The Open Championship is always unpredictable. After one day of the 2013 installment of golf’s oldest major, things are just as hectic as always. The fairways and greens at Muirfield are dried out to a crisp in many spots and golf balls are moving at a hectic pace all over the legendary links. Despite the fact that many of the world’s best are playing well, some of them are flat out not happy about the condition of the course.
Pin placement will be a major thing to watch on day two, as many players again voiced their opinions on difficulties at holes 8, 17 and 18. However, it’s unlikely things will get any easier going forward.
Even with all the challenges the golfers are facing, 20 of them are still under par. Zach Johnson leads the way at (-5), but Mark O’Meara and Rafael Cabrera Bello are right behind him at (-4).
Major championships are at their best when the world’s top players are doing well, and that’s also the case at the 2013 British Open. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are both sitting at (-2) in a tie for ninth, where they’re joined by 19-year old newcomer Jordan Spieth. There are US golfers and storylines galore, in this year’s Open.
Of course you can never forget about the wind in Scotland, and if it picks up on Friday, things could get ugly. As of now the forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies, a temperature of 70-degrees and winds of only eight mph – so it looks like the fried links will continue to be the main issue for Open participants.
The action starts just after 1:30 AM EST and coverage will begin at 4 AM. Woods is expected to tee off around 4:45, while Johnson won’t get started until around 10.
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