Open: young lions make cut, Americans lead

Lula Sharp
July 21, 2018

Woods said he felt good on the practice range prior to his round in the afternoon and remarked that he couldn't really blame the neck problem for his play, except with his swing from time to time. "I've shot three-over par on 16, one-over par on 17 and I'm two over on 15".

The 42-year-old three-time Open champion - who due to back issues had missed the last two editions - admitted afterwards he was suffering from a sore neck but insisted it had not affected his round too much.

"I just did the simple things better and took advantage of the holes I should take advantage of, which made the round much easier".

"I played a little bit yesterday", he said.

Drives of some 400 yards were commonplace and with only wispy rough and little wind, low scores were plentiful in the benign conditions.

A shot farther back at one-over is Davis, the Emirates Australian Open champion from Sydney, who was having a great day until he doubled the par-four 10 hole. Strategies changed. Slightly softer conditions meant power players who were going beyond the trouble hit more irons, and shorter players hit more drivers and fairway metals.

The result was numerous long approaches, but those two opportunities at the par-5s were wasted, along with a three-putt par at the 13th hole.

"I just kept level-headed when I needed to", he told reporters, still wet from his endeavors. But today with the wind coming out of the south, southeast, it didn't allow that.

It was the second straight year that No. 1 and No. 2 in the world missed the cut in a major, and Johnson became the first No. 1 player to miss the cut at the British Open since Luke Donald in 2011.

But another trend continued.

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They played on different ends of a day that began with umbrellas and finished with shadows.

Kevin Kisner put a mediocre links record aside and surged to the first-round lead with a five-under-par 66 at the British Open at a fiery fast and baked-out Carnoustie on Thursday.

One of the house rules: victor pays for the flight home, though not everyone will be on the same plane this year with players headed in too many different directions.

"I think if I focus more on the middle of the fairways, I'd probably hit more fairways, but I'd also end up, probably if I did miss it, in the wrong spot. [But] I guess Johnson & Johnson is doing OK [so] I don't care". "Today wasn't quite as good, but I finally birdied a par-5 [a two-putt at the par-5 16th], so that's a positive".

He still made bogey.

He followed with a 40-footer for birdie at the 11th, but that turned out to be the last of his three bogeys. Fleetwood was the only player to card a bogey free second round.

They are the two holes that will nag at the Holywood native but, overall, he should be very content with his solid start to the third Major of the year.

When it was suggested to Johnson that, when people see the name "Johnson" on the leaderboard of a major championship they must assume it's Dustin Johnson, Zach said, "I've been called "Dustin" many times".

"Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve again for me because, even if I hadn't won that tournament but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier", he said.

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