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Friday, July 21, 2017

Austin Connelly amongst the leaders, round 2 at Royal Birkdale

The Open leaderboard https://www.theopen.com/

Round 2 is well under way at Royal Birkdale and here's what you need to know about the weather.

The wind is blowing completely the opposite from round 1, for example the first was dead into the wind yesterday, today Rory nearly drove the 425 yard first with a 379 yard 3 wood !! ( He made his birdie and is currently back to E)

It will be gusting up to 40mph, and the rain is scheduled to arrive for the late wave. Players are all talking about playing along the ground today, get a few breaks and make a few putts.

Even par is a very good score today.

Canada's Austin Connelly is playing in the early wave, he has a birdie already and is at -4 through 12 holes, just 2 shots off the lead currently held by Matt Kuchar at -6.

More to follow..

Bryan Angus

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Open weather at Royal Birkdale.. sees Spieth, Koepka. Kuchar in an American lead

The Open leaderboard https://www.theopen.com/

Royal Birkdale was much more kind than it was nine years ago when Paddy Harrington won, in raging wind and rain. The 146th Open began in cool temperatures, a light rain but a strong wind.

Two great bunker shots by leaders Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka one for par, one for eagle led to a -5 65 who along with Matt Kuchar led to the opening round lead of the Open.

Austin Connelly was the top Canadian in his first major, sitting just two strokes back of the leaders with -3 67. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., opened at 1 over 71.

The American Ryder Cup trio have a joint first round lead of one stroke over England’s Paul Casey (66) and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (66). Two strokes further adrift are six others, including a fired up Ian Poulter (67) along with Connelly.

Spieth, the bookies 14-1 favourite had this to say post round. "Everything was strong,” he said. “I give it a nine across the board for everything - tee balls, ball-striking, short game and putting. So things are in check"

Rory is at +5.. and struggling. However there may be a silver lining.  After dropping the five shots in the first six holes, his caddie, J P Fitzgerald, read the riot act to him: “You’re Rory McIlroy, what the hell are you doing?” 

It had the desired effect. McIlroy finished the day on one over par, and still within reach of the leaders. The four-time major champion did not drop a shot after the sixth, and picked up birdies at the 11th, 15th, 17th and 18

Henrik Stenson, seeking back-to-back victories in the championship, had an opening -1 69 as did former world No.1 Jason Day, all in black with white high topped shoes. Stenson had this to say. “I will definitely take that start. I think I could have been one or two shots better and finished two to three under. That would have been a pretty good reflection of how I played"

On a sad note Tommy Fleetwood who has been in great form this year and is from Southport, finds himself 11 shots behind after a disappointing +6 76.

More wind and rain are in the forecast for round 2 which begins at 1.32 am EST. https://www.bing.com/search?q=10%20day%20weather%20for%20southport%20england&pc=cosp&ptag=C1A9C7EDF55B3&form=CONMHP&conlogo=CT3210127

Bryan Angus
(notes from theopen.com)

The Open at Royal Birkdale begins in the wind and rain

The Open leaderboard https://www.theopen.com/

In the wee hours of this morning this year's Open got underway at Royal Birkdale on England's NW coast at Southport in a driving rain and a testing wind and a result scoring is at a premium so far.

The very early leaders, Ian Poulter and Alex Noren are at -1. Remember Southport is 5 hours ahead of EST, so as I pen this at 5am EST, it is 10am there, and the rain has now blown through, but the wind will be around all day.

Henrik Stenson is the defending champion after his epic final round with Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon which is just up the coast.

There are 2 Canadians to follow Adam Hadwin and Austin Connelly.

This is the 10th time Royal Birkdale has hosted the Open from 1954 through 2017. Winners at the course include Pádraig Harrington, Mark O'Meara, Ian Baker-Finch, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and Peter Thomson (twice).

For you who have followed golf as long as I have you will remember this is the course where in 1969 the Ryder Cup ended in a 16–16 tie when Jack Nicklaus generously conceded a short putt to Tony Jacklin to halve their match, which later became known as "The Concession."

One of the features of the course is that no 2 consecutive holes are played in the same direction, so you have different conditions on each tee, and with it's huge sand dunes it has more elevation changes than most links and there are some blind tee shots like the very difficult par 4 6th.

Jordan Spieth starts the week as the bookies favourite at 14-1.

So the sun is out now but the breeze is fresh, I will be back here around dinner time tonight with my summary, I have provided the link to https://www.theopen.com/ so you can follow all the action and your favourites.

Bryan Angus

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ian Poulter tied for the lead at AAM Scottish Open

European Tour AAM Scottish Open leaderboard https://www.europeantour.com/en/europeantour/tournaments/2017/aberdeen-asset-management-scottish-open/#leaderboard

Well as I mentioned yesterday, the wind and rain that Scots endure as so much of their daily lives blew through the west coast yesterday, flooding parts of the course, preferred lies were in effect, and as is the custom over there, play continued, and at the end of the day an Englishman of all people, Ian Poulter continued his golfing resurrection 67 69 71 to sit atop the AAM Scottish Open leaderboard at -9, along with another Englishman, unheralded Callum Shinkwin 67 68 72, and veteran Aussie Andrew Dodt 67 69 71.

Poulter and Dodt will be the final pairing at 1535, or 9.35am EST.

