Grey, cold, gloomy and miserable. That’s the Open Championship we know and love and, most importantly, what we expect. Muirfield, however, was played under gorgeous sunshine and blue skies Thursday and is forecast to remain that way at the 142nd Open Championship.
Whereas the weather is usually the overwhelming challenge at the Open, the fast and firm conditions are at the forefront of this championship. Zach Johnson (-5) navigated Muirfield to near perfection and is the first-round leader ahead of a Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-4) and the surprise of the tournament, 56-year-old Mark O'Meara (-4).
As expected, Phil Mickelson (-2) continued his terrific play of late, and Tiger Woods (-2) got his putter rolling and is in contention as he looks to snap his five-year drought without a major championship.
Keep on reading to see the other players to watch in Friday’s second round at Muirfield.