Watching the British Open has convinced me that Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland, is not the favorite choice of professional golfers. Day two showed no favoritism, it was tough for everyone.
Zack Johnson was at the top of the leaderboard as he began the second round. He was 5 under-par. Tiger Woods began his second 18 holes at 2 under.
At the end of 36, the leader is now Miguel Angel Jiminez, the 49-year-old Spaniard who is at 3 under-par. Woods remained at 2 under.
If the Open ended today, Muirfield would be declared the winner of this contest. Winds, stronger as the day progressed, heat, and hard, fast greens had golfers shaking their heads.
The most animated display of frustration came from South Africa’s Charl Scwartzel on Thursday. His second poor shot in a row saw him break his six iron in half. He called the course ‘unfair,’ and ‘disgusting.’ He did rally on Friday to shoot the lowest score of the day at 68, and is one over par for the tournament.
Tiger Woods said he had to ‘grind it out all day.’ He birdied the 18th hole, to place him at 2 under-par, just one shot off the leader Jiminez.
“I hadn’t made a birdie since the fifth so it was nice to make one on the last and improve the card.”
Woods is attempting to win his 15th major tournament. He hasn’t won a major since 2008.
Woods and Graeme McDowell were paired together. Both shot a 71.
“The golf course is getting quick – it was slow this morning,” added Woods, who is in a four-way tie for second behind Miguel Angel Jimenez.
“G [McDowell] and I were talking about it today – how slow [the putts] are up the hill. Today we couldn’t get one in the hole.
“The wind direction was one thing. The greens are different speed and are progressively drying out. I was fighting it and G was fighting it.
“It’ll be a fun weekend. This course will be difficult.”
A fitting comment for the number one golfer in the world. While many complain about the course, Woods sees it as a challenge.
The second day of the British open was tough for everyone.
Alfred James reporting