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By : BGA Proshop
You can probably say that the British Open is the most challenging major of the year. With unpredictable rain, wind and the course itself players have to use other parts of their game which they probably do not use in America if they are on the PGA Tour.
So we are halfway through the British Open and what have we learnt so far. The tournament is still wide open and anyone can still win. You might be well back after two rounds but if you get some calm playing conditions in the morning and the weather rolls in for the afternoon rounds, you might find yourself back up the leaderboard.
Some big names have made the cut but others are on their way home from the tournament. With Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Speith, Ricky Fowler, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods all playing the weekend and teeing off at different times it is going to be an interesting weekend. “Carnasty” bite hard at some and sent World Number 1 Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, John Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter packing from The Open.
Co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Zach Johnson have got to the lead in different ways. Kisner opened the tournament with a 5 under, 66 and then shot a 1 under 70 on Friday. Johnson shot an opening 69 and then was 4 under on Friday to become the overnight leader and heading into the weekend.
Out of the big guns, Jason Day had a solid round going on Friday until he finished bogey, bogey, bogey.
“It was miserable out there. It didn’t stop raining the whole time,” a drenched Day told AAP.
“It was just tough because by the end of it everything was wet. My whole bag’s wet, my clubs are wet.
“So it was a tough finish with a little bit of wind and the rain and being cold.
“I wish I could have the last four holes back but it is what it is. Hopefully, the lead doesn’t get too far out and I can get some nice weather tomorrow.
“Even if it’s windy, as long as it’s not wet, I’ll try and get myself back into it.”
Adam Scott also had a chance to finish in the top 10 but missed an 8 footer birdie on his last hole.
“I feel pretty good,” Scott said.
“My game didn’t feel great today. I just didn’t have the rhythm going this morning and didn’t feel as good as yesterday.
“But it’s funny because I wanted to make that one on the last, obviously but didn’t and missed a couple of short ones early in the round and still shot one under anyway.
“So maybe I’m playing better than I think, which is a good thing.
“Hopefully I’ve got my best stuff on the weekend. I’m going to have to have a really good round — that five-under round, ideally tomorrow — to get myself somehow into this tournament.”
Most eyes over the weekend will be on Tiger Woods. He is at even par for the tournament and has played solid without setting the world on fire. The question still on Woods is his putting. If he can hole some putts over the weekend we will see him up the leaderboard but if he fails again to hole putts he is going to stay midfield. For the world of golf we would like to see him play well again.