Jul
17
2011
Your Final Round Open Championship Open Thread: It’s Really, Really Windy
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

En Fuego!

I’ve been live-blogging early this afternoon over at WSJ.com,

Earlier this morning I was nearly blown over walking from the parking lot to the media center at Royal St. George’s. It was gusting. And if it’s that windy inland, then it’s even gustier on the course, especially near the 6th tee, 7th hole and 13-15. The pins are bending like contortionists and conditions are supposed to worsen around the time the last group, Darren Clarke and Dustin Johnson, tee off. Yippee, right? Players on the course needed to take advantage of the last hour or two.

Sergio Garcia was doing just that. Nearly making eagle on seven, he nudged his putt in for his fourth birdie of the day.

I was literally writing the headline “Sergio en Fuego!” when he knocked his drive in the long stuff and took two shots to get out of it. His third went over the green and his chip left him with a 15-footer for bogey. Sergio, who is stroking it lovely, thought he made it, but it just burned the edge.

Double-bogey on the eighth to erase all the good work achieved in the first seven. Sigh. As Gary Van Sickle, my colleague sitting to my left, quipped, “He went from being on fire to going up in flames.”

I’m heading out to the course to watch Sergio (and Rory), and perhaps catch the leaders teeing off.  After a short break, I’ll be back to live-blogging for the remainder of the championship. Please pop by HERE and follow follow the action with us.

Oh, your predictions on the winner and just the day in general, please!

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)