Hey golf fans, this is Will Leivenberg and I will be live blogging the rest of the second round of the British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Rory McIlroy has lost his lead, Tiger Woods has faltered early, and a surprise leader has stunned the field--Louis Oosthiuzen sits atop the leaderboard at 12-under-par.
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As the sun shined its final ray of light over the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of St. Andrews, play was suspended. Though 30 players still had holes left to play, they will finish early tomorrow morning.
Ryo Ishikawa drains a six-foot putt for birdie on the 18th to finish at three-under-par and officially makes it to the weekend at the Open Championship. After Ishikawa took off his hat to shake the hand of his playing partner Tom Watson, the two men--60- year-old Watson and 18-year-old Ishikawa--shared a few words that were undoubtedly enlightening, kind and special for the two men.
Tragic couple of days for Padraig Harrington, who shoots 73, 77 and will miss the cut for the British Open.
Watson nearly holes out for eagle from the fairway on the 18th!
As one of the commentators just mentioned, Watson is a player who had a shadow cast over his impeccable career due to playing with the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. However, as he has continued to not just play, but legitimately compete and contend, his skills and the memories he's given the world of golf have been illuminated.
Woods made birdie on his final hole, establishing a sense of momentum that he will most definitely need as he heads into the weekend at four-under-par, eight shots behind the leader at British Open.
Think about all the talented players who were expected to make big moves at the Open Championship who will miss the cut: Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Zach Johnson, Tom Watson, Chris Wood.
Woods' eagle putt just lipped out, which would have brought him back to even-par on the day and five-under-par for Championship.
After Tom Watson struck his drive on the 18th hole, can we assume it is his last time crossing the 18th fairway at St. Andrews?
The 17th hole has yielded only two birdies throughout round two.
Tiger Woods nearly holed out off the tee from 357 yards on the par-4 18th. He absolutely pummeled his drive, launching it high and to the right, allowing for the right to left wind to carry it down the center. Sure enough, his ball slammed into the fairway and then rolled up the green and came within inches of hitting the flagstick. That is the way to finish off a round.
Woods just hit his notorious stinger beneath the wind and got an incredible bounce onto the green and will now have a 10-foot birdie opportunity. Tiger needs to convert on a least one birdie as he finishes up his round considering the plethora of dropped shots due to disastrous putting throughout his second round. He's currently -3.
Tiger Woods has 208 yards into the green on the 17th. But, with a 25mph wind attacking from his right side, he will need to hit a 230-yard shot the stays under the wind.
No gimmies. No tricks. Just the game at its purest--at St. Andrews.
It's official: round 2 of the British Open has produced 14 rounds in the 80's.
Watch out for Sean O'Hair. Not only did he just birdie the 17th hole, which is undeniably the hardest hole on the golf course (and possibly in the world), but he's five-under-par for the Open Championship and could potentially shoot an even-par 72 for his second round.
One of the ESPN commentators just posed an intriguing question: If the greens of the Old Course at St. Andrews are the same as they always have been, and Tiger Woods has won the British Open two times on this course (2000 and 2005), why would he change his putter?
The 18th hole at the Old Course is 357 yards. Ernie Els just pummeled his drive through the green, meaning probably about 375 yards. Els' stroke is the ultimate fusion of fluidity and power.
Heading into his 15th hole, Ryo Ishikawa, the 18-year-old prodigy, has only dropped one shot in his second round and currently sits at three-under-par for the Open Championship. Though he has a few holes left to go, Ishikawa has just about secured his place in the weekend; a remarkable feat for the young star.
After pulling his par-putt dead left, Tiger Woods bogeyed No.15 and has dropped to 3-under-par.
Ernie Els has made seven bogeys and no birdies in his second round. As he approaches the 18th hole, Els needs to birdie in order to make the projected cut at +2.
It looks like Phil Mickelson will make the cut, despite two mediocre rounds of 73, 71 and being even-par for the Open Championship. Lefty has been a major let down thus far considering he is not only the No.2 ranked player in the world, but he had substantial momentum coming into the British Open after winning the Masters this year and a T4 at the US Open.
Tiger Woods (-4) is still eight strokes off the lead with five holes to go in the second round of the Open Championship.
Tom Watson just stuck his ball to five feet on a tucked pin position at No.14. With the wind howling from right to left, Watson clipped his ball and threw it low and to the right, letting the wind draw it back towards the hole. Perfect execution from one of golf's greatest champions.
