Jul
17
2009
The Woes of Ian Poulter and Geoff Ogilvy at the British Open
By Stephanie Wei under General

Sigh. My picks for the British Open are struggling this week and won’t be seeing weekend play. Ian Poulter is in 152nd place. That’s right, 152nd! He hadn’t made a birdie all week until his 35th hole. Yikes. Otherwise, he would have been one stroke away from DFL. Instead he’s two strokes away! Oh Poults, I feel for you.

During the first round coverage, one of the announcers said that perhaps Poults was too worried about his appearance. He suggested this as the reason for the bad showing. To me, that argument is completely ridiculous and baseless regardless of your opinion on Pouter’s outlandish clothing choices. (Personally I like them.)

Geoff Ogilvy, who is fourth in the FedEx Cup standings, almost matched Poulter’s stellar performance. Ogilvy started the year hot, winning the Mercedes Benz Championship and the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This week he fired 13-over-par — only besting Poults by one shot.

Poulter and Ogilvy are two of the top-ranked golfers in the world. I find their poor showings rather, well, shocking and embarrassing (obviously), but also inexcusable. Everyone is entitled to a bad week, but seriously?! Golfers of their caliber just shouldn’t be two strokes from last place. That’s right, DFL. This also goes to show how good Tiger is. He is playing terribly — for him — but shot one-over-par. He’s even in the second round through four holes. It looks like the putts aren’t dropping for him so far.

With half the field still on the golf course, your leader in the clubhouse after 36 holes is Steve Marino at 5-under-par. He earned a spot in the tournament at the last minute when Shingo Katayama withdrew. As noted by the announcers, this is Marino’s first time playing links golf – sometimes that’s almost better – nothing to lose and no expectations. Post-round he said it was the hardest course he’s ever played. It sure doesn’t seem that way. So far, he’s dodged the wrath of Turnberry. I bet Poulter and Ogilvy wish they could say the same. Well played, Steve.

Stay tuned for more this afternoon.

[Update: Tiger Woods is not as invincible as I thought. He’s human! He’s seven-over-par and likely going to miss the cut. Then again, he could make birdie on #16 and eagle on #17. It’s possible. We clearly never know with Tiger!]

[Photo by Harry How/Getty Images Europe]