Saturday, July 18, 2009

British Open Day 3

It was a very exciting day of golf today at Turnberry. True, only five players were under par on their rounds which might suggest that it was a depressing day. But, it wasn't. Tom Watson played a steady round and didn't let anything derail him. He ended up only +1 on the day's round. Steve Marino had a bad round, but he ended on a positive note with a birdie on 18. Miguel Angel Jimenez also had a bad round and is currently at +3. And Mark Calcavecchia also had a bad day - apparently a sore wrist might have contributed to that. The top of the leaderboard looks like this:

Watson -4
Matthew Goggin and Ross Fisher -3
Lee Westwood and Retief Goosen -2
Jim Furyk and Stewart Cink -1
Molder and Jaidee at Even par.

So, what does it look like for tomorrow? Will someone come from behind and swoop in and take the Championship? I will say I doubt it. If tomorrow is another today, then there won't be anyone going low and the winner will be the one who manages his game the best. It's very likely that Tom Watson can win tomorrow. Friday and Saturday's rounds have been pretty steady and unless he develops a health issue or the weather suddenly turns really bad, I don't see him scoring high tomorrow. Maybe emotions will get to him, but they were there today and he still pulled out a good score.

Of the people who I think have a chance tomorrow, I will be rooting for Ross Fisher. I've liked him for a while now and it would be really great if he would win. My second choice would be Lee Westwood. Why not Tom Watson? Because he has some of those Championships already. Fisher and Westwood don't. If I had to root for an American, though, it would be Watson.

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