July 20 2013
As the contenders begin to tee off at The Open Championship, here’s some interesting notes from the opening 36 holes at Muirfield:
-- Miguel Angel Jimenez, who holds a one-stroke lead, had just two top-10s in 20 Open Championship appearances before this year. Both top-10s came at Royal Lytham, a T-3 in 2001 and T-9 last year.
-- Jimenez will be 49 years, 6 months and 16 days old on Sunday. The oldest Open Championship winner is Tom Morris Sr., winning in 1867 at the age of 46 years and 99 days.
-- Darren Clarke (2011) is the last 36-hole leader to win The Open Championship. The 36-hole leader has won 17 of the past 42 Open Championships.
-- This year’s cut came at 8-over 150 with 82 professionals and two amateurs advancing. By comparison, in 2002 at Muirfield, the cut came at 2-over 144.
-- Masters champion Adam Scott is at 1-over 143, four shots behind Jimenez. A player has won the Masters and Open Championship in the same season eight times: Ben Hogan (1953), Arnold Palmer (1962), Jack Nicklaus (1966), Gary Player (1974), Tom Watson (1977), Nick Faldo (1990), Mark O’Meara (1998) and Tiger Woods (2005). Scott was runner-up in last year’s Open Championship.
-- Rory McIlroy’s 12-over 154 this week was his highest 36-hole score in 10 missed cuts on the PGA TOUR.
-- Lee Westwood (T-2) carded a second-round 3-under 68, his first round in the 60s at the Open since an opening-round 67 eventually led to a runner-up finish at St. Andrews in 2010.
-- Angel Cabrera (T-6) snapped a streak of three-consecutive missed cuts at the Open Championship. His last made cut led to a T24 finish at Turnberry in 2009.
-- Jason Day enters the weekend T20 after rounds of 73-71, earning his third made cut in as many Open Championship starts (T60-2010, T30-2011). He is the only player with top-10 finishes in the first two major championships this year (3rd-Masters, T2-U.S. Open).
-- Muirfield played to a 74.984 scoring average in the first two rounds. Muirfield’s scoring average was 74.597 in the first round and 75.373 in the second round. There were just four rounds in the 60s in the second round, compared to 14 on Thursday. There were no bogey-free rounds in either of the first two rounds.