Poulter, recently plagued by injury, seemed out of the game earlier this year when he was told he had lost his playing privileges on the PGA Tour, only to find there was an administrative gaffe, and he was back in, barely. Today he has a chance to put all that behind him on this Dundonald Links with next week's Open in mind.

The rain has gone, the wind has died down, although it may get up as the tide comes in later this afternoon, and the course is soft so scoring will be lower today.

The scoreboard is bunched behind the leaders, Rickie Fowler is at -5 after his 74 yesterday so watch for him to make a move as he did at Gullane two years ago.

Bryan Angus

US Women's Open led by China's Feng, dominated by South Koreans

LPGA US Women's Open leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/uswomensopenconductedbytheusga/leaderboard

Much is being made of the appearance of Donald Trump this week at this Old Course, at Trump National, the course he owns, and where he lives in Bedminster NJ. As  he travels the globe introducing himself and his game plan to world leaders, he returns home to a "problem" even a guy with his immense ego can't solve.

While the stars and stripes fly's over his golf course, the flags of China, and South Korea, and Spain, and New Zealand, and England and Sweden and yes Canada fly over the leaderboard.

Shanshan Feng from China shot a -1 71 to reach -9 207 while South Korean amateur Hye-Jin Choi and Amy Yang are T2 tied for second at -8 in this American national championship where the South Koreans are overwhelmingly dominant.

The top six players chasing Feng are all from South Korea, the only American is in eighth place. Cristie Kerr, who is at -4. Of the top 26 players, only 6 are American and only Kerr has an outside chance. Stacy Lewis used to be #1, but she has not won since 2014, made a mess of her back nine yesterday, finishing with a 10 at the last in front of her President, leaving her at +2 and out of it.

A whopping 13 of the 26 are from South Korea. "Yes, quite a few Korean players on the top leaderboard,” said Sung Hyun Park who shot 67 to get to -6, "the course is similar to some in South Korea. I think most of them, if not all, have strong capability to play really well"

World #1, So Yeon Ryu (71), Mirim Lee (67) and Jeongeun Lee (73) are -5
Kerr, who has won the US Open is at shot 70, -4 total with Spain’s Carlota Ciganda (72).

Brooke Henderson had a bogey and a birdie, out in 36, then 2 bogey's and a birdie coming home in 37, 73 and starts today at -2 under when she tees off at 1.08pm. She hit 10/14 fairways, but needed 32 putts .

Because of my Scottish heritage, I have always had an international view of what it is like to immigrate to Canada, and therefore to the USA. From abroad the USA is always viewed as the land of milk and honey. Better weather, opportunity, houses, cars, clothes,,, just everything, than you left at home.

South Koreans view it the same way, and schooled by their parents they will do whatever it takes to succeed and grab their share of the riches that abound here, and in the world of women's golf they are.

In general American born girls are just not cut from the same cloth. They weren't born with the same DNA, they don't come from the same desperation, therefore they are not as driven.

Golf has become a world wide game, the LPGA spends 6 straight week's in Asia at the end of every season. However if the game is to flourish in America where the LPGA Tour is, they need American champions to promote.

With absolutely no disrespect intended, not enough sports fans in mainstream American care about the LPGA, and certainly don't know or care if a young woman from China or South Korea or anywhere else takes their national championship, and more importantly the LPGA cannot use their win to promote their tour, especially if there is a language barrier.

Bryan Angus

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Brooke Henderson T10, 5 shots off the lead at US Women's Open

US Women's Open leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/uswomensopenconductedbytheusga/leaderboard

27-year-old Chinese player Shanshan Feng shot a -2 70 and has a 36-hole total of -8 136 on this water logged 6732 yard Trump course in Bedminster NJ.

Brooke Henderson is scrambling beautifully at has shot 70 71 -3 T10. Alena Sharp 76 72 +4 T69, and amateur Maddie Szeryk 72 77 +5 both missed the cut.

Lydia Ko is also at -3 with Henderson.

The soaking rain over the last 2 days has really softened the course, so play favours the long hitters.

Brooke is amongst the longest and she tweeted this:  I'm a few shots back. Hopefully I can make that up the next 2 days & put myself in contention on Sunday"

Bryan Angus

Scottish weather strikes AAM Scottish Open, McIlroy misses another cut.

European Tour AAM Scottish Open leaderboard https://www.europeantour.com/en/europeantour/tournaments/2017/aberdeen-asset-management-scottish-open/#leaderboard

"Due the threat of high winds the leaders will now tee-off at 11.58 local time, three hours ahead of scheduled, play is therefore to finish just before 16.00 local time".

Thus round 3 is already under way at 6am EST at the AAM Scottish Open with all the leaders in play. Paddy Harrington dropped a shot early and is at -8.

Scores are changing as you can imagine but the leaders are a mix of guys you've never heard of and stars so follow your favourites on my leaderboard link above.

Besides Harrington and his 3 majors, Rickie Fowler is the biggest name remaining and after 67 70 on these Dundonald Links in Ayrshire he has made an early birdie to get to -8. Ian Poulter, 67 69 is now at -9.

The biggest name, Rory McIlroy shot 74 71, but barely missed the cut which fell at E,  as his putting woes continued.

Unknowns like England's Callum Shinkwin 67 68 -9, Alexander Knappe of Germany 70 65 -9 are also tied for the lead.

Aussie veteran Andrew Dodt 67 69 -8 is having a great week.

So look for great wind players like Harrington and Fowler to excel in this wind at the end of play today.

Bryan Angus