Johnson Happy the R&A did the Right Thing
Zach Johnson was a relieved man when play was postponed this morning and he took full advantage of the hiatus when he posted a one-under-par 71 to move into a share of second place in the early stages of the second round of The 144TH Open Championship.
“My mindset was let’s hope there’s a delay,” admitted the former Masters champion who heads into the third round on seven-under-par 137. “I thought that might be pretty far-fetched because this is The Open Championship and you expect brutal conditions here but clearly they made the right decision.
“The course was unplayable. The R&A did what they needed to do and what they were supposed to do which was tremendous. I’d also tip my cap to the maintenance crew because it was a lake on 1 and 18. They did a great job.”
The 39 year-old 11-time PGA Tour winner then went on to profess a deep love of links golf nurtured during 12 Open appearances of which his best performance was tied sixth behind Phil Mickelson at Muirfield two years ago.
“I’ve had some middle-of-the-pack finishes but I love the game over here,” he said. “I love this tournament. If I play well that is just the icing on the cake because I embrace the week. It’s just tremendous golf. I know Augusta is Augusta and there are some other tremendous tournaments but for a professional golfer this is just pure.”
“I feel good about my position,” he added. “Clearly you’d prefer to be towards the top rather than the middle or the back going into the weekend. All the same it’s only two day and we don’t know what Saturday is going to hold.
“All the same I’m excited where my game has been and where it is right now. My outlook is to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’m trying to stay physically and mentally fresh. I’m enjoying the ride because this is a lot of fun.”