Friday was a surprising day at the 2009 Open championship at Turnberry. Tom Watson recovers from a shaky start to his 2nd round and rebounds for an even par round of 70. It looked like the magic Tom Watson showed yesterday was all but gone but he found a way to regroup and regain a share of the lead with fellow American Steve Marino. Truly an amazing accomplishment on a day that featured high winds and high scores to match. Only time will tell is the golf gods will smile on Watson and grant him a 6th Claret Jug on the same course he won one on 32 years ago.
The real story was Tiger Woods missing the cut after shooting a 4-over 74. If the cut line doesn’t move to 5-over, he is likely miss the cut in this years Open Championship marking only the second time in his career that he missed a cut in the major championship. The only other time Woods missed the cut was at the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot shortly after his fathers’ death.
Despite making a bit of a rally by making birdie in the 16th and 17th holes, Wood’s chip from the back of the green on 18 came up short and the disappointing par left him one shot above the cut line.
This years Championship is shaping up to be a very memorable one, sadly the world’s number one player will have to watch it from home. I am sure that fans and televison networks are very disappointed.
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Edward S. Wanambwa
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