Well, the first two rounds are officially in the books as of this morning due to the wind suspension. While the early golfers had the advantage through the first two rounds, it should even out in the third and fourth rounds. Here are the Nike athletes that made the cut (+2) at The Open;
T3 after 36 holes :: 69 69 :: -6
For Casey to be in 3rd is impressive. He had a later tee time in Round 1, he hung in there and had a great score. Day 2 say him play well, but failed to really take advantage. After 2 bogeys in his first round, Casey went bogey free in round two. While Casey is in 3rd place, he’s still 6 shots back with Westwood. Casey has a great chance to win.
T14 after 36 holes :: 67 73 :: -4
Tiger’s opening round should have been at least 7-under as he was clearly missing some short putts, but his 67 was great. Similar story on Friday missing some putts, but his +1 was the second best round of the afternoon and he would probably be tied for 1st if everyone was playing under the conditions he did yesterday afternoon. However, Tiger should stil be around come Sunday and he’s still my pick to win. Hopefully the weather cooperates with him on Saturday.
T28 after 36 holes :: 68 74 :: -2
As you can tell from his scores, Trevor had an early time on Thursday and an afternoon time on Friday. However, this is probably the most impressive showing to me. I think Trevor is finally healthy and ready to get back into Major form.
T38 at 36 holes :: 67 76 :: -1
G’Lover was tied with Tiger after the first round, but yet again, afternoon tee times killed his score. While Glover went 4 over, he was playing with McIlroy who shot +8. Glover just needs to stay in there and can play with the confidence he gained from Thursday’s round.
T43 after 36 holes :: 69 75 :: E
Dyson took advantage of one of the earliest tee times on Thursday, but a later tee time on Friday saw him fall back to even. We know he’s familiar with St. Andrews and hopefully he can get under par for a few rounds and sneak in a Top 25.
T43 after 36 holes :: 70 74 :: E
Friday didn’t help Cink’s defense, as he was paired with Els who shot +7 in a late tee time. It was good for Cink to only shoot +2, which was the third best score of the afternoon. However, I think (like last year) Cink does better in the majors when the score is close to even par.
T68 after 36 holes :: 71 75 :: +2
Sitting on the cut line doesn’t look to good for Charl, but Charl battled hard for his 71 on the first day. While Charl came over some St. Andrews jitters on his Front 9 on Thursday, Charl birdied 5 of the 9 holes on the Back 9 which is a great sign of hope. Charl should make a big move as he’ll have an early tee time on Saturday.
Missed Cut : David Duval, Justin Leonard and Francesco Molinari