The wind seems to be as if it is selecting up
It seems to be a wee bit chilly and the rain remains to be falling – nonetheless extra mist than monsoon, nevertheless it’s more durable than it was earlier.
Niemann comes a cropper on the second
He is an exquisite younger expertise, however the Chilean discovered Cheape’s bunker off the tee and it turned out to be an costly mistake. He needed to chip out sideways earlier than his strategy discovered the entrance of the inexperienced. A poor first putt noticed the ball go sideways over a mound slightly than in direction of the outlet and he in the end walks off the outlet with a double-bogey six to fall again to one-under.
In the meantime, a gap forward Dustin Johnson birdies to get again to four-under.
An enormous speaking level to date has been concerning the gradual play
Here is our golf correspondent, James Corrigan, on the issue.
There appears to be a whole lot of glib feedback on social media – who would ever have thought it?! – relating to the tempo of play right here and the trendy execs being primarily responsible. Whereas the professionals have been allowed by the Excursions and governing our bodies to proceed snail-like and be overly deliberate – there have been pathetically few penalties imposed over time – the issue here’s a advanced situation involving…
1 – the vagaries of the Previous Course and its shared greens and touchdown areas and the pinch factors and so forth
2 – the failure of the powers-that-be to rein again the ball, kind out the gap situation, after which as a substitute must resort to brutal pin positions to guard the structure
3 – the agency circumstances themselves.
Here is hoping the little bit of rain we have had helps quicken it up as we speak. The third and fourth rounds needs to be about 41/2 hours.
Not solely is Swilcan Burn in play with the strategy at first
It is also enjoying with golfers’ minds on the inexperienced. Scheffler, as with DJ earlier than him, hits a poor first putt leaving him with a difficult putt for par.
The burn could also be just a few yards past the pin, however you possibly can see it placing again in direction of the flag and it is prompting a little bit of hesitation in just a few placing strokes.
Scheffleras with DJ, three putts on the opening gap and he drops again to it three-under.
Enjoying companions Hatton and Niemann begin with pars and keep at three-under and two-under respectively.
Bogey for DJ on the first
It is early days however regardless that it is solely at 357 yards as we speak the primary is enjoying over his par to date…one man including to that stat is Dustin Johnson. He is an the again of the inexperienced in two however his first putt leaves him a difficult six-footer for par which breaks on the final minute and he drops again to three-under.
Leishman posts a double bogey after his go to to the Swilcan Burn, he is at six-over now and actually struggling to make the minimize now.
Scottie Scheffler is making it look straightforward for the time being
He is within the type of his life and world No. 1 by far. As if for example my level he effortlessly posted a four-under 68 yesterday, as soon as once more quietly going about his enterprise. His second spherical is underway with an iron safely down the green.
Enjoying companions Joaquin Niemann (three-under) and Tyrell Hatton (two-under) additionally safely obtained their rounds began.
The pin on the primary…
…is just a few paces on the inexperienced, simply past the well-known/dreaded/historic (delete as relevant…) Swilcan Burn. That brings the water hazard into play and that is precisely what Mark Leishman has discovered – the Aussie’s strategy finds the burn and that is simply the beginning he did not need having began the day on four-over…
Goochie (not that one) is now at six-under
The world No 40 has birdied the third and joins Rory McIlroy in second place.
The greens are a bit damp and there’s, maybe, an opportunity to go low whereas the rain is round.
The group of DJ, Adam Scott and Mark Leishman are on the primary tee
It was a very good opening spherical for Saudi posterboy, Dustin Johnson, who fired a four-under 68, however the Australian pair have a bit of labor to do. Scott is at level-par, with Leishman on four-over.
All three are away safely down the well-known fairway.
Talor Gooch joins the group at five-under
The American was top-of-the-line of the late starters yesterday and he clearly obtained sufficient Zs in a single day as he birdied the primary to affix Robert Dinwiddie and Cam Smith in joint third place.
Si Woo Kim begins properly
The South Korean has birdied the primary to affix the group on four-under.
Channeling my inside Michael Fish
Yep, it is time for a climate report…
It is at present raining – extra mist than monsoon – however the solar is ready to make an look simply earlier than midday. The wind is not set to blow stronger than 13 miles an hour, so as soon as once more the principle protection the golf course may have are these tucked pins (and a take a look at as we speak’s flags suggests that when once more they’re tucked away…).
So what to make of Tiger’s opening spherical?
‘He can not stroll throughout St Andrews rolling contours pain-free, and even bend over to select up a tee peg with out flinching. As such, he has come to phrases along with his casting as a ceremonial golfer.’
