The four hole play off was a poor finish to the British Open Golf Championship

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I guess any kind of play off could be regarded as disappointing following 72 holes of great golf but Monday nights finish in the gloom at St Andrews was particularly flat.

Could it have been the weather or the unusual Monday finish? In any event I'm pleased it finished on the fourth extra hole, because I don't think I could have watched them playing the 18th time and time again.

Does anyone think the 18th is the most interesting hole on the course?


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There needs to be some serious thinking into how to improve or at least standardise the way play offs in the four majors are decided.

Each one is different but how anyone can justify the play off rules at the British Open is beyond me. What was the thinking that went into it? Well it's one step better than a toss up or drawing lots I guess.

Surely as a minimum a nine hole play off on the following day would be preferable. An eighteen hole play off would have my vote. Anything but what we had.

As golf loses its appeal, the lure of lycra intensifies and club memberships drop like a stone, tournaments like the British Open should be huge adverts for the game. Everything should be done to reverse the downward trend of the sport.

Sadly the rules of the British Open Golf Championship conspired to leave an empty feeling and do nothing to boost the sports popularity.

The only saving grace as far as I am concerned was the sparkling dulcet tones of Peter Alliss and Ken Brown on the BBC who, unlike the guys who set the play off rules, had a great day and made me laugh.

The Garry Player references – thousand cruches, falling into a bowl of muesli – priceless.

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