Rudyard Kipling’s “If...” is probably the most quoted poem in all of sport, specifically the immortal couplet “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same...”
Senior Open presented by Rolex
The first Senior Open at St Andrews needed a quality winner, and the universally-admired Miguel Angel Jimenez obliged as he held off Bernhard Langer for the title on the Old Course.
We should have guessed that a Scot would emerge out of a thick, traditional east coast haar at the Senior Open, and Sandy Lyle obliged with his best-ever round in the championship to move into contention.
Colin Montgomerie needed some refreshment and comfort, it seemed, for his frustrations between his round and the Q&A with Andy Nicol in the Senior Open tented village just after he walked off the course.
Colin Montgomerie’s hopes of a Senior Open title took a significant blow on the back nine of the Old Course in yesterday’s first round.
Short of taking on the Brexit negotiations – and he’s not free for that – there seems to be nothing that Paul McGinley isn’t doing at the moment.
Sir Nick Faldo’s plan for St Andrews this week is simple – try to enjoy the Senior Open, and get the precise measurements for the short eleventh.
Colin Montgomerie knows that “this is it now” for him, and as a result his resolve this week is redoubled.
Tom Watson had a long pause after he answered the first half of the question of whether he felt his career was missing something in that he had never won on the Old Course.
The 72-year-old Argentinian Vicente Fernandez beat his age by two shots while two prominent US broadcasters also came through final qualifying for the first Senior Open Championship to be staged at the Old Course, St Andrews later this week.