The 2002 British Open is being called a "blanket finish". What does this term mean, and where did it come from?

The term blanket finish came from horse racing. It refers to an extremely close race, where the horses are right against each other and running neck-to-neck. It means that the horses are so tightly grouped that you could throw a single blanket over them all.

In the same manner, a blanket finish in golf is when all the golfers have ended up with the same score and any one of them could get that extra small boost to win the tournament.

For example, in the 2002 British Open, the course conditions changed drastically from morning to evening. The players who were furthest from the lead went first, and had good conditions. The players who were in the lead started much later, at which point the weather had become much worse. This equalized the field to the point that many sure-winners were almost out of the running.

Tiger Woods lost over 40 places in just the first 9 holes on Saturday. A couple of players that played early in the day, who were in 40th when they finished their own rounds, had moved up into the top 10 as the other players lost strokes during their own play.

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