Rory McIlroy just finished his second round and carded an eight-over-par 80, which stings after his record tying nine-under-par 63.
In one of the Old Course's multitude of road bunkers, Stewart Cink just aimed backwards to hit out. At St. Andrews, sometimes that's the safest play.
Nick Watney may card one of the lowest second rounds among the afternoon players. He is currently one-over-par on the day and -4 for the Open Championship. He is the kind of player that doesn't make many mistakes, which could bode well for him come the weekend.
Tom Watson came just a foot short of draining his birdie putt on No.13. He remains at +3 for the Championship, but just hasn't had that same spark that propelled him to the spotlight of last year's epic British Open.
Jin Jeong is not only the low amateur in the Open Championship so far, but he is in contention at five-under-par. After winning the British Amateur title last month, 20-year-old Jeong is one of the few young players who has continued to play sizzling, consistent golf through his second round.
Woods just barely missed his par putt at No.13, carding another bogey and dropping to -4 for the Open Championship. With two three-putt bogeys on holes No.1 and No.2, one can't help but wonder how Tiger feels about his choice to switch putters after an ebb and flow day like today.
The morning golfers literally played a different course than the afternoon players, and the array of scores are a testament to that.
Is Rory McIlroy golf's version of Ray Allen? (Allen broke the record for most three-pointers in NBA Finals game with eight, and then went 0 for 13 in his next game from behind the three-point line).
Rory McIlroy is desperately holding his finish after every shot, perhaps hoping that if he poses with his picture-perfect finish his ball will creep closer to the hole. The reality, however, is harsh. McIlroy has struggled from tee to green throughout his second round, currently seven-over-par through 14 holes.
Tiger Woods is not just hanging around, but he is a legitimate, threatening contender for this Open Championship title. Louis Oosthiuzen currently has the lead at 12-under-par, but Tiger continues to execute solid shots that are facilitating viable birdie opportunities. He is currently at 5-under-par through 13 holes.
It looks like the cut will be around one or two-over-par after the second round of the British Open. The brutal course conditions have just trampled these players.
Lucas Glover has played exceptional golf throughout his round today. Though he is two-over-par in his second round and -3 for the Open Championship, Glover has been one of the better putters on the day, displaying what earned him the 2009 US Open major victory.
Tiger just struck his second shot hole-high and will now approach a relatively flat putt for birdie on the 12th hole.
John Daly had just one birdie and five bogeys en route to a second round 76. After being the biggest story of the Open Championship--and not simply because of his ridiculously loud, colorful clothing--shooting a six-under-par 66, his second round was 10 shots more as the fierce conditions of St. Andrews revealed itself.
With the wind growling from the right side, Tiger Woods just launched a drive on the 12th hole, just missing the fairway, but is in excellent position to attack the pin for a birdie opportunity. Woods is currently at five-under-par and even-par on the day.
There is a incredibly talented batch of golfers currently at 5-under-par, including Ricky Barnes, Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, Graeme McDowell, and Miguel Jimenez.
Also, 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa continues to fervently battle the arduous conditions of the Old Course and remains at 4-under-par for the Open Championship.
Rory McIlroy has officially collapsed. After leading the Open Championship and nearly breaking the record for the lowest score in an opening round of a major championship (-9, 63), Rory is 7-over-par in the second round today, and now at -2 for the Championship. Tragic.
Flagsticks continue to bend, hats continue to fly off, and the challenge of the Old Course at St. Andrews continues to relentlessly develop. The players who competed early in the morning had a substantial advantage, whereas everyone on the course now is just begging for a break.
After shooting a terrific 3-under-par yesterday, Ernie Els has made five bogeys in 11 holes in round 2. Throughout the round, his putting has truly been his Achilles Heel. He's not gauging the speed well, let alone reading the break like he usually does. But between the firmness of these greens and the constant, fierce, 30mph winds, putting consistently has become nearly impossible at the Open Championship.
John Daly just got an incredible bounce forward on his drive on the par-4 18th hole, which is 357 yards and he nearly driving the green. Daly may not be the same player he was in 1995 when he won the British Open, but he can still bomb the ball.
Rickie Fowler, the 21-year-old phenom, struggled in his first round of the Open Championship shooting a seven-over-par 79. But, Fowler battled back to card a five-under-par 67 in his second round and now sits at +2 for the Championship, anxiously waiting to see whether his score will be enough to compete over the weekend.
