British Open 2008 Report Card


British Open 2008 Report Card

July 21, 2008

Tiger Woods, did not play

Woods missed his first major since turning pro because of stress fractures in his left leg and a torn ACL in his left knee. The only other top-ranked player to miss a major since the World Ranking began in 1986 is Greg Norman at the 1988 British Open. Norman was recovering from a wrist injury suffered at the U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson, T-19, 294 (+14)

What worked: With solid play in even rounds, his T-19 looked good despite his problems on links courses.What didn't: He had trouble controlling his ball flight in the wind (see page 70) and hit just 28 fairways.PGA prospects: Oakland Hills was the site of the failed Ryder Cup pairing with Tiger Woods in 2004.

Geoff Ogilvy, MC, 151 (+11)

What worked: Was third in putts (52) after two rounds, but that was more a function of his failure to hit greens.What didn't: The wind and rain derailed his game Thursday when he hit three greens and made eight bogeys.PGA prospects: He was playing well before Birkdale, and with three top-10s at the PGA, he should rebound.

Adam Scott, T-16, 293 (+13)

What worked: Scott was pleased with his play in his first-round 70, but admitted he had to grind to go that low.What didn't: Another long hitter who didn't hit many fairways in the wind and rain. Scott was T-56 in accuracy.PGA prospects: The injured hand appears healed, but he needs to keep pace early to contend in a major.

Ernie Els, T-7, 292 (+12)

What worked: Talk about odd day/even day schisms, the Friday/Sunday 69s gave Els his 12th British top-10.What didn't: Thursday and Saturday. Thursday's 80 was his highest PGA Tour score since the '06 Memorial.PGA prospects: Els has finished T-5 or better in three of the last five PGA Championships.

Stewart Cink, MC, 150 (+10)

What worked: It's hard to find statistical plusses in his week, but despite 61 putts, he never three-putted.What didn't: Thursday's 75 was the result of Cink hitting just four fairways in the wind and the rain.PGA prospects: Positive memories? Cink's first major was a T-16 in the 1996 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills.

Sergio Garcia, T-51, 297 (+17)

What worked: He hit 11 fairways and 13 greens Thursday, and his first-round 72 was his week's best score.What didn't: His scores got progressively higher, ending with a final-round 78 and rumors of an injured hand.PGA prospects: Positive memories! Garcia was a star on Europe's 2004 Ryder Cup rout at Oakland Hills.

Steve Stricker, T-7, 292 (+12)

What worked: After nine bogeys in his first 16 holes, he only made eight more, just one on the back nine.What didn't: Holes four through six were a bane for many players. Stricker played them in nine over par.PGA prospects: After four MCs he's trending upward going T-29, T-18 and T-7 in his last three starts.

Justin Rose, T-70, 301 (+21)

What worked: Shot 74 in the heart of the bad weather Thursday, giving hope to those who recalled 1998.What didn't: Eight over for the first eight holes Saturday, he began the day with six bogeys and a double.PGA prospects: He has had more success in the other majors, with two MCs, but no top-10s in five PGAs.

Vijay SIngh, MC, 151 (+11)

What worked: Like Phil and Ernie he rebounded Friday, but his 71 wasn't enough to overcome Thursday's 80.What didn't: Got a bad break with the draw Thursday and never recovered. He called the day "miserable."PGA prospects: Now 15th on the World Ranking, Singh was T-7 at the 1996 U.S. Open.

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