed that would keep the matter running.
That was fastInterestingly, Els then carded rounds of 72 and 70 to miss the cut at Castle Stuart — then stated that he was happy to miss the cut!
"I just did not get the bounces. I thought I played quite well today but I had no idea on these greens so I am glad I am leaving to get on some other greens."Perhaps remembering G-Mac's meltdown, Els tempered his remarks with this:
"A missed cut is not great but we have had a great time here. I did not get the run of the course, it felt like it was against me, but I am playing nicely and gave myself a lot of opportunities.
You haven't heard of this guyA 35-year-old Glaswegian named Chris Doak holds the lead after two rounds with a pair of 66s. He's on his second stint on the European Tour, getting his card back after finishing in the top ten last year on the Challenge Tour, including a win at the Allianz Open de Lyon. And while he missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Merion, Doak did well to get there in the first place, surviving a five-way qualifying playoff on a very tough Walton Heath layout.
American Peter Uihlein is one back at -11, while Phil Mickelson is another three shots back at -8. Lefty seems pleased:
"I think the best way to get ready for next week is to get into contention and to feel that nervousness and those butterflies and try to win.
Feet up, TV onNBC Sports is televising the Scottish Open from noon to 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday. Aside from the aforementioned drama, why watch it?
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T - "Wally" Uihlein? Really? Maybe Peter??? The son....
Torleif Sorenson says:
@#$%... force of habit. (Since corrected.)
No worries Bro - you do a GREAT job....
lol, I read it & was confused. I've never watched Peter Uilein but I'll be sure to tune in this weekend. He's suppose to be good from what I hear...
@slimpks1850 - Uihlein is a stud! Really good young player and instead of getting exemptions off Daddy's coattails, he went to Europe to hone is skills. And he is quietly having a great season. Look for this guy on the PGA Tour SOON!
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