Rafael Echenique wanted for attempted robbery
Rafael Echenique played his final eight holes at the BMW Championship in eagle-birdie-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-DOUBLE EAGLE. The temerity of the thief, attempting to steal a tournament that Nick Dougherty had seized by the throat with a nearly-flawless first 15 holes of 8-under par. Nearly-flawless Nick, the annointed successor to Nick Faldo as best British Professional Nick, has been close before but had never assumed leadership as he did today.
In Echenique’s defense, the Argentine testified that he was merely attempting to follow the example set by countryman Angel Cabrera, who was last seen burgling the Masters when Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell inexplicably left the front door wide open. Echenique will have plenty of time to ponder the final-nine 27 that brought him oh-so-close to glory in Munich.
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One story I have heard is that on that day, Sarazen was playing with Walter Hagen, and he was deciding which club to use, whether it was worth taking on the green or play it safe, when Hagen shouted from across the fairway, asking him to hurry up because he had a big date after the round. Sarazen obliged, with a shot onto the green which went right into the cup.
As history would have it, Sarazen went on to win the Open and that was that. Even though the BMW International Open, might not have been quite a Major, but the way Rafa Echenique went about his business, he surely could have booked himself a spot in the history books, but for Dougherty’s three birdie on the run on the back-nine.
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