The Open Diary: Stenson not a good driver, and do be quiet


The 145th Open Championship concluded in stunning fashion and winner Henrik Stenson provided as much value off the course as on it.

Stenson was a popular champion at Royal Troon, though Phil Mickelson might just have been the crowd favourite at the start of the day.

Amid all the drama of the Swede's Claret Jug success, there were plenty of other talking points for our daily diary from Troon.



Champion golfer of the year Stenson was all smiles in his media conference after winning the tournament in style, but he still chose his words carefully when asked where this triumph ranked among the greatest moments of his life.

Present in the interview room was his wife, who concurred when Stenson replied: "The birth of my three children... and then winning The Open. Wife is in the corner over there!"



Aside from being blessed with his three kids, Stenson put another less likely lifetime landmark in his most treasured moments.

He has proven himself pretty adept with his driver this week, but was not always himself a good driver.

In fact, having failed his driving test several times, he suggested the day he finally passed was better than winning The Open.

He explained: "Given that I failed my driver's test probably as many times I was second or third at major championships, that one has to be higher than this, of course."



Stenson may have made it look easy, but It was playing tough out there for some and nobody seemed to find it more difficult than Greg Chalmers.

The Australian carded a bogey-laden 85, including an eight at the par-four 11th.

But perhaps the most remarkable stat was Chalmers' fairways hit percentage of 21.

To be fair, you can't even see the fairway off the 11th tee.



Colin Montgomerie teed off the first and final rounds at Troon and noted the fact he had claimed the honour of clubhouse leader.

Having wrapped up a 76 on Sunday, the veteran Scot - playing in what he conceded was almost certainly his final Open - was still holding out hope of breaking his major duck at the age of 53.

"If everything goes really badly, you never know," he said, while sitting 29 shots off the pace. "They say it's not finished until the last putt's holed. So we'll see."

We did see. Monty still hasn't won a major.



There is a huge shop selling souvenirs in the spectator village near the 16th hole, but one fan saw something not for sale that he really wanted to get his hands on.

He approached a steward and enquired if he could have one of the signs they hold up calling for quiet as players prepare to take their shot.

"I need this one," said the steward. "I need it so I can tell people like you to be quiet!"

And the Troon course will now fall silent as the watching world moves on from this corner of Scotland.