No Open-ing for Els

2008-07-25 00:00

During the Test match at Headingley, Ian Botham revealed the amount of time England have spent in the field compared with the time they have spent batting since Michael Vaughan declared at Lord’s.

One could not blame Botham. The cricket was interesting, but it was tame in comparison to the compelling spectacle of the Open Championship, which was everything a major sporting event should be. The course was tough but fair. The weather was brutal, but for some it was worse than others. This is often the case at the Open and this contributes so much to the drama of the first two days, when the difference between missing the cut or being among the leaders comes down to a single rotten lie in the rough.

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