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Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Game Is Finally Afoot

Well, the cut is made and the Open leaderboard is about as packed as it has ever been. No one is more than 7 shots back -- I believe Paul Lawrie made up 10 shots in one round when he beat Jean van de Velde at Carnoustie. I don't know that anyone could have predicted this:
  • Three of the top 6 are in their 40's.
  • Tom Watson sits 6 shots back and, with bad weather predicted, I bet more than a few players are nervous that the 61-year-old made the cut.
  • Phil's a mere 3 shots back, the best he's ever been after 2 rounds.
  • Both world #1 Luke Donald and #2 Lee Westwood missed the cut. World #3 Martin Kaymer is only 1 shot back, giving him a chance to snag 2 majors in 12 months.
  • Masters champ Charl Schwartzel is 2 back, with the chance to snag 2 majors in only 4 months.
  • Rory and Rickie are tied at even and paired together for the third round.
This is shaping up to be a wild ride.

And on the outside chance you missed it, let me post the latest viral golf video -- Miguel Angel Jimenez's answer to P90X:

The Mechanic is truly the most interesting man in golf.

BTW, 3 of my 4 picks are stil alive!
  • Steve Stricker, E
  • Sergio Garcia, E
  • Jason Day, +1
This must be some kind of record for me.

Finally, don't forget that the Open is being broadcast on ESPN this weekend, not on any of the standard channels. Bad weather is coming, so the carnage should be supremely entertaining!

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