Five-time Open champion Tom Watson is playing in his second to last Open Championship, and at 64-years-old, he made the cut after shooting consecutive 73s.
Justin Rose jump started his round with a couple 60-foot chip-ins on 9 and 10, and finished with a two-under 70. At two-under total, Rose will need a good weekend if he plans to track down the leaders.
As McIlroy continues to go low this afternoon, it is crucial for the players trailing him to shoot respectable scores. Adam Scott nearly shot himself out of the tournament, but managed to birdie 17 and 18 for a one-over 73, and a two day total of three-under par.
After an opening 74, which included hitting his second shot out of bounds on the final hole, Phil Mickelson was in danger of missing the cut. Lefty put those concerns to rest with a second round 70, which has him at level par for the championship.
One of the main responsibilities of a caddie is to make sure all of the clubs are accounted for. Justin Rose’s caddie, Mark Futcher, didn’t realize he had made a mistake until Rose noticed something wrong before he began his afternoon round.
Ernie Els is a two-time Open champion, but he shot himself out of the tournament with an opening 79. The worst part of his round came on the first hole when his tee shot struck a spectator in the face. Els saw the man’s bloody face, and after the round, said, “I felt pretty bad about it because I was trying to hit it, you know, left, which I did. And obviously I probably should have started to move the people left on the left side, but I didn’t do that. So I really felt bad hitting it there into the people, and hurting the guy the way I did. Hopefully, he’s better now, but it wasn’t very nice.”
In the first round of The Open Championship, Adam Scott set a blistering pace with a four-under 31 on the front nine. He said the wind during the inward nine was “much more demanding,” and he cooled off considerably for a four-under 68. Scott is tied for third place, two stroke behind Rory McIlroy.
It is surprising to see Jim Furyk has not played well at The Open in recent years because he has the experience and patience to contend at golf’s oldest championship. In the opening round at Hoylake, Furyk showed what he is capable of with a four-under 68 to tie for third place.
Rickie Fowler is back in the mix at a major championship. He fired a three-under 69 to currently tie for ninth place. “I’m definitely happy with the round. Made a lot of good swings out there. Made a lot of good putts. Just didn’t finish as strong as I’d like to. Good solid start at an Open, at a major. I’m happy about it.”
Sergio Garcia shot an opening 68 at Hoylake, and is two shots off the pace set by Rory McIlroy. Garcia said, “Every time you start a major championship and an Open with a 4-under, you’ve got to be pleased with it. Obviously, a couple of birdie chances on the last three that I would have liked to do better with, but I got a little bit lucky on 18, too, with my tee shot. I can’t really complain too much about it.”