Moving day at the Open.... After an easy 35 min train trip from Liverpool Central to Hillside we found ourselves on the front doorstep of Royal Birkdale. For those tourists that were making their maiden trip to a major championship the excitement was pretty high. We settled into our hospitality in the Champions Club for a little light breakfast before exploring the course.
Everyone had their own personal plans for the day to watch their favorite players or spend time in the grandstands at the range.
With a the balmy Southport summer beaming 20 degree temps and the breeze all but negligible it was always going to be a low scoring day and in no time we witnessed history being made. Congrats to Branden Grace for shooting the lowest ever score in major championships history. I dropped in on his press conference where he confirmed he had no idea on the last hole what he just achieved!
I then caught up with Jordan & Kuchar as they plotted their way around the front 9. I shared with the lads that Jordan does have the potential to run away with this if he gets it going today. It's not in the bag just yet but with a phenomenal closing stat converting 8 of his last nine 54 hole leads he is certainly in the box seat.
This is not Augusta last April. He retooled his iron game last November/Dec en route to winning the Australian Open in Sydney. If you combine that with the return of his stellar short game and putting prowess it's a recipe for success. Largely he has stayed out of the punishing bunkers thus far which is a huge plus also.
Of the chasing pack: they will need to shoot something in the low 60's to apply any sort of pressure, my guess that the guy best equipped for that around this track is the last major champ, Brooks Koepka. His power game and sharp short game has him positioned for a run at back to back majors.
Kuchar will be Mr consistent but I'm not sure he has quite enough to get over the line.Given that the forecast is for lighter winds than earlier in the week the Claret Jug may be decided with further low scoring in the final round.