Are you updated on what is happening so far at the Open Championship? Some big names have gone home, but there’s plenty of heat atop the leader board from both familiar and new faces.
Ireland’s Shane Lowry and America’s JB Holmes share the lead at -8. Neither of them has won a major; the closest they’ve come is T2 and solo third, respectively.
Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood, major-less stars are right behind them at -7. Any of those four would make a worthy champion, but Westwood would be a hugely popular winner after so many years of close-but-not-quite.
There are 17 players within four strokes of the lead. Lurking a little further down the leader board are Justin Rose (-6), Jordan Spieth (-5), and Brooks Koepka.
Thursday afternoon and Friday morning contingent was the lucky half. Nearly all of the leaders other than Lowry played in that draw and took advantage of a day that started gentle and grew somewhat worse as it went on.
Thursday was not a pleasant day for Rory McIlroy as he began the day carding a quadruple-bogey eight on the very first hole. He, however, tried to make up for that, carding seven birdies against one bogey in the final round. Nevertheless, it didn’t look to be quite enough to make a cut.
McIlroy also absentmindedly missed a one-footer on Thursday which came out as one of the most crucial shots of his career. Without that, he would be playing the weekend in front of a home crowd that admires him.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have missed the cut together at a major for the first time. The two are only a few months removed from their last win, but neither of them looks like he’s in any danger of contending any time soon.
On the 32nd anniversary of Nick Faldo’s win at Muirfield, his pals at Golf Channel prepared a little anniversary tribute, featuring the guy who lost to Faldo by a single stroke … fellow commentator Paul Azinger.
There’s still more to expect as the tournament fires up again on Saturday morning, and it ought to be an excellent weekend of links golf, lads and lasses.