Not me, the young Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland leads the Open going into day 2 of the 139th Open Championship. The young man, tipped for the top showed some true magic yesterday, albeit helped by the eerily calm conditions. Take nothing away from the young man however, wind or no wind, St. Andrews commands respect as many of those the wrong side of level par will confirm. So the young man leads the way with a course record equalling 63, (9 under par!). As for the rest, there a few back on 6 under and large group hot on their heels at 5 under, including the main threat, Tiger.
Tiger had an indifferent day, some signs of his dominance in the sport, but also a few signs of his not so hot recent form. It just shows the true competitive nature of the man however, 5 under par around St. Andrews on the opening day of the Open and he is not at all happy. A few missed puts out there, especially on the 17th leading to a bogey and missed opportunity at 18 for an easy birdie will play on his mind long into the night. As for the new putter, I don’t know what all the fuss was about, the media could not think of anything else when he announced he would be using a new putter – I tell you, if I putted like that with any putter I would be more than happy.
The weather looks to play an important part of the Open once again, St. Andrews, Just 20 miles east of Edinburgh and 50 miles east of Glasgow was yesterday dead calm, with not a breath of wind (very unusual), until early afternoon when the wind picked up and few meaningful showers drenched the later end of the draw. The best scores were posted in the morning no doubt and McIlroy took full advantage, but of the afternoon tee slots, England’s own Lee Westwood set the pace with a very impressive 5 under par in what were pretty gusty conditions. The English man hit a purple patch and hit 5 consecutive birdies to put him in a good position going into day 2.
So what will day 2 bring? Who will miss the cut? Its looking to be an sub-par cut this year with all the great scoring of yesterday, however some wind and rain will be a real leveller today and will no doubt sort the men from the boys.
My tip is for Tiger to show his strength in character and show the world of golf that he has still got what it takes, but the young McIlroy and UK’s Chris Wood will push him all the way.