Unlikely Pair Lead at Royal St. George
By mustang6560 on 7/14/11
I'm starting to rethink my Open Championship prediction. I picked Lee Westwood to win the Claret Jug, but he didn't look particularly sharp today.

He finished with an opening round one-over par 71, which is not terrible but he's six shots off the lead. The Englishman is still very much in the mix, but I'm not as confident as I was yesterday with my pick.

I must admit, though, the Open Championship is setting up for a nice finish. The two players currently tied atop the leaderboard include the unlikely pair of Thomas Bjorn and Tom Lewis. Bjorn wasn't included in the original 156 man field and and it wasn't until Vijay Singh withdrew Monday that he accepted an invitation to play. And Lewis is an amateur. No offense to either player, but I don't think many people had a Bjorn/Lewis leaderboard on their betting sheet after round one.

If you look dig a little deeper, the current leaders make sense. Bjorn was leading by three strokes at the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George's until the 70th hole, when it took him three shots to get out of the bunker. That year he finished bogey, double bogey, bogey, par to lose to Ben Curtis by one stroke. The bunker on hole 16 now bears his name. Lewis, even though he's an amateur, won the 2009 British Boys title at Royal St. George's so he has some pretty extensive local knowledge that will definitely help me maneuver through the course.

The big names didn't play quite as well today. Last year's winner, Louis Oosthuizen opened with a two-over 72 and Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy both carded a 71. Not bad, but it's hardly the start the reigning major champs wanted. Americans Lucas Glover and Webb Simpson are currently tied for third with Miguel A. Jimenez.

House keeping reminder, if you joined the oobgolf Fantasy Challenge Giveaway, don't forget to make any necessary changes to your roster for tomorrow's second round. I don't want anyone to have any excuses for why they lost.

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photo by .Sutty

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legitimatebeef says:
Well my pick KJ Choi is hanging in there at +1. I'm confident he'll be top 10 at least.

I watched some of Tom Watson's round and while he didn't play all that great, he's still in it and it's cool that he can totally compete on these courses. It's remarkable that this guy at age 60 or whatever is one of the most compelling golfers in the game today.
mustang6560 says:
@legit- Well, looks like KJ is going to hold on. Too bad I can't say the same for Lee...
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