Marc on the Move
Marc Warren is likely to swell the local crowds tomorrow after making a big move up the leaderboard during the second round of The 144TH Open Championship at St Andrews.
The 34 year-old from Rutherglen arrived in the home of golf fresh from a top four finish at last week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane and he maintained his good form by posting rounds of 68 and 69 to go into the weekend on seven-under-par 137.
The three-time European Tour winner now has a great chance to become the first Scot to post a top-ten finish in The Open since Colin Montgomerie here at St Andrews back in 2005.
Warren was warming up when torrential rain halted play for three hours 14 minutes early this morning but the enforced hiatus had no detrimental effect as on the resumption he carded birdies on the 4TH, 5TH and 7TH before dropping his first shot of the day on the short 8TH. As the wind freshened the Scot then came home in one-under-par 35 to wrest the early clubhouse lead from India’s Anirban Lahiri and Australia’s Steven Bowditch.
“I must admit I was quite glad when they postponed play this morning,” he said. “I had started my putting warm-up routine but it was going on a bit longer than normal because I didn’t really want to start hitting balls. I was delighted when they said it was stopped.”
“I’m pretty relaxed at this moment in time,” he added. “I’m really enjoying the atmosphere.
“I’ve got a few years of experience on Tour so I know it’s very early days as far as the golf tournament goes. There’s only two rounds gone but I’m relishing the opportunity ahead of me and enjoying the situation I’ve put myself in.
“It’s something every golfer thinks about as a kid so to live out at least part of that dream is pretty cool.”
Warren was not the only Scot among the early finishers to complete the first two rounds under par. A couple of groups ahead of him Ritchie Ramsay added a 71 to his opening 72 to go into the third round on one-under-par 141.
“I played some good stuff today but the putter was ice cold,” said the 32 year-old Aberdonian. “I’m glad to have given myself a chance but at the same time I’m a little bit disappointed with my score.
“It’s a waiting game and we’ll just have to see what happens with the wind.”