At end of Day 2 of The Open Championship, the lowest score was 66 by Zach Johnson on Day 1. The highest was an 88 by American Scott Percy on Day 2, a day that has produced even more surprises than those of Day 1’s. Very exciting.
Zach Johnson is no longer the leader. Neither is he at No.2 or No.3. With a score of 75, he is Joint 6th, with Angel Cabrera and two others. His bogey at 15th followed by a double bogey at 16th effectively dashed his rule at the top. Cabrera, the guy who lost the Masters playoff, was leading briefly at one stage, finished with -1.
Our new leader is – surprised? – Minuel Jimenez. By a slim margin of one shot but leader nonetheless. But so many others are snapping at his heels. Plenty of guys with scores of -2, -1. Such as Tiger Woods.
Tiger must have been surprised, too, that suddenly he is Joint 2nd with Lee Westwood (68) and 2 others, long after he has completed his round of 71 (he is not surprised?). Mickelson is at +1, along with several others including Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter.
Shiv Kapur, T-4th on Day 1, went around Muirfield 9 strokes more than he did on Day 2, and so ended up with a score of +6 overall. The good thing is, he made the cut. Which in itself is a great achievement for Mr. Kapur. And for Indian golf.
On Day 1 he was a surprise joint leader but on Day 2, 56-years-old Mark O’Meara couldn’t find the magic touch. The former Open Champion shot 78 (40+38) as against 67 (31+36). But he is still way better than the much younger Rory McIlroy who will go home searching for answers as to what exactly has gone wrong with his game.
Of the three Thai players (sorry, we said there two of them yesterday): Thongchai made it on the line – he scored overall 8+. Kiradech Aphibarnrat 12+, and Thaworn Wiratchant 14+ did not make it. Kiradech especially must have been thoroughly disappointed: he was so good on Day 1 (72) but came apart on Day 2 shooting 85 (no birdie, 7 bogeys, 1 triple bogey, 2 double bogey). Anyway, bye bye Scotland for them.
Also not around on Saturday and Sunday (score of +9 151 or worse): such big names as US Open winner Justin Rose (+10), Vijay Singh, Rickie Fowler, Nick Faldo.
Final total scores Day 2:
1 Miguel A. Jimenez -3 68+71 =139
T2 Henrik Stenson -2 70+70 =140
T2 Lee Westwood -2 72+68 =140
T2 Tiger Woods -2 69+71 =140
T2 Dustin Johnson -2 68+72 =140
T6 Martin Laird -1 70+71 =141
T6 Rafael Cabrera-Bello -1 67+74 =141
T6 Zach Johnson -1 66+75 =141
T6 Angel Cabrera -1 69+72 =141
10 Ryan Moore Even 72+70 =142
Even more exciting weekend awaits!!