The Dustbin Lid Man - Most of us are perfectly happy without a major
05 Nov 2010 - 06:53:15
Well Kaiser Kaymer didn't usurp Tiger as number one in the world, it was one-legged Lee Westwood.
The boy done well, and here's hoping he is fully recovered and plays like numero uno this weekend in Shanghai.
Actually as a quirk of the rankings system I could overtake him this weekend with a strong showing in the Sunday Medal tournament at my local.
David Duval, Fred Couples and Ian Woosnam all share the distinction with Lee of becoming world number one without first having won a major championship.
Of course the other three went on to become major champions, so the omens are good, but not a certainty. Let's keep everything crossed that one of the nicest guys and fiercest competitors on the circuit makes the step from most consistent nearly-man to deadly finisher.
Although if he were never to win a major, would that really be so terrible?
I had this discussion at the nineteenth hole just the other day. With no disrespect to anyone, who’s career would you rather have, Colin Montgomery or Paul Laurie/Ben Watson/Todd Hamilton/Michael Campbell etc
The answer would be Monty every time. The game is littered with solitary major winners who are not on the tip on anyone's tongue and other than their one perfect moment had fairly steady, unspectacular careers.
If Westy never got over the winning line in one of the big ones, he'd still have had a career the envy of golfers all around the world.
Most of us have never won a major yet still we live our lives very happily. We don't even have the wedges of cash to make it feel better.