“Cornhusker” Fight Song Story Needs Research;
The British Open:  Good Golf But A Lousy Course

“Time out” on my previously-announced plans to share with you this week a story involving a little-known Nebraska football fight song, “The Cornhusker.”

I’m seeking further confirmation of the details of the legend—which, as legends sometimes do—might have taken on some unverifiable details over the years.

I’ll be back to you after further research.

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Good Golf On A Lousy Course

For this week’s “quick hit” (my assistant Jackie Wrieth says I almost always talk “brief” and then write long) a look at (1) that remarkable young Irish golfer Rory McIlroy’s third victory in his quest to join the elite company of golfers who have won all four major championships and (2) the lousy course on which he won that third victory.

The Royal Liverpool course, sometimes known as Hoylake, on which McIlroy, typically unflappable, marched to victory in the British Open is unworthy of being included in that “rota” of British and Scottish courses from which one course is selected each year as host to the British Open.

Very Difficult To Very Easy

The front nine at Royal Liverpool is exceedingly difficult, unnecessarily so.  And the back nine is a walk in the park, exceedingly easy, unnecessarily so.  (If memory serves, one of the supposed par 5’s on the back nine was birdied or occasionally eagled nearly half the time.)

Add to this the fact that there is absolutely nothing physically attractive about the setting on either side of the fairways.  Quite the contrary.

For example, the course overlooks a tidal estuary, which presumably is attractive when the tide is in but looks like a big mud flat when the tide is out.

Another post-British Open thought:

Why doesn’t Tiger Woods stop experimenting, trying to find a reliable swing with his driver and three wood?

Some Sympathy For Tiger

I’m a member of the ABT Club (Anybody But Tiger), but I still feel some sympathy for a once superb golfer whose game simply has fallen apart—at least on too many embarrassing occasions.

Why doesn’t Tiger, working with a trusted coach, settle on one swing for use with his driver and three wood?  Work hard on controlling that swing and see if he can’t regain some of the consistency which for a time made him the world’s best golfer?

Incidentally but importantly for the millions of fans who follow the annual Masters tournament, Rory McIlroy will seek his fourth major championship on the Augusta National course in April.  The golfing world will be watching with intense interest.

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