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
Five years after his last win Steve Stricker tied for sixth. Five years after
his British Open win David Duval (left) got 16th.
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)
The U.S. World Cup game, featuring Landon Donovan (right), trounced the Open,
scoring a 5.2 in the Nielsen ratings.
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.
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
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.