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OPENS at St Andrews are always special things, but, sad to say, it is unlikely that history will recall the 139th playing of the world's oldest and most important championship with anything other than a stifled yawn.
OPEN champion Louis Oosthuizen has splashed out on something special to mark his first major win - a tractor.
ANDREW Chandler, who manages new Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, has warned the Americans to get used to seeing European Tour players winning majors over the next few years.
WHEN you've won the Open Championship at St Andrews as a 200-1 outsider who'd missed the cut in three previous appearances in the event, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a dream.
THE 150th anniversary Open Championship has been hailed a success by the R&A despite the cancellation of the Champions' Challenge, criticism of a decision to suspend play, revenue lost from a reduced attendance, and the Old Course producing a shock winner.
FOR the day, he was the most famous sportsman in the world.
A SOUTH African reigning supreme at the Open was perhaps meant to be. The day after the tournament concluded Gary Player was hosting a Pro-Am event at Archerfield Links, just 70 road miles or – if you happen to be the most successful international golfer of all-time – a six-minute helicopter ride down the coast from the scene of Louis Oosthuizen's triumph at St Andrews.
Wind farms in Scotland, according to an intriguing snippet of weekend news, are apparently suffering from a distinct lack of it – wind, that is. This must have come as something of a shock, not only to people who are keen on wind farms, but also to those golfers who spent a fair amount of time at St Andrews last week coping with what looked like enough windpower to run a battleship for a year.
The Claret Jug is not the only new thing in an Open winner's life, just ask 2009 champion Stewart Cink.
SO FAREWELL then Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, hello Nick Watney, Dustin Johnson, JB Holmes and Sean O'Hair. The face of American golf is changing and it's one we now barely recognise.
GARY Player helped Louis Oosthuizen add to the celebrations in South Africa on Nelson Mandela Day by becoming the fourth Springbok to become Open champion.
IT'S just as well for Garry Harvey, the R&A's trophy engraver, that the winner isn't likely to have wanted his full name on the Claret Jug. After all, Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen would have been quite a task. It wouldn't have been inappropriate in the slightest, though, if he'd added the words 'worthy champion' after Louis Oosthuizen.
BEGINNING the final round just four strokes adrift of Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey was in the perfect position to put pressure on his opponent. Having already enjoyed top-ten finishes in the Open, the Masters and the US Open, the Englishman had far more experience than the South African of competing at the business end of major tournaments.
We have been enjoying learning more about Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen in the last few days but now we know something he most definitely is not: a choker. His temperament has been revealed to be as unshakeable as Table mountain following yesterday's remarkably level-headed guide to winning an Open championship in the most routine way imaginable.
Phil Mickelson did not even have the consolation prize of ending up ahead of Tiger Woods and closing the gap at the top of the world rankings as another disappointing Open Championship performance fizzled out.
THERE was no last-gasp struggle to hold on to the crown. No need for any pretender to rip the reins of power from the man who had reigned here for the past decade. Instead, the old king's life drew peacefully to a close, and little more than an hour later a new monarch of St Andrews was installed.
STEPHEN Gallacher, who produced the best performance by a Scot in the world's oldest major since the last Open Championship at St Andrews, is starting to feel comfortable in the company of major champions, the latest of his playing partners having been Masters champion Phil Mickelson.
HE sensed it would be his last walk up the 18th at St Andrews in an Open Championship. But, with a couple of his giant strides, Colin Montgomerie was over the Swilcan Bridge in a flash. He didn't feel it appropriate to stop in the manner of Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. "That's only for winners," he said. "I should use the little plank they've got across the right hand side of the burn!"