78 players at 1-over-par, meaning the cut-line may move to two-over-par. Was anyone expecting this after yesterday's avalanche of under-par scores? Or, were golf fans secretly hoping the conditions would become more difficult? Either way, St. Andrews refuses to let up.
When the wind is growling like today, the par-4 17th hole at St. Andrews is arguably the most difficult hole in the world. It may compete with the par-3 island green at TPC Sawgrass, but players at the Old Course are hardly averaging par today.
Tiger Woods' brand new putter was solid yesterday, but has been a big question mark today. However, Woods just drained a birdie putt--perfect speed and fluid stroke--to finish his front nine at even-par and stands at 5-under-par for the Open Championship.
Meanwhile, McIlroy continues to struggle after a four-putt on No.10.
Paul Casey is in the clubhouse at 6-under-par with two rounds of 69. Casey is one of the most talented players on Tour who fuses his excellent ball-striking with his touch on and around the greens. He has wide-ranging experience on links courses and could be a legitimate threat on the weekend at the Open Championship. Expect a top-10 finish at least.
Sitting in what looked like a green crater, which is standard on the Old Course, Rory McIlroy launched a putt up the hill for birdie, but watched it slowly crawl back into the pit of despair. Rory's round is slowly collapsing and it's gut-wrenching to watch.
Sir Nick Faldo is 7-over-par through 15 holes. Maybe he should stick to the commentator's booth.
Calling all golf fans: don't forget that the Old Course at St. Andrews is open to the public, but be prepared to dish out 130 euro ($167).
Leaderboard Update: Louis Oosthiuzen: -12, Mark Calcavecchia: -7, Paul Casey and Lee Westwood: -6, Rory McIlroy: -5, Nick Watney, Tiger Woods and Retief Goosen: -4
This Open Championship is absolutely fascinating to watch because week in and week out golf fans watch in awe as the pros conquer golf courses, such as Steve Stricker shooting 26-under-par in four rounds at the John Deere Classic. But at St. Andrews, nothing is being given to these guys. It's humbling to watch them think their way around the golf course, make mistakes and have to battle back.
"You can see how determined he is and depending on how he plays today, he could be a threat over the weekend." - Colin Montgomerie discussing Tiger Woods
Two-time British Open champion Padraig Harrington is already 3-over-par in his second round and 4-over-par for the Championship.
With the wind at his back, Woods didn't follow through on his putting stroke and missed a viable birdie opportunity and remains at 4-under-par.
Tiger just hit his first, truly precise shot of the day on 7th hole from 124 yards. He played a low shot that rode the left to right wind, landed it short and let the ball roll towards the pin. At 4-under-par, Woods will have a 10 to 12 foot putt for birdie that may jumpstart his round.
Worldwide conundrum: Who is Louis Oosthiuzen? He's a South-African professional ranked No. 54 in the world. He won a European Tour event earlier this year, the Open de Andalucia de Golf. However, he has missed the cut in his last three British Open attempts.
Without a birdie to his name, John Daly has made four bogeys in his last 12 holes. For a guy who blistered through St. Andrews yesterday, his performance today is either a testament to these intensely arduous conditions, or it's just another typical Daly let-down.
Justin Rose just spent around 45 seconds standing over a two-foot putt and totally missed the hole. He sits at 1-under-par for the Open Championship, but was a player many expected to hold, or be near, the lead at this point in the event, considering his recent stellar play (two wins in his last three events).
When Tim Clark, who is ranked No.4 in Putting Average on the PGA Tour, is running putts ten feet past the hole you know something is wrong.
The majority of players are approaching their putts with an extremely wide stance, which acts as a solid foundation when putting in these roaring, Scottish winds.
You've got to wonder whether or not these players are enjoying themselves in the least. The flags on the greens are ceaselessly blowing back and forth. From Els to Woods, everybody looks totally thrown off.
Rory McIlroy has dropped four shots in his first eight holes and though he doesn't appear flustered, he must be feeling tense as the wind has become relentless.
Colin Montgomerie is acting as one of the commentators in the ESPN booth, and just yesterday Rocco Mediate came in after his round to provide analysis. In what other sport does an athelete compete for five straight hours and then become a commentator?
Tiger Woods opened his second round with two bogeys resulting from consecutive three-putts, which is unheard of for Woods.
John Daly has once more refused to consult a mirror before hitting the links. Pink pants--enough said.
We are picking up the second round of the Open Championship and make no mistake, the wind has come alive at the legendary Scottish track. Whereas firmness and wind were nearly non-existent in yesterday's first round, players are now facing howling winds of up to 30mph.