The weather has been mostly non existent here at the 141st Open Championship. It has been sunny and calm, with relatively no wind (especially on day two). There has been rain, but not much on the players, so the greens are soft. When the greens are wet they get slower (which means more putts are made), they are softer so pros can fire at the pins and put a ton of spin on the ball, and the scores are lower. In fact we have a 36 hole record tied at this years Open Championship. -10 under par for 36 holes is the lowest 36 hole score in Open History. Nick Faldo, and Brandt Snedeker both have claim to that title — 36 holes -10 under par.
I am not sure if it is a record but Brandt is not only our leader after 36, or a record holder at the Open Championship, but the man has not made a bogey in 36 holes. In an interview Brandt said that he was playing well, but putting great. He has made every putt that he has looked at, and it is tough to beat a guy who is #1 in Green in Regulation so far this week, playing from the fairway, and making putts like the course owes him money. Brant has been in the lead before going into a weekend (08 Masters), but he has yet to close the deal. Maybe this weekend?
Adam Scott has surprised me and possibly the rest of the world so far at the Open Championship. After a first round 64 (one shot off the lowest round in a major championship) he follows up with a -3 67 to get to a 36 hole total of -9 under one shot back from Snedecker. Adam is hitting the ball great, #1 in driving distance, giving himself plenty of chances with the broomstick putter. If Adam was putting like Snedecker, he would have set a new 36 hole record and would be on a Rory @ Congressional pace. Either way he is in the last group of a Major Championship, and he is a contender.
Tiger Woods: Tiger Woods gets more TV time than any man on the planet, but he does make for great TV. Tiger played a great second round yesterday, with only one bogey and four birdies he is in a spot to scare that 15th major championship victory. Tiger is playing a thinking mans game. Plotting around this golf course with long irons and setting priority on hitting fairways (which he has done an incredible job of). The shot of the day for Tiger? The bunker shot on 18. Another Sports Center shot and highlight for Mr. Woods. After a pretty awful approach shot found the bunker, TW holes out for birdie and we get a Tiger fist pump of old. Tiger looks good, and he is only a few shots back. He is gonna need a nice Saturday round of 68 or 69 at least to find himself in one of the last three groups, and have a great chance at his first major since 2008.
One last side note from the Chicago Golf Guy, Kyle Stanley loves links golf. He has made the most birdies of the week so far, but has followed up some of those birdies with a few too many bogeys. I think Kyle is a man to watch for future Open Championships. Only his second Open Championship, and he is showing the knowledge and ability to play links golf well. Keep an eye on that guy bookies, or you might get burned next year.