Thursday, July 09, 2009

Barclay's Scottish Open

First round of the Scottish Open was today and Australian Richard Green is leading at -7. Adam Scott came out of nowhere with a good round of golf. He was 5 under par. There are ten Spaniards playing this week and Gonzalo Fernandez Castano is doing the best so far as he's tied for second at -6. Jose Maria Olazabal is at even par and needs a spectacular week to earn a spot at the British Open. As for Americans, there are 5 in the field and Nick Watney was the lowest among them at -4. And finally, Nick Faldo is in the field and if you look at the leaderboard, you will see him referred to as "Sir Nick Faldo". I guess when the tournament is in the UK they have to use the 'Sir'.

1 comment:

Andy Brown of HomeofGolf.TV said...

The Scottish Open is definitely a great tune-up heading into the year’s third Major and one that is definitely needed for most of the players who need to acclimatise to the Scottish weather which will be a major factor in this Major. But those who have been there for a while say that the weather is nothing like what they would expect during the Open.

Perhaps it is the heat wave which is yet to abate and it would be rather unfortunate for the guys to get the gusting winds only when the Open gets underway. It would be a complete waste of all the preparation time. There are a few notable absentees from the Scottish Open and they are no doubt trying their best to stay away and shape up. One of those, Padraig Harrington, has had a bit of a struggle this year, what with him tinkering with his swing and the whole deal which has definitely left a lot of people surprised. Another young gentleman who I would really like to see perform well on the big stage is Ryo Ishikawa from Japan who has reached early to practice in and around the courses in Turnberry.

There has been a lot said about the young gun and he has tasted success on the Japanese Tour, so let’s see if he can make the full use of this opportunity.