Whereas we wait to see how he does in as we speak’s second spherical, it is clear that even his most fervent of followers should admit he’ll by no means get again to anyplace remotely near the nice golfer he as soon as was.
Here is Oliver Brown’s tackle that horror first spherical – Tiger Woods struggles on as Open romance collides with painful actuality
‘We’re watching extra golf than we ever have’
That is not what some golf nut stated whereas within the galleries on the Previous Course, slightly these had been the phrases of none aside from defending champion Collin Morikawa.
The American was complaining concerning the tempo of play on the dwelling of golf, with some teams taking up six hours to get by means of their 18 holes.
It is one thing that each golfer hates and positively would not have helped Tiger Woods, standing round for all that point.
Here is what among the gamers needed to say about it.
Chosen tee instances
08:03 Sungjae Im (Cor), Paul Casey (Eng), Gary Woodland
08:14 Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott (Aus), Marc Leishman (Aus)
08:25 Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Tyrrell Hatton
09:47 Padraig Harrington (Irl), Thomas Pieters (Bel), Keith Mitchell
09:58 Tiger Woods, Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng), Max Homa
10:09 Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm (Esp), Harold Varner III
12:09 Ian Poulter (Eng), Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Guido Migliozzi (Ita)
12:31 Phil Mickelson, Lucas Herbert (Aus), Kurt Kitayama
12:53 John Daly, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Tringale
13:04 Cameron Smith (Aus), Brooks Koepka, Seamus Energy (Irland)
14:04 Stephen Dodd (Wal), JT Poston, Lee Westwood (Eng)
14:49 Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Xander Schauffele
15:10 Shane Lowry, Justin Thomas, Victor Hovland (Nor)
15:21 Will Zalatoris, Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Tony Finau
A reminder of how the Leaderboard seems to be
Enjoying his first Open Cameron Younger shot a shocking 64 to have a two-shot lead after 18 holes. However some large names are lurking simply behind him.
Eight-under: Cameron Younger
Six-under: Rory McIlroy
5-under: Cam Smith, Robert Dinwidde
4-under: Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland, Brad Kennedy, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch, Kurt Kitayama, Barclay Brown (a)
Tiger Woods up towards it
For apparent causes there was a whole lot of deal with Tiger Woods coming into this historic Open (for these saying ‘when is not there any deal with the Large Beast?’ truthful level…). How would he fare having not performed since pulling out through the US PGA Championship? May his injured leg address the exertion of a gradual spherical on the mounds of the Previous Course? May his expertise of two wins on the hallowed fairways of the ‘Previous Girl’ of Fife trump his full lack of aggressive play?
Simply 10 minutes after his 2.59 tee time, the solutions to all these questions had been all however answered. Woods double-bogeyed the primary, having discovered the Swilcan Burn, and whereas it was greater than attainable he may claw these early dropped photographs again there was all the time extra hope than expectation that that may occur.
He was four-over by means of 4 and whereas he was capable of register birdies on the ninth, tenth and 14th he carded a six-over spherical of 78, for a spot method again in T-146th.
It was a downcast Woods who spoke to the press after the horror spherical.
“It seems like I did not actually hit it that dangerous. I did have dangerous velocity on the greens, sure,” Woods stated. “However I ended up in dangerous spots. Or simply had some bizarre issues occur. And that is simply the way in which it goes.”
He went on to disclose as soon as once more how essential it was for him to tee it up on the dwelling of golf this week.
“(It was) very, very significant,” he stated, “All issues thought-about, the place I have been, I hoped I may play this occasion this 12 months. And I’m. I simply did not do an excellent job of it.
“The gang was completely incredible,” he stated. “So supportive. They had been very respectful and really appreciative of all of us on the market as we speak, which was nice.”
It goes with out saying that Woods must make up appreciable floor if he’s to keep away from lacking the midway minimize on the scene of two of his best triumphs, in 2000 and 2005.
“Appears to be like like I’ll must shoot 66 tomorrow to have an opportunity,” he stated. “Guys did it as we speak. And that is my duty tomorrow to go forward and do it.”
On the proof of the primary spherical solely his most fervent supporters will again him to do exactly that. However he’s Tiger Woods and if anybody can plot their method spherical this well-known course when up towards it it’s him. But when he’s to make the weekend then, no matter all his exceptional wins and information, it will likely be one in all his most sensational achievements.
The Large Beast will get his second spherical underway at 9.58. Keep right here to learn the way he does it and for all of the motion from the house of golf.