Most expected the second round of the 2013 British Open to be a challenging one. With course conditions and pin placements being all the talk on day one, it became clear that the world’s best golfers were in for a long weekend. Zach Johnson took advantage of an early tee time on Thursday to post an impressive (-5), but he figured to have quite the challenge ahead of him to equal that score on Friday. Johnson did in fact drop off, posting a (+4) on the day.
It’s safe to say that Johnson’s drop down the leaderboard was expected. Those expectations had little to do with him as a golfer, but more to do with his later tee time. It’s abundantly clear that early players have an advantage on the lightning quick links at Muirfield. Johnson fell victim to the afternoon sun and wind on his way down to a tie for sixth place.
He certainly didn’t help his cause, though, with a woeful double bogey on 15 and a bogey on 18 to end his day. He didn’t look comfortable on the greens by the end of the round and it was clear his Friday just needed to be over. He no doubt limped to the finish, but considering the treacherous conditions, he should be happy with his position behind leader Miguel Jimenez (-3).
Zach Johnson is one of four US golfers in the top 10 as we head into day three of the Open Championship.
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