So yours truly made a prediction last Thursday that Rory McIlroy would further cement his place in the golf pantheon with another major triumph at the British Open.
Well, at least I got half of it right -- the winner was from Northern Ireland.
Darren Clarke’s victory was one for the older guys (ages 40-and-up) and one for the genuine good guys (his wife lost her battle with cancer a mere five years ago).
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And golf hasn’t just shifted completely to Europe, it has made Northern Ireland its capital.
But the real winner in all of this is somebody different.
Enter Andrew “Chubby” Chandler, the agent for McIlroy and Clarke.
Clarke mentioned Chandler’s name in his victory speech on Sunday, explaining that they met up way back in 1990.
Well, Chandler also represents Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and will look for the clean sweep of all four majors when the PGA Championship rolls around in August.
Chandler’s meteoric rise in the golf world as the uber agent extraordinaire is now complete.
He also represents the 2010 British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen and another South African, two-time U.S. Open champ Ernie Els.
Chandler’s leadership off the course for his stable of players bodes well for Lee Westwood, another one of Chandler’s clients.
Westwood is still searching for his major championship breakthrough.
With Clarke as the new Claret Jug owner, the drought for American golfers continues.
Phil Mickelson is the last American to hold a major championship, having claimed the green jacket at the Masters in 2010 -- marking a streak of six consecutive non-American major winners, the longest such stretch since the Masters was formed over 75 years ago.
Mickelson was in the hunt on Sunday, gaining a share of the lead after a scorching 29 on Royal St. George’s front nine.
But Lefty’s flatstick betrayed him for the umpteenth time in another short putting situation.
Dustin Johnson also put himself in contention, trying to erase the 2010 U.S. Open meltdown and the 2010 PGA Championship rules debacle, if he were to claim the Claret Jug.
But like Mickelson, he faltered. Both players tied for second, but there is little consolation in a major championship if you don’t win.
Johnson’s undoing came on the 14th hole, while trailing Clarke by two shots. He slung his shot out-of-bounds and the big blunder came at the worst time -- with few holes remaining to make up for the error.
Johnson should look to McIlroy, who recovered from his Masters collapse promptly at the very next major.
Maybe he should contact Chandler?
After all, he does have the Midas touch right now.
Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.