I was at the Open Friday through Sunday.
On Sunday: Saw Tiger play 1 and 17... Cabrera play 12, 13, 15 and 17 (including his approach shot on 15, which he stuck to two feet)... Furyk play 1, 9, 12, 13 and 17. Seventeen was the hole to be at, which I hinted at in a post to the old board after last year's Open.
I also saw Cabrera stick his approach shot on 9 on Friday. He was the only guy all week with two rounds under par. I don't see how he doesn't deserve to win.
Tiger didn't lose this Open, Cabrera won it. Tiger's round on Sunday would have been perfect if he had had the lead going in, but I'm not sure which putts he missed that you would have expected him to make.
Furyk's mistake on 17 wasn't going for the green -- it was his pitch out of the rough. The rough on the front and left of the green on 17 was the thickest on the entire course. Of about 15 or 20 people I saw hit in that general area over three days, NOBODY hit what I'd call a good shot. If you're going to miss 17, the best place to miss it is into Big Mouth, which is what Tiger did.
There's a lot more I could write about the Open, but I'll stop for now.
Between me and every ideal I always find Scheisskopfs, Peckems, Korns and Cathcarts. And that sort of changes the ideal. -- Joseph Heller