Now that the books is (almost) closed on the first two rounds of the Open Championship at St. Andrews, it’s time to check in on some of the story lines.
Plenty of names have moved into contention at the Old Course, becoming a serious part of the dialogue heading into the weekend, while some of the early week story lines are rounding into denouement. All the way through, the golf media has had every angle and story covered.
Here’s a look some of the best that might have missed:
Jordan Spieth Still in Contention, Grand Slam Hopes Still Alive
Despite incredible play by the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and many, many others, Jordan Spieth’s bid to become the first player to win golf’s modern era grand slam is still alive — albeit probably on life support.
For more, read “Jordan Spieth, others likely won’t finish British Open round delayed by rain” on USA Today.
Never Heard of Danny Willett? Get Familiar.
Fans in the United States may be looking at the top of the leaderboard this week and saying, “Danny who?” — but they should get themselves familiar with the young Englishman sitting in second place.
For more, read “Willett Avoids ‘Armageddon’ in Second-Round 69” on Golf Channel.
Tiger Woods (Likely) Misses Another Major Cut
After a decent performance at the Greenbrier where he thought his game was rounding into form, Tiger Woods came to St. Andrews and struggled mightily. At time of print, the big cat was at +6 for the tournament and had only made two birdies all week.
For more, read “Tiger Reaches Point of No Return” on Golf Channel.
Another Major, Another Miguel Angel Jimenez Stretching Video
With all due respect to the Masters, watching Miguel Angel Jimenez stretch before a major is slowly but surely becoming the “tradition unlike any other.” With that in mind, here’s this year’s video:
For more, read “Check out Miguel Jimenez’s glorious (and kind of sexy!) British Open stretching routine” on FOXSports.com.
Adam Scott, Stevie Williams in a Familiar Place
When Stevie Williams went into retirement, he left Adam Scott looking for a new man to carry his bag. Unfortunately, the 2013 Masters champ couldn’t get a good repor anywhere so he lured Williams back to his bag for the major championship season, looking to regain some form. So far, so good at St. Andrews.
For more, read “Adam Scott is Making Steve Williams Happy … for Now” on Golf Digest.
Zach Johnson is One of Golf’s Most Underrated
You would think that being a Masters champion and a collection of 11 PGA Tour wins would be enough to get yourself into a conversation of “best of” your generation, but Zach Johnson seems to be a bit of a forgotten superstar — but why?
For more, read “The Hushed Spirit of Zach Johnson” on Golf Digest.
British Open Considering Giving Trump Turnberry the Boot
Donald Trump has longed for one of his courses to host a major championship, and for a while it looked like it was just a matter of time. However, en light of his recent comments and the controversy they created, it may not happen at the British Open as originally scheduled.
For more, read “British Open could remove Trump’s Turnberry from rotation” on FOXSports.com.
Freak Accident Almost Keeps Nick Faldo from Finishing Open Championship
Tom Watson wasn’t the only legend closing out his Open Championship career at St. Andrews this week: Three time champ Nick Faldo was, as well — but he almost wasn’t able to finish the round. Here’s why:
For more, read “Nick Faldo Finishes British Open with 71 Despite Freak Accident” on Golf.com.
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