17. 7. 2010
It was a very long day yesterday. The heavy rain was replaced by beautiful sunshine later on which, however, brought strong winds with it. So strong in fact that play had to be suspended at 2:40pm for an hour. The decision was made by the R&A on the basis that the golf balls were moving on the greens. This resulted in the delay of play and the last group teed of as late as 5:30pm.
The day saw some really high scores and number of players coming off the course were really flabbergasted by the conditions. They have had it all from heavy rain over to wind and sunshine. It could not have been a pleasant experience out on the course but after all that’s what makes the St Andrews Links golfing experience unique and this Open Championship in particular incomparable to any other.
The last groups came off the course close to 10:00pm last night. The persistent audience was rewarded by a fantastic tee shot of Tiger Woods on the 18th hole which landed just a few yards from the pin. To the delight of the spectators the “loved-by-the crowds” Tom Watson presented a birdie on the last hole finishing off the day by shepherding the last group to finish that day in. It was not just the audience that lasted till the end. So were the journalists welcoming the last groups back and getting their first impressions at the end of the eventful second round. I have to say that one of the most devoted media groups is the Japanese one. There were about 30 of them waiting for Ryo Ishikawa to interview him after he had finished in the last group together with Tom Watson. All wrapped up in several layers and furry hats they were as keen to get a line from their player in the darkness and cold as if it was a sunny midday.
There were several groups left on the course which did not manage to finish their second round yesterday and they teed off early this morning. The third round got fully underway at 10pm. It is rather sad to see Tom Watson miss the cut. The media were certainly up for another Tom’s success story and despite him finishing four over par they still loved interviewing him. The sensation he achieved last year at Turnberry is still very much alive and the journalists are just desperate to know how long Tom wants to continue playing yet and if he will make it to the next St Andrews Open Championship. It makes you think what a question to ask, no one knows what is going to be tomorrow. But Tom still handled it with graciousness and said he was up for more Open challenges yet.
This is now one of my favourites out of the game but it is great to see that Stephen Gallacher is still out there. He had a steady round yesterday with four birdies so let’s hope the weather conditions suit him today and he will move up the leaderboard.
The players were paired up for round three and it was 39 twoballs in total going out today. The last group teed off at 4:40pm so it was a late finish again.
Tomorrow is the decision time and the most exciting day when we will get to know who the next Open Champion is. If you are up for learning more about my week behind the scenes at The Open Championship follow this blog.
Posted on June 6, 2011 by admin@golfcomms