Saturday, 19 July 2008

British Open - Second Round

Luckily for the players, conditions were more benign on Friday, although this could be the calm before the storm if today's forecast is to be believed. Some of the big guns got their act together in the second round to make the cut, including Els, Mickelson and Westwood. Several players took advantage of the conditions to move into contention, not least Camilo Villegas who posted a brilliant 65 which included 5 straight birdies to finish.

Defending champion, Padraig Harrington, also finished spectacularly with birdie-par-eagle-birdie to finish up within 3 of the leader, K.J. Choi (-1). The only player under par at the half way point, K.J. has played very solidly thus far. It remains to see how he can cope with the high winds although he did play well on Thursday in awful conditions. I'm sure all those prayers from home in Korea will propel him along.

Story of the tournament so far though has to be the performance of the Great White Shark himself, Greg Norman. He has been rolling back the years with some great golf this week, despite being practically an occasional golfer these days. Consecutive rounds of par has the 53 year old hall of fame inductee alone in second and the only man not to go over par in either of his rounds. Now wouldn't that be a great story if Norman could make history by becoming the oldest ever major winner by 5 years.

It's also great to see former champion, David Duval, back in form and contending after a torrid time for the past few years.

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