Morning coffee, and a headache for me today. I spent too much time out in the sun and the 100 degree temps yesterday. I played in a city amateur, then hiked several miles in the local mountains. I have mild heat stroke.
After four holes Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa isn’t showing any signs of folding. Typically in major championships, players who are in his position tend to melt down. But Louis is looking good. He’s sitting on a five shot lead and nobody in the field is making any kind of run at him. Oosthuizen is leading in nearly every important statistical category.
Tiger Woods (currently tied for 27th) will be on his private jet on the way home before Oosthuizen finishes his round.
Phil Mickelson, who doesn’t typically play well in the (British) Open Championship is 13 shots back after 14 holes.
Paul Casey is in the final group and is five shots back. He’s +1 on the day.
Barring a nuclear meltdown, Ousthuisen will become a household name. I’ve already added him to the HOG tag list, which means he’s made the big time. But this is the Open and conditions are tough. Anything can happen.
About one hour after play was suspended at the Open Championship, play has resumed. Play would have resumed a few minutes earlier, but Sean O’Hair was missing in action and they had to wait for him to return.
Classic shot of the old fashioned, hand cranked leader board at St. Andrews:
“Play has been suspended due to high wind. LOL”
LOL!?!?! That is hilarious!
Play has been suspended due to high winds (over 40mph) at St. Andrews and the Open Championship. The winds are so high that balls won’t stay still in their original positions on the greens. Once the winds subside, play will resume.
A few scores of note
Louis Oosthuizen shot a 67 today and sits three shots ahead (-12) of yesterday’s leader Rory McIlroy. Mark Calcavecchia shot a nice 67 in these conditions to move up to 3rd on the leaderboard at -7. Paul Casey (69 today) is tied for 4th with Lee Westwood (71) at -6. Tiger Woods is on the course at -5 but hasn’t finished the first hole. Phil Mickelson finished his 2nd round and sits at even par.
The current cut line is even par, but in these conditions it is anticipated that the cut will move to +1 or +2.
Low scores abound in the first round at St. Andrews. Currently there are 70 players under par. A tie for the lowest round in a major championship by Rory McIlroy was posted, 63. He hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation. For once I made a good fantasy pick with Rory.
Tiger Woods is in the clubhouse with a 67 as well as Sean O’Hair (also on my fantasy team). A note on Tiger: He has left his Scotty Cameron putter in the garage this week and switched to a new Nike Method putter. I guess he read my Nike Method Putter review and decided to make the switch.
John (freaking) Daly posted a 66! There’s something about JD’s and links golf which just works. All that raw talent seems to jive with links style golf. John adjusted his driver down a degree and a half and that seems to be working.
Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood are just starting their rounds and are at even par after two and four holes prespectively.
Many more rounds to go but low scores are the news. Any players who haven’t posted rounds under par have missed out on a big opportunity today.
This is the 3rd part of a three part hole by hole guide of The Old Course at St. Andrews by my good friend and Old Course caddy John Boyne (Boynie). Part one is here and part two is here. My St. Andrews photo gallery (most of which were taken by Boynie) is here. This piece covers the final six holes of The Old Course, and how a professional golfer should fare. Many thanks to Boynie for this great resource. ~Tony Korologos
13th, Hole O’ Cross (In), 465 yards, Par4
Now the golf course begins. This magnificent par four plays as the second most difficult hole on the course after the 17th Road Hole not only during the Championship but also day to day.