And we have a record. Brandt Snedeker tied the 36-hole record with a total score of 130, 10-under-par. Sneds first two rounds at the year’s Open Championship is one that dreams are made of. After posting an opening round of 66, he went two shots lower for his second in carding a 64.
What is even more amazing about he back-to-back rounds that Snedeker has posted is that neither scorecard displays a single bogey. In all majors since 1995, the only other player pull off that feat was Tiger Woods back at the 2000 Open Championship. That year, Woods blitzed the field at the Old Course at St. Andrews en route to an eight stroke victory. If Snedeker can duplicate the feat a third time, he will eclipse the mark for fewest over-par holes through three rounds of a major. The current record is one held by Stuart Appleby during the 2001 Masters.
Superb play this far for Snedeker.
But Snedeker can’t get too comfy. First round leader Adam Scott is right on his heels at -9 after he posted a 67 to go along with his opening round 64. And three strokes behind Scott is Woods. Tiger used an outstanding play from a left side bunker on the 18th to post another round of 67. Check out The Hub on the home page and catch the video wrap from ESPN. (Hint: about the 3:40 mark)
While that was a wonderful shot, maybe the day’s best shot came from Tom Watson. Shame he couldn’t convert after a marvelous shot on. Check the video at 6:10 and watch Watson make a crucial putt so he makes the cut.
That putt on the 17th?
If you’re looking at the course guide for this hole, you notice a group of bunkers on the left side of the fairway. Within those bunkers is the information icon. If you click on that , you read about the shot Bobby Jones pulled off during the final round of 1926 Open Championship.
Back to Watson. He drives went into one of those bunkers, but due to overnights storms and the already wet conditions, casual water (that might be an understatement) was in the bunker. While Watson got relief (didn’t look like much relief to me) from the pool, he was able to place his ball in the bunker…with his feet about a foot above the ball. Nice stance.
It wasn’t quite the shot Jones hit, but Watson would pick the ball cleanly off the sand/mud and land the ball within about 15 feet. Par at least, right?
Wrong. He put his birdie attempt about 2 feet past the hole and would miss the little comebacker for a bogey 5 leaving him one off the projects (at the time) cut of +3. Then 18 and the 30-foot bomb to get that stroke back to end his first two rounds at 143…right on the number.
Major winners and big names missing the cut of +3…
Davis Love III
So…my pick of Luke Donald (as I told Ricky on Kickin’ it with Keeler on Blog Talk Radio) is at -2, 8 shots back. Les picked Padraig Harrington who is at +2 after a 72 today…or yesterday depending on where you’re at.