This season's major champions at The Open
July 18, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Bubba Watson had eight birdies, nine birdies and one triple bogey through two rounds at The Open Championship. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, England -- Bubba Watson planned to head back to the house he rented this week, watch a little of The Open Championship with his roommate, Webb Simpson, and look into changing his flight home to the United States.
"Me and Webb will probably be making fun of how bad we played today," Watson said. "I don't know what he shot -- probably terrible."
For the record, Simpson's 77 left him at 9 over and on the wrong side of the cut at the 143rd Open. Ditto for Watson, although his round of 72 was an improvement over Thursday for the reigning Masters champion, who finished at 4 over.
At the same time, Martin Kaymer, who followed Watson to major bounty with his dominating win at the U.S. Open last month, needed birdies on the final two par 5s to make sure he's sticking around for the weekend. Kaymer shot even par and is 1 over for the tournament.
"I think I needed to be very unlucky to miss the cut, with the way I played," Kaymer said. "I just missed three short putts today and yesterday and then I got screwed a couple of times on two holes.
"But overall, it was a good fight and I'm very happy with the way I played the back nine because I kept myself in the tournament and gave myself a chance."
Kaymer, who birdied three of his first five holes, made his second double bogey of the tournament at No. 7 on Friday, which he has now played in 3 over alone. He found a gorse bush off the tee and had to re-tee, and it ended up taking him five just to get on the green.
"And then you start thinking, you haven't done much wrong," Kaymer said. "You were three under a moment ago, and now you're fighting for double bogey."
Kaymer bogeyed his next two holes, as well, then added another at No. 14 to drop below the cut line. The birdies at Nos. 16 and 18 saved the day -- and the weekend, though.
"It's always nice when you fought and then in the end you ger rewarded," Kaymer said. "Even though they are par 5s, they are difficult to play today. So I'm very confident going into the weekend now."
Watson's "hiccup" came on the 11th hole in the first round where he made a triple bogey on the way to a 76. He actually had gotten back to 1 over for the tournament on Friday with consecutive birdies at Nos. 10 and 11 but he finished with four bogeys and just one birdie and headed for the TV remote.
Watson said he doesn't generally sit home and watch golf on TV -- except for the Masters and "two favorite years I watch all the time," said the man who's won two Green Jackets.
"But over here, like yesterday morning, we watched coverage and stuff ... because it's neat. This is how golf is intended to be played. So, it's fun to watch the bounces and everything."
Even when they go against you at The Open Championship.