Spieth Unimpressive, and Neither is 'The Open'
July 20, 2015

They always tell you to write what you know. It seems like good advice. If you know enough about it, people may even read it. But does that mean you can't write what you don't know? I don't know a lot about golf but I know Jordan Spieth blew it. I don't know anything about St. Andrew's, but how can they call that a golf course? Palmdale in August is greener.

Okay, I admit it, I didn't watch much of “The Open” (that would be the British Open for people like me). Many sports fans, though (myself included) were rooting for Spieth. He won the Masters (which I did watch), and the U.S. Open (which I didn't). Only Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods have done that in the same year. They didn't win The Open either, so there was some history on the line.

Spieth, who turns 22 next week and is about as old as a Marysville Gold Sox baseball player, double-bogeyed the eighth hole in the final round, and ended up just missing a playoff. Three golfers would end up tied, and former Masters winner Zach Johnson ended up taking the coveted Claret Jug. Johnson is 39, seems like a good enough guy, and good for him that he won another major. Spieth will likely be back.

I remember one year, and it might have been the Ryder Cup and not the British Open, when the match was on really early in the morning, and I got up to watch. St. Andrew's is considered the birthplace of golf, but what struck me most was how beautiful the course wasn't. Those buildings are nice, but this place certainly isn't Pebble Beach. They call it “links” golf, which to me means brown course with tall weeds. Play was halted by wind, which we know doesn't happen all the time, but again might remind an old Antelope Valley resident of Desert Aire on any afternoon.

Grievous omission: I mentioned last week that the National League should win the All-Star game because they have more steroid guys than the American League. This is true, but I forgot an obvious one. Ryan Braun tripled late in the game. He would be the captain of the triumvirate with Jhonny Peralta and Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal. The AL only had Nelson Cruz, but still won the ball game anyway 6-3.

Franchise four: Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Sandy Koufax, and Johnny Bench were named the greatest living players of all time before Tuesday's All-Star game. While it seemed that Bench may have won only because he played for the Reds and the game was in Cincinnati, you'd be hard pressed to come up with a better choice. Not a bad group. Some of the individual team's franchise four were a little weird (no Juan Marichal with the Giants?), but the Dodgers nailed it with Koufax, Don Drysdale, Jackie Robinson, and Duke Snider.

Blame it on Buster: If the Dodgers get to the World Series, they won't have home field advantage because the National League lost the All-Star game. Sure Zack Greinke gave up a home run to Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw was the losing pitcher, but who was the catcher during those events? Buster Posey of the Giants. Just sayin'.

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