Open: Golfers Who Will Maintain Hot Starts in San Martin

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2012

SAN MARTIN, CA - OCTOBER 12:  Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium makes a tee shot on the 12th hole during round two of the Open at the CordeValle Golf Club on October 12, 2012 in San Martin, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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The Open is underway in San Martin, California, where some of golf's biggest stars have their sights set on the $5 million purse and a good start on the PGA Tour Fall Series.

With the first round in the books and the second round in progress, some players in the field have already set themselves up for an opportunity to have a big weekend. While some off to a good start are sure to fizzle, these golfers are sure bets to stay strong as the weekend kicks off, and should have a chance for the victory on Sunday.


Nicolas Colsaerts

Colsaerts is off to the best start of anyone in the field after two rounds, shooting a 65 in the first round and firing a 68 in the second, and is in the clubhouse shooting nine under par.

The 30-year-old Belgian is playing really well right now and was part of Europe's winning Ryder Cup team. Colsaerts played an integral role in the team's success, winning a fourball matchup against the team of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

Colsaerts is making his first appearance in a tournament since finishing in the top 10 at the Wyndham Championship. Expect Colsaerts to continue the impressive play. Colsaerts is definitely a name to keep an eye on.


Jonas Blixt

Swedish-born 28-year-old Jonas Blixt is off to a great start at the open after shooting back to back 68s in the first two rounds.

While Blixt's 68 isn't on par with the other golfers' best rounds, his consistency should bode well as the tournament moves on. Blixt is coming off of a third place finish at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Open so it should be no surprise that he's near the top of the leaderboard.

As long as Blixt remains steady, he should be a big player in the tournament come Sunday.


Billy Horschel

Billy Horschel put in a respectable Round 1 with a 67, but it's his second round performance that has him shooting up the leaderboard.

26-year-old Horschel caught fire in the tournament's second day. Coming in at six under par, Horschel birdied the final hole to take the lead going into the clubhouse.

With seven birdies in his impressive second round, Horschel clearly has a good feel for the course. Horschel has finished in the top 10 only once this year so it's a bit of a surprise to see him atop the leaderboard. This weekend could be huge for the overall success of Horschel's year.