Graeme McDowell said missing out on the Open at Royal Portrush would have been unbearable

  • Sometimes sport sucks and it doesn’t always follow the script that we want 
  • Roy Keane missed the Nou Camp in 1999, Alex Partridge missed Athens in 2004
  • But that is why Graeme McDowell had to have entered the Open on merit

Sometimes sport sucks. No matter the outcome, it was a rotten shame that Jimmy Greaves did not feature in the 1966 World Cup final for England.

The same goes for Roy Keane and Paul Scholes with Manchester United at Nou Camp in 1999, or Laurent Blanc when France won the World Cup in Paris a year earlier. George Best never played so much as a minute in the finals of an international tournament.

Alex Partridge, a member of Great Britain’s coxless four rowing team, suffered a collapsed lung seven weeks before the 2004 Olympics. His place was taken by Ed Coode who, along with James Cracknell, had the idea of writing Partridge’s name on the front of their boat so he would always be first across the line.

Graeme McDowell said missing out on the Open at Royal Portrush would have been unbearable
Graeme McDowell said missing out on the Open at Royal Portrush would have been unbearable

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