Five-time Open champion Tom Watson found the magic once again. He followed an opening bogey with five birdies throughout the final round for a 68. At one-over for the tournament, Watson is currently T53.
What are the players saying at the 143rd Open Championship? Many have talked about putting a 2-iron in their bag to fight the windy conditions, and how the course is playing compared to the ’06 Open at Hoylake. On Thursday, we will see which course strategy works the best, but for now, it’s all about the quotes.
Tom Watson is arguably the greatest links player of all-time. He won The Open in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, and 1983. In addition, he lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink at the 2009 Open Championship at the age of 59. He is in the field for this year’s Open, and the R&A has extended a special exemption for Watson to play in the 2015 Open at St. Andrews.
The top 25 players in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings are eligible for uniform fittings at this week’s Memorial Tournament. (Now, this year, that list reads a little strange compared to previous ones.) You could feel the buzz for the biennial matches against Europe starting to heat up — just through the conversations I eavesdropped on the driving range Tuesday afternoon.
Colin Montgomerie broke his U.S. tournament schnide in a major way at the Senior PGA Championship. Monty’s six-under 65 gave him a four shot victory over fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson.
Colin Montgomerie is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, yet remarkably, he has never won an event in the United States. Many of his best chances came at the majors, where he had three second place finishes at the U.S. Open. Monty has a chance to ease the sting of those near misses if he can break through the packed leaderboard at the Senior PGA Championship.
Adam Scott has been looking forward to the Open Championship all year for obvious reasons, of course. With added confidence and a tougher mentality, Scott is gunning to avenge his collapse coming down the stretch last year at Royal Lytham.
Tiger Woods will play with 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, who won the French Open a few weeks ago, and 2010 British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen, who has been recovering from an injury, in the first two rounds of the Open. The threesome won’t hit their opening tee shots at Muirfield until 2:45pm BST (9:45 EST).
Fresh off his thrilling Scottish Open victory, Phil Mickelson is paired with the world no. 2 Rory McIlroy, who has been struggling as of late, and Japanese rising star Hideki Matsuyama. They’re set to start at 9:44am BST (4:44am ET). Better set those alarms! And some of you troopers on the West Coast might still be up or will try to stay awake.