The Open. Zach Zips In As 1st Round Leader.

The Open, the 142nd Championship, being played at Muirfield, where Zach Johnson is the 1st round leader as he zipped around the course in -5 under par 66.

Zach Johnson  (Getty Images)

Zach Johnson / Getty Images

Zach was still smarting from being beaten in a play-off last week by 19-year-old Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic.

Zach said that win or lose he has been playing great golf;

 “I think this game demands resilience. It demands resilience on the golf course, each round, each hole, and day to day. But it also demands it week to week, and that just comes with experience. That certainly comes with embracing what’s happened and then also throwing it behind you and plodding along to the future. If anything from last week, what I’ve embraced is the fact that I’m playing great and I can put that into play, and I’m certainly somewhat confident in what I’m doing, confident in my routines.”

Tied in second spot on -4 under par after their rounds of 67 are Rafael Cabrera-Bello and veteran Mark O’Meara,  56 year-old Mark was the 1998 Open Champion and is an experienced links player.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Tom Lehman and Shiv Kapour are all in fourth place at -3 under par.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are both handily placed at -2 under par, tied in ninth place with a host of players.

Those who look like they will miss the cut include, Rory McIlroy +8 over par, Luke Donald +9, ( I tipped him to win this week) and Nick Faldo, who dusted off his clubs to come out and play, he is at +8 over par.

Tomorrow will sort out those who will go on and try to win this most famous of trophies, on a course that is playing really tough, in good weather conditions. If the wind blows, just about anything could happen, and probably will.


Champions Tour, SAS Championship,Funk and Pate tied at the Top

Fred Funk and Steve Pate are still tied at the top of the leaderboard in the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, North Carolina after the second round. Both players have had identical scores for the first two rounds of 67 and 69 for totals of -8 under par.

Fred Funk a seven time Champions Tour winner will battle against Steve  Pate, in  the final round tomorrow.  Steve Pate is unfortunately winless in his previous 34 starts on the Champions Tour, and will be concentrating hard to get his first win.

Fred admitted he did not play too well to begin with today;

“Well, it wasn’t a very easy round, the first part, I was really struggling with my whole game and managed to shoot 1 over on the front. I kept working on my swing, trying to figure something out. And I really never could figure anything out, and I tried a couple different swing keys. And all of a sudden, I started hitting it really close and hitting it really solid. I hit it really good; hit some irons really good.”

Steve said nothing was easy today;

” Friday was really easy. I hit everything on line. Saturday, I hit nothing on line, there was nothing easy about it, but I only made one bogey, so that was good. I mean, that could have easily gone sideways pretty quickly, and it didn’t, so that was nice.”

Jay Don Blake and Andrew Magee are just one stroke back, while 65-year-old Larry Nelson had the round of the day, a -6 under par 66, and he leads a quartet of players who are just two back.  Larry Nelson’s second round 66 matched Mark McNulty, Mark O’Meara and Mark Wiebe  for total tournament score of – 6 under par. McNulty had a 68, and O’Meara and Wiebe shot 69. 65 year-old Larry said he was conscious about trying to shoot his age;

“It’s just kind of a personal thing, so I guess that’s probably a good thing to focus on, the tournament is secondary at that point. Now Sunday, the tournament might be a little more better or a little bit more of a priority than it was today.”