Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Open Championship Jinx ?
(So Scandalous Just to Mention)

I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but Todd Hamilton hasn’t been in the mix to much as of late. Leading up to this weeks’ Shell Houston Open, Hammy has played in 11 events so far in ‘06, but has only seen the weekend twice.

The 2005 season, in comparison to 2006, was somewhat better, although Hamilton still didn’t crack the top 10 all year long and finished 134 on the money list.

Hamilton fired up the leader board during his rookie year on the PGA Tour in 2004 after he finished T16 at the ’03 Q-School. Winning twice in ’04, Hamilton secured victories at both the Honda Classic and The British Open where he conquered Ernie “Big Easy” Els in a playoff at Royal Troon Golf Club. To add more prestige to the year, at age 38, Hamilton was named PGA Tour rookie of the year.

Before this stellar performance in 2004, Hamilton was a journeyman, playing on the Japan Tour, the Asian Tour, the Nationwide Tour and even a short stint on the Canadian tour. Before his Cinderella ’04 season began, Hamilton’s constant grinding and wandering about the globe wherever his game could take him led him to pick up 14 wins outside of the PGA Tour.

So what the hell happened?

I say The Open Championship is cursed for some individuals. Blasphemous I know, but how else can you explain Hamilton’s dissent into obscurity?

Well, wait……

Anybody remember David Duval? I say that light heartedly of course, but even to this day, it still pains me to look at his tourney results. He won The Open in 2001 and capped the year off by finishing 8th on the money list, but followed up with a so-so 2002 season only cracking the top ten twice and finishing 80th in the money. Then, the walls came crumbling down in 2003, when Double-D only made 4 cuts total for the entire year. Such has been the case ever since.

So, what the hell happened?

Still not satisfied…..

What about 2003 winner, Ben Curtis, who I still have strong faith in, since we both went to the same college. GO KENT STATE!

But still, was he just a flash-in-the-pan player that weekend over there? He has yet to impress the golfing public as I see it, and is in danger of never re-emerging.

Plus, he needs a new endorsement deal; his NFL contract is so lame in my opinion.

So……What the Hell Happened?

Could it be a jinx?

Is it all just mental?

Are these three players already washed up after winning the Claret Jug?

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