ENGLAND’S own Lee Westwood enjoyed his first win of the season and former Open champion Ben Curtis ended a six-year barren streak, but the player who really caught my eye at the weekend was rookie John Huh.
The 21-year-old American was nine over par after eight holes of his first round at the Valero Texas Open but recovered spectacularly and ended up missing a play-off by just two shots – and then only after winner Curtis birdied the last.
It was a fantastic performance from Huh, who came through tour school and captured the attention in February when he won the Mayakoba Classic. He is definitely a name to look out for in the future.
Congratulations to Curtis, however, who won for the first time since 2006. The 2003 Open champion has lost his way a little and did not look full of confidence but he won so deserves the credit.
Westwood also tasted victory, at the Indonesia Masters, where he continued his good recent form by earning his first win of the season.
It’s perhaps not the biggest tournament nor the toughest field, but a win is a win. For the world No3 to go back and defend that title is admirable in itself; to go back and win again is excellent.
Westwood faded a little at the end, having had to play most of his third round on the final day owing to bad weather on Saturday. That scenario can work both ways. A lot of the time you’ll come off the 18th green and wish you could get back on the first tee, because you’re settled into your round. On the other hand, 14 extra holes is a little tiring, although it shouldn’t trouble someone as fit as Lee.
Finally, mobile phones are to be allowed at the Open again. I don’t have a huge problem with them if they are on silent but, having said that, if I was on the main tour and contending for Majors I wouldn’t want them on the golf course.
Sam Torrance OBE is a multiple Ryder Cup-winning golfer and media commentator. Follow him on Twitter @torrancesam