Links golf is already an unforgiving game, and this weekend was an especially wild one for those taking the course.
Right now, he's five strokes behind the early leader, Kevin Kisner, though there is still a lot of golf to be played. "Yesterday was a little more defensive, today, we could be a bit more offensive". "Makes me feel a little bit more comfortable", he said of the taped support.
Setting out at 7:52 a.m.in the eighth group of a miserable morning, McIlroy mostly used irons off the tee - he hit driver six times - and usually played safe, intent on avoiding the fairway bunkers that driver would bring into play. But a tee shot into the rough on the par-4 18th left the Barry Burn standing between him and the green, and his second shot landed in the drink.
Woods said he felt good on the practice range prior to his round in the afternoon and remarked that he couldn't really blame the neck problem for his play, except with his swing from time to time.
"If I win next week, then I'll be back again", Lyle added. But today with the wind coming out of the south, southeast, it didn't allow that. The ball wasn't traveling as far on the ground and we could get after some of these lies.
But another trend continued.
Rahm had a strong showing at the Masters this year shooting 11-under-par for fourth place, one of his four top-five finishes this year.
Still, this does not seem as much of a hurdle. Johnson finished at 6-over par, three shots over the cut line. The British pro finished just one stroke behind victor Brooks Koepka (+2200) after he shot a brilliant 63 on Sunday, becoming just the sixth player to ever shoot that low at the U.S. Open. "He hit some incredible shots and just picked his way around the course well".
"There were a few shots I hit poorly out there".
Lyle was accorded the honour by the R&A of hitting the opening tee shot on Thursday, in line with the recent trend which saw Mark O'Meara previous year and Colin Montgomerie at Troon in 2016 do the same, and he found the fairway for the first of three pars before he followed up with birdies at the 4th and 6th, either side of a bogey, to get his name on the leaderboard once again. The three-putt at the 13th was his second bogey of the day.
Two holes later, he found a pot bunker right of the par-3 16th and made bogey. "Even when you think you've got it, it'll come up and bite you". "We had no heads up". He called the crowds "incredible" and "fantastic", and in some sense those crowds included one of the two men playing alongside Woods. The product claims to relax muscles, improve circulation and reduce pressure.
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Schleiden said he expects Thursday's use of the KT Tape by Tiger to be a "big boost" to the company's sales. I think the players respect that. Those were unpaid deals.