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POSTCARD FROM CARNOUSTIE

The R&A needs to consider making Carnoustie the permanent home of the British Open. The two most dramatic Opens of the last decade — and two of the more compelling majors in modern history — have been produced by the Angus Monster. ...

c What was Stewart Cink thinking yesterday when he selected that navy-on-blue shirt that made him look as if he had been run over several times by a lorry? Memo to Stew: the tire-tracks look is out, brother. Your swing is ugly; your shirts don't have to be. ...

c The Rover would like to apologize to the Andres Romero family. After covering three straight events without an English-speaking winner (Memorial, K.J. Choi; U.S. Open, Angel Cabrera; AT&T National, Choi), the Rover channeled all his negative mojo toward Romero during the guiltless Argentine's double bogey, bogey finish. (Sorry, honey, the Golf Gods have been promised our fourth child.)

By the way, does anyone remember another player carding 10 birdies on a major Sunday? Methinks we haven't heard the last of young Romero. Perhaps between now and his next major uprising, someone could teach him just a few non-cliched English phrases. He can start with the following, both of which are guaranteed to energize a media center: a) "I am the Tucuman Tornado, and today I tormented the course and blew away the field with my merciless might." And b) "I choked like a dog on a chicken bone. The splinters of failure have left unspeakable scars on my soul." ...

c Finally, after leaving his clubs in the trunk all week while his back recovered, the Rover has tee times today at Carnoustie (9 a.m.) and St. Andrews (4 p.m.). Weep with envy ye slaves to target-golf munis.

Cheers.

Barker Davis

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