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Jim Gorant
June 26, 2006
The Open's over, but Phil may not be alone in feeling like an idiot
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June 26, 2006

Up & Down

The Open's over, but Phil may not be alone in feeling like an idiot

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Geoff Ogilvy
The 29-year-old became only the second Aussie to win the Open and the first to win a major since Steve Elkington took the 1995 PGA Championship.

The last three Open winners have been from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and the leader board was rife with foreign players, including a number of likely European Ryder Cuppers.

Of the 436 rounds played at Winged Foot last week, 424 were at par or higher, and the field averaged a whopping 74.99 strokes a round, almost five shots over par.

Five years after his last win Steve Stricker tied for sixth. Five years after his British Open win David Duval (left) got 16th.

Winged Foot
More than 30 years after the original massacre, the course once again proved a rugged and unyielding test, equaling the highest total score for a winner (285) since 1992.

The U.S. World Cup game, featuring Landon Donovan (right), trounced the Open, scoring a 5.2 in the Nielsen ratings.

Ryuji Imada
Is Imada, of Japan, the best player you've never heard of or just an Open specialist? He finished 15th at Winged Foot and 12th last year.

Johnny Miller
When he let slip that he'd love to call the Masters one day, it wasn't just talk. He was apparently offered and is considering taking the top chair at CBS.

Tiger Woods
The 30-year-old missed a cut in a major for the first time in 38 starts as a professional and admitted afterward that he probably wasn't ready to play.

Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk (left) blew chances to win--a scary outcome since no other probable U.S. Ryder Cup players finished in the top 15.

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