Musings and Mulligans

Roy Lang III is The Times Assistant Sports Editor. He played golf at Centenary College. He has covered six major golf championships and also covered last year’s Ryder Cup. As an added bonus, both Hal Sutton and David Toms are on his speed-dial.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Field closes in on Tiger

At first it looked as if Tiger Woods was going to run away with the British Open on Saturday. Then, coming down the stretch, you couldn't even tell if Woods was going to hold onto the lead.

In the end, Tiger finished strong and will carry a two-shot lead into Sunday's final round. He is 9-for-9 in majors when entering the final round with at least a share of the lead. It's hard to argue with that stat, but remember the Masters this year where no one gave Chris DiMarco a chance. DiMarco managed to get into a playoff before Tiger escaped with his fourth Green Jacket.

It will be interesting to see if Woods can put this one away similar to the way he was able to in 2000.

Saturday's pairing of Woods and Colin Montgomerie was electric and it really did feel like a Ryder Cup. Monty held up well and the crowds (take note America) seemed spectacular.
If anyone scares me on the leaderboard it would be Vijay Singh. If Singh gets the putter going, he could shoot a low number and challenge Woods.

The leaderboard at St. Andrews is tremendous. Woods, Olazabal, Montgomerie, Goosen, Garcia -- The Old Course has done it again.