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.